What interesting timing! Nine days ago, I answered a Daily Post prompt in which I had to describe what I saw outside our back door. This morning, The Finicky Cynic sent out her own informal yet similar challenge. Well, let me fulfill F.C.’s challenge twice: Not only will I ping my earlier post to F.C.’s challenge (heads up, Cynic), I’ll do a totally new post here, in which I look out my front window.
Well, you may notice and are asking me, “Hey, Allison, that’s clearly not a view from a window.” Well, it’s true that I took this pic alongside the driveway leading to my apartment, but this actually the same things I see outside my living room window. And this is a westward view, for the record.
Unlike the view F.C. has from her window, there are no telephone wires or power lines here (though, for the record, there’s a big ugly power line in the rear of my building). What you do see, however, are trees, and lots of them. I feel fortunate enough to live on a street and in a neighborhood where every house and building has more than one tree providing shade and beauty. I worry, though, about the health of some of them. As I noted in my “back door” post, a frequent and unfortunate sight has been apparent diseased trees, including those that have had some branches just not sprout any leaves this season. Luckily, that hasn’t been the case outside my window, although the big tree you see at the foot of my driveway (center left of the photo) has seen some bark wear off from the side of its trunk. I first noticed that a couple of summers ago and have worried about its health ever since. Luckily, though, it’s still standing, and will do so for hopefully a long time.
Across the street from my building, the condo/fancy apartment complex has its own share of lovely foliage. You should actually see it in late April or early May, though; those cherry blossoms (straight ahead as you see the photo) display a stunning display of white before the temperature gets warmer and the white blooms turn to green leaves.
Those blossoms sure make up for the fact that those apartment/condo buildings are… well, let’s face it, they’re huge! Imposing, even. I’ll clue you in on something: A good 25-30 years or so ago, those apartments were not there; in fact, almost that entire block was an empty space, and I found out this when going to the library downtown, finding a book of aerial images of Dane County from 1987, and paged through it until finding the images of my neighborhood (my apartment building was in existence then, by the way). Was this big block an actual park back then or just an empty lot awaiting development? I’m not sure actually; that old map book doesn’t provide guidance either way. What I do know is that had I lived in my apartment back then, I would have had a beautiful, uncluttered view of the West, one mostly free of bricks and mortar, and one where I would’ve had lots of late afternoon/early evening sunshine peering through my window in the summertime… and a space that I bet myself and lots of others in this neighborhood would appreciate as a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life (though we still have similar respites in our neighborhood that can make up for that).
Whatever buildings and houses make up this neighborhood, though, this has been a nice little locale to live in, one that I am glad has been my neighborhood the past 8 years or so. If or when I must move from my apartment and this location, I bet I’d be hard pressed to find a new neighborhood as pleasant as this one.