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de Maisonneuve between St Mathieu and St Marc

22 November 2009

And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean, and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man,
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.

– Wordsworth, Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey (1798)

Long view of tracks on de Maisonneuve in front of the old "Victoria School."

Bold deep landing tracks filled with leaf detritus.

Here is the site of these tracks with the Pigeon Tracks poster.

These tracks are in front of a Victorian building that has been abandoned for some time. It provides one of the rare patches of green in the downtown core and nature is reclaiming the front steps – slowly transforming it into a contemplative, Romantic folly.

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Why look at pigeon tracks on the sidewalk?

22 November 2009

City pigeons are the product of domestication – but exist somewhere between tame and wild. Their traces in wet cement remind us that human and non-human animals share the city together. The sidewalk was once a meeting place – not just a passageway.  Pigeons still use it that way.

Map of pigeon walk

22 November 2009