Over the fence

Sometimes juxtapositions make us view objects quite differently from how we would view them on their own.  Today, I kept noticing not only fences and boundaries, but how the fences change the objects that are seen over them.  The palm tree above is much more interesting above the fence than ont its own.  Without the spiky trunk, the fronds that peek over the fence look more graceful.  They give a hint that the block wall may be hiding something, that what is behind it may not match its severe facade at all.  Likewise, the escaping vines soften the corner of that same yard as they spill over the top of it.

Over the same green block fence, a larger tree’s new red leaves cascade softly over the wall, promising that shade is at hand for the warmer months.  The yellow building to the right of the tree is shaded by its leaves, but also somewhat hidden by them.

Over some fences, it looked like a garden was just overflowing its boundaries, too generous to be contained on its own patch of land, determined to share its bounty with the world.  The fence itself actually caught my eye before the flowers, because of the way the pickets have a different rhythm from the standard pointed picket fence.  The flowers escaping over the fence, and the promise of roses to come later in the season turn it from merely interesting to purposeful as the pickets help to shape the flowers.

Elsewhere, it appeared as if vines were attempting to break free from behind a fence, tearing the boards apart in their desire to escape.  It adds another dimension to the message graffitied on the fence.

An uninspired building a block away is intriguing when viewed over the fence and through the trees.  After viewing it like this, I had hoped to find some interest in the building up close, but it really was quite ordinary.  I like it much better viewed over the fence.

The bright new fence around this well-aged house tells a tale of revitalization, which is proven by the new coat of paint on the other side of the house.  Old and new together are such an appealing combination.  And again, look at the split points on the picket fence.  A different kind of rhythm here, but a similar idea.  Is this a new trend in fencing, or are we woefully behind the times?


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