Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My comings and my goings (to work)

(Going to work in the morning - our building is ahead.)

My day is framed by crossing and then re-crossing over the Mississippi River. That has been true for many years, but is very apparent now that I am walking over the river instead of zipping by car or bus over on a bridge that is continuous with the road, with time for an idle glance to the river bank in its changing seasons.

But now that I can see the river many times a day as I pass along the bank of windows in the corridor of our third-story office suite, I am more and more conscious of the river and its ecosystem as a presence in my life. Campus to the east of the river; downtown Minneapolis to the west of the river; my home on the other side of downtown.

I wish (sigh) that I had gotten one of the three administrative offices facing the river instead of mine with a side-window looking at the edge of the riverbank (those folks get to watch the wheeling eagle who nests somewhere along the bank). On the other hand, perhaps I would gaze too often, and get lost in reverie.

 
(A late work day ends - view of walk bridge from the window.)
 
 (After hours - nighttime view of walk bridge and city.)

7 comments:

Pop and Ice said...

The window views are very pretty and would be distracting. The bridge walk would be ok in non-windy weather. Do you walk it every day?

Mary Ellen said...

I walk most days - it's about 15 minutes. (The bus connection has me standing downtown in the cold for at least 10 minutes). I do, however, occasionally drive and park at one of the meters in front of my office building - I stockpile rolls of quarters. But the walk is much better for me. We're down to one car, and have managed through the fall and most of the winter.

Nancy said...

One of my favorite places while living in Prior Lake was a walk along the river at the walking bridge. It is a lovely place to spend some time. An office with a view would have me daydreaming. I have a year-round creek in my backyard - it mesmerizes me for far longer than I should let it.

San said...

Mary Ellen, these are dazzling pictures of your river. How nice to be able to walk to work. It takes me 25 minutes to drive to work, so walking isn't in the cards for me. I just don't have the nerve to walk on the side of the highway. :) But the road I travel isn't that crowded and I do love driving through the high desert countryside.

Hystery said...

Mary Ellen, such beautiful images! I've been thinking of recording my world with my camera and now feel that I really must. I even posted some photos for some friends. I'm usually too lazy. Thanks for the inspiration.

Leone said...

What a nice view and walking across the bridge every day must be a great experience. Walking is so much nicer than driving, you see so much more.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Wow, beautiful photos.