What I’ve Been Reading Lately

February 18, 2013

“In this book, I am looking for what I miss, every day, right in front of me, while walking around the block.”
— Alexandra Horowitz, On Looking:  Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

The book On Looking

The book On Looking

“What an epiphany to reconceive a city . . .”

I really like the idea of this book.  In it, Alexandra Horowitz takes short urban walks with eleven “experts” in various fields, and as they share what it is like to notice things through their eyes, Horowitz herself begins to see with new-found vision and understanding.  The eleven walking companions are:  a 19-month-old toddler, a geologist, a typographer, the illustrator and writer Maira Kalman, a field naturalist and insect expert, a wildlife biologist, an analyst of pedestrian movement, a medical doctor, a blind woman, a sound engineer, and a dog.

I was hoping one of her experts would have been a horticulturist or botanist, because it is most likely plants that I attend to on the walks in my neighborhood.  It would have been instructive to compare notes.

I know one thing.  This book will prompt you to go out for a walk around the block in your neighborhood.  Here are a few photos of a late winter walk through my eyes and camera lens:



Rhododendron bud

Rhododendron bud

Witch hazel

Witch hazel

Sunlight through kale leaf

Sunlight through kale leaf

New leaves

New leaves










9 Responses to “What I’ve Been Reading Lately”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    The photos are lovely. And, I think you might enjoy reading this article I’ve had tucked in my files for four years, about one man’s blockathon.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Well, I absolutely LOVED the article. I will have to plan more long walks in Seattle this year. Now I’m inspired.

  2. I am going to HAVE to read this! Thank you!

  3. Sigrun Says:

    New leaves looks very promising – !

  4. Margaret Says:

    I just added the book to my Amazon wish list! I have to laugh because I just had a conversation about this with some friends this weekend. Dick and I see and remember totally different things when we are out and about.

  5. Elisa Says:

    OOOOOOOOHhhhhhhhhhh you are getting me very excited to pop out and to sneak up upon the newest growing delight at each stage of the coming!

  6. What an interesting idea! I loved it. I want to read the book now. Your pictures are beautiful too. Just shows how we miss out the tiny buds and the tender leaves in our hurry to run through our daily lives. Thank you for the post.

  7. Elece Hollis Says:

    Love your nature photos. They are unique looks

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