What Grows on my Walk

Every morning, I walk three miles. Sometimes it’s five miles, but most of the time, it’s three. It’s walking meditation–where I am aware and in the moment. It’s interesting to see what I notice and what shows up every morning–an ever-changing show of natural lessons that reveal themselves.

Here’s what I saw this morning that gave me food for thought:

In the desert, grass is hard to come by. This grass was not only growing in our sandy soil, it was four feet off the ground, and inside a Stop sign pipe. Now, that’s determination! Even more incredible, the grass in the pipe seems to be healthier than the grass on the ground!



All winter, I noticed a house that had a swatch of green grass. Really green. Preternaturally green. One day, I stopped and took a closer look. Sure enough, it wasn’t real grass, it was fake grass. Plastic.

The only real grass in this front yard is the small weed in the front, just-right-of-center in the above photo. That just-mowed look is strips of plastic.

Then I took a closer look. In the middle of the sea of plastic, was. . . a weed.

Not only was it a real weed, the owner had sprayed his plastic with weed remover. I wish I’d been able to talk to him when he found a real weed on his fake grass. A few days earlier, I’d taken a photo of the weed, but it blended in too well. This photo, of plastic and the war of the weeds, is far more eloquent.

Maybe if he’d seen the determination of the Stop sign weed, he would have caved and let it grow.

A weed, of course, is just what we call it. It’s wild grass, or a plant in a place we don’t want it. I love making these discoveries on my morning walk. I’m not going to draw any conclusions for you. You can do that so well on your own.

-Quinn McDonald is a walker, writer, and creativity coach who strives to live in the present moment.



17 thoughts on “What Grows on my Walk

  1. Google search: “vertical greenhouse”; you’ll see things that resemble that signpost. And somewhere I’ve seen some designs for self-ventilating structures that resemble the perforations in the post.

  2. Well nomatter how surreal this may be.. it does look good from here 😉

    Do they also have blooming silk hortensias or plastic roses?

  3. I keep wondering if the weed killer will eventually melt/destroy the plastic lawn? Maybe I’m rooting for the weeds.

    Oh, and the Stop sign weed just HAS to get more coolness and moisture inside that metal conduit, therefore finding a very hospitable mini-micro-climate.

    Quinn, I love your observations.

    • I’m rooting for the weeds, too. Which I do not do in my own xeriscaping. Hee, hee. We’ve had our first 100-degree day. I think the weed in the Stop sign is tougher than I can imagine.

  4. Hilarious! they probably moved because they wanted a dry climate then did the fake grass thing. So silly, when there are so many native plants that make a fine lawn. I wonder if he ever mows it?

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