Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Photo Shoot #31 - Footprints

The theme of Carly's Monday Photo Shoot this week is Footprints. If you want to play too, click HERE.

I knew immediately what footprints I'd photograph: some of the dog and coyote prints that are found in the saltillo tiles in my house. These tiles are made in Saltillo, Mexico, and as they dry out in the desert a coyote, chicken, or dog may pass by and leave their foot prints on some of them. Businesses often discard these tiles, but I love the fact that the floors of my house include some dog and coyote prints, as well as the impression of a bicycle tire, in the saltillos.

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You can judge the size of the animals that made the prints relative to Ike, who at 15 pounds is not exactly petite.
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These prints are on my kitchen floor. Last week someone came over and exclaimed, "Oh! There are animal prints on your kitchen floor!" (As if I wouldn't have noticed, I guess).

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I love this impression of a bicycle tire. I like to imagine a kid riding across the almost solid tiles in late afternoon, the sun low in the sky.


Cynthia said...

I love, love, love those prints in your tiles, and you embracing their "imperfection." To me, it would be a beautiful reminder of life surrounding us at all times, even when we forget how much is out there.

Carly said...

Hi Judi :)

How cool is that? Very nice. I can just imagine the puppy who put those there. LOL


Tammy said...

I love that you went with character over matching. Very cool! XXOO

Melissa said...

How wonderful that you kept the tiles with the prints! I wouldn't have thought of that!

wv: otter? Are there any otter prints there?

Suzanne R said...

How very neat your prints in the tiles are! I would love to have something with so much character on my floors.

Terri said...

These are wonderful! Gives me ideas for our remodel project, new bathroom. Hmmm. I'd have to borrow a cat or coyote though!

Jama said...

That's so cool! It would be perfect if your cat can make the imprint too.

Wammy said...

Why would anyone want to not use those cool tiles. I think all the imprints are awesome. Very unique.