Saturday, April 21, 2007

Steps For All Seasons

Nature Center, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.
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"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.(1929 - 1968)
Taking a step in every direction; going no where at all? This was a unique double staircase that disappeared through the circular arc to the second floor. I thought it was exquisite architecture, so unusual.

Spiraling staircase in Jamestown South dorm. College of William & Mary.
"You know how it is when you're walking up the stairs, and you get to the top, and you think there's one more step? I'm like that all the time." ~ Steven Wright (1955 - ), Canadian comedian
The day Nyssa moved into the brand new dorm as a resident assistant, construction workers were busy unloading furniture, checking phone systems and various other last minute items. Scaffolding was still only partially taken down and the final cleaning had not yet been done. This wide open stairway compliments the elevator... YEAH!!!! Yes, there is an elevator.... great for the mom who has to deliver futons, computers, lamps and rugs to the fourth floor. I loved the fact that we were almost the first to use the stairs and I could picture all those smiling youthful faces as they greet friends returning from summer break. It did make me a bit dizzy as I hung over the railing with my camera, trying to get the right angled shot. Ohh! I must sit down!

Mysterious steps to where? Brooklyn Botanical Garden
"Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision." ~ Ayn Rand
"Step into my parlor" said the spider to the fly. Ooooo! I call these my "secret garden" steps. No, we didn't take them to see where they went, somewhere very special I'm sure, but following them would have destroyed the mystery. And everyone must have some mystery in their life!

Fantasy stairway to the stars. Local carousel.
"Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life." ~ Ralph Ransom
These steps speak of fantasy, elegance, the red carpet, celebrity, and believe it or not... life! Wouldn't it be nice if the steps we take in life were always brightly lit with lights to show us the right way to go? Never getting lost in the forests and dense underbrush of circumstance? Yes, I know... fantasy!

Back lit step tile. Dylan's Candy Bar. New York City Posted by Picasa
"The greatest gift . . . is the realization that life does not consist either of wallowing in the past or of peering anxiously at the future; and it is appalling to contemplate the great number of often painful steps by which one arrives at a truth so old, so obvious, and so frequently expressed. It is good for one to appreciate that life is now. Whatever it offers, little or much, life is now-this day-this hour." ~ Charles Macomb Flandrau
Finally, I leave you with this tile, appropriately, from a candy store..... stay sweet.... but not sappy!

The theme for Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt this week is "steps". You can go here to "Grab the Scavenger Hunt code" and here to join the blogroll. This really cute logo is available there as well. The link to other participants is in my blogroll on the sidebar.

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