Wednesday, March 31, 2010

357/365 Look down: green grass

Americans have a bit of an obsession with green grass, don't we?

We force it to grow where it wouldn't naturally -- in subdivisions in Arizona, in the desert of Nevada -- even at the risk of causing a water shortage. In the wetter climates, like Indiana, we water it just to keep it green when the rain tapers off in late summer.

Where did that practice begin? My guess is that it evolved with the popularity of subdivisions following World War II. Green grass became a bit of a status symbol.

While I don't really support watering mature grass just for the sake of keeping it green, I do relish its return after a long, cold winter. And I love walking on that lush carpet in bare feet. It's one of those little joys that is so simple but loved by just about everyone.

Welcome back, green grass!

Camera: Canon 40D with 60mm macro lens, 1/100s, f/2.8 at ISO 800

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