Pedestrian Walkway At The Missouri Botanical Garden

Covered path at the Missouri Botanical Garden

I rarely take people pictures. It makes me feel sneaky (when I try to take pictures unobserved) or shy (when I’m spotted). I’d be hard pressed to estimate how long I’ve spent in gardens waiting for people to clear away from my shot and how often I’ve captured a random back or stray bottom by mistake when looking too excitedly at a flower to thoroughly check the periphery. 

I remember pausing here to wait for a man with a child in a pushchair to clear from my shot of a pedestrian walkway. If I’d have clicked a little earlier, this would have been a better submission for this week’s challenge. Alas, we only have the patterns of light and shade to admire here, unless you can people the picture with one or more figures in your imagination. I’m sure some of my regular commenters could not just do that, but have 60 word stories invented about them within a minute or two!

The walkway is a thoughtful mix of form, function and reverie, just as a garden path should be. One detail which is easy to miss if you’re viewing this on a phone is that the slatted wall of the walkway has oval viewing points positioned along it. These frame different areas of the garden, creating vistas and vignettes as you stroll along.

35 Replies to “Pedestrian Walkway At The Missouri Botanical Garden”

  1. I identify with your feelings about people pictures, however I have come to learn that most people are happy to appear. I usually ask, and if they are not, I delete them.

  2. “Form, function, and reverie”…..ahhhh….the essence of garden. I prefer this without people because then I can pretend I’m there by myself and it’s all mine to savor for the moment. No doubt revealing my basic misanthropic tendencies. This path is utterly peaceful for me: part geometry, part botany, all tranquility. Except for those people looking back at me through the ovals, thanks to Abrie Joubert. (I think the comments on some blogs are their own literary genre.)

    1. It’s all yours (except for the ovals crowd). The comments do have a life of their own. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started blogging, but these days I have half a mind for the comments even as I’m writing.

  3. The photo is perfect without people in it–as you say, the whole setup suggests that it is designed for people so we don’t actually need to see them!

    1. The design of the path must be great for accessibility too – I’ve come across too many people teetering valiantly around (and even marooned) on motorised vehicles on hilly British gardens.

    1. The shadows make the picture. They seemed unusually clear, perhaps because our English sunlight doesn’t have the same intensity.

  4. I try to avoid snapping people too. But the time spend waiting for them to go away often provides an opportunity to notice a better angle from which to take the shot or fiddle with the camera settings to add something atmospheric-ish. I really like this photo; sort of makes me want to visit the garden just to experience the walkway. But probably not within walking distance of Wales so I’ll stick to liking the pic.

    1. You make a very good point. It’s not even in triathlon distance of Wales, but I’m sure garden lovers over there would love to visit Bodnant or Powis Castle!

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