Art Every Day 11.14

A surveying control point set into the sidewalk in Seattle, WA. Photo by Christine Bryant Cohen, 2013.

A surveying control point set into the sidewalk in Seattle, WA. Photo by Christine Bryant Cohen, 2013.

I set out to take photos of the sunset. They turned out okay. I took photos of raindrops on plants. Also okay. But the best photo is this one, taken of a surveying control point set into the sidewalk on my block.

I notice boundary markers, frequently, in all locations, because I am a surveyor's daughter. My dad has worked as a land surveyor in Missouri for 35 years. When I was a kid, he would take us all on Sunday drives to subdivisions out in the boonies that were being constructed. On road trips, he would show us landmarks that are only significant to surveyors (have you been to the highest point in Kansas? It's called Mount Sunflower, and it predictably looks like a hill). He sends me emails about surveyors climbing the summit of Mount Rainier with GPS equipment that can measure how much the mountain has grown in the last decade (answer: about as much as you would expect for a stratovolcano on a subduction zone to rise).

The sidewalk in the photo is covered with Pacific Northwest moss, but it makes me think of my Midwestern home.