Tuesday, May 3, 2011


"The greater philosopher a man is,
the more difficult it is for him to answer
the foolish questions of common people."
           Henryk Sienkiewicz

  While in the city running around doing errands with M, I see what I think is a great photo-op. We are sitting at a local food establishment; I am half way through my meal when I see this. I dash out of the restaurant to capture the moment, making M question my sanity.
 I do not know why but something about the reflection on the water, the rain, the busy back round of the city, and these simple shoes made me think. I love when that happens.
 This photo gives me lots of questions.

 Did this person take off their shoes, swim across the puddle, not wanting to get them wet?

 Did someone after his, or her workout, eat a burger sitting on the sidewalk, and then forget them?

Are they some kind of protest statement outside this eating establishment because of the sign?
“ No shoes, No service”

 They sit here just on the edge of the puddle, waiting. We will never know why.

 Questions, with no answer.    Strange; The questions or just maybe the photographer?



  1. Love this. It reminds me of one of my most fav quotes:

    Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…do not seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  2. Good morning Buttons...OH I LOVE IT WHEN I SEE THINGS LIKE THIS...it really provokes questions just like you said and when my husband and I are together and see things that 'make for thoughts' - I just keep going on and on with ideas and wow, I say "somebody stop me'! lol
    I love this post...thank you!


  3. When you're aware of your surroundings you see the most interesting things...

  4. Sara I an see why you love this quote it is inspiring. I hope you don't mind I am copying it down because you are so right it is one to live by Sara. I'm glad you got my weirdness. B

  5. Karen Thank you my husband will not stop either even if I whine about it later. Thanks Karen. LOL.

  6. Patti Bee You are so right. I debated if it was to weird to put on the blog. Glad I did. B

  7. Texwisgirl. Strange but true. LOL B

  8. I always question when I see work boots hanging from hyrdo lines. perhaps a country thing? or did the hydro fellow pass out and this is his life marker. Cty Rd 2 near Rice Lake has boots turned over on fence posts....like grave markers. I always wonder. great post.

  9. Heritage you think like me and now I have to go find those boots near Rice Lake County Road 2. My sister lives near Rice Lake it would be nice to have another excuse to go there. B

  10. Maybe they just needed to go for a walk in the rain barefoot. Good thing you had your camera I see odd stuff like that all of time and never have my camera.

  11. hee hee, things like that make me think and ponder a million different things.

    good shot!!! :) it was worth pausing your meal for!

  12. Farmgirl I have never left my house without my camera it is in my pocket or welded to my hand like someone has quoted. Barefoot in the rain is nice. B

    mountain mama yes it is always nice to have your mind go these different places. I am glad you like it. B

  13. Good thoughts spurred on by those sneakers! Wonder if they're still there!

  14. Love this.
    It probably depends on who you are...as to where your thoughts "run" to.
    If it was me, I would wonder if the runner stopped to take these off just to try out the new Barefoot Running phenomenon that has been going around. I would just want to run barefoot in the rain:)))

  15. I just have to wonder how tall a woman would have to be to wear THOSE shoes! ; ) GREAT picture. My son took some awesome pictures of a pair of his old boots down by the river - they are REALLY cool. Perhaps I will ask him if I can share them on my Blog.

  16. Yes, the situation poses a lot of questions. My guess is the shoes were set down while loading a car and then forgotten. I've seen that kind of thing happen several times. Whatever the reason, I understand the desire to save the moment even at the questioning of your sanity.

  17. It does make you wonder, doesn't it?

  18. Mayhap they are Puddle Shoes taking a rest.

  19. Oh the mind boggles!! Maybe the runner literally 'ran out of shoes'! Maa

  20. Wife of a Dairyman I was wondering the same thing. B

    Dawn yes running barefoot in the rain is the best but better on grass than pavement.B

    Leenie I never question my sanity but I am sure others do.B

    Mama Zen still wondering.B

    Mimi You may be right.B

    Maa I guess we will never know unless I see him running this way. B

  21. You are a perfectly normal photographer! Not strange at all! No, not at all!!!

  22. Great shot. Leaves the mind to wander. Nice to see something different.

  23. Wow, I wish I could know the answer. Provoking shot!

  24. So glad you put it in. The reflections are great and the questions are many. Sometimes we've just got to take a leap of faith and hit the 'publish' button don't we? - (take note self!). Hugsxx

  25. Dimple Thank you I think lol.B

    Birds Bees yes it is always the unexpected thing that gets people talking. B

    Tasha Thank you and Welcome. B

    Susan I think I am going to put more of my weirdness in here I guess people do get it. B

  26. You have creative "button" triggers.. is that why you are called "buttons" ?


    this shot is dreamy - makes one think inward rather then reflect outward...

  27. I'm not sure I would have seed that as a photo op. Great eye!

  28. Feralwoman I am sure I told you "Cute as a Button" lol Thanks You have great funny comments. You must be feeling better. B

    bettyl Thank you. B

  29. a perfect photo op.... I'd have been out there in a shot too. It's great to have all the questions..... but, oooohh.... I am always so curious as well. I wish we knew the answer....... darnit....


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