Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stairways taken, literally and figuratively, No. 4

According to the Urban Dictionary online, People often confuse literally with figuratively. Literally is a much misused adverb, often for emphasis. So, that's what I'm doing with it here, on purpose. And Urban Dictionary defines figuratively as "What everybody means when they say "literally." I suppose that's what I'm doing here, too, because literally is defined by Merriam Webster online as in a literal sense or manner, actually, while figuratively is defined there as: representing by a figure or resemblance. And, of or relating to representation of form or figure in art. Now, I've confused myownself, doggone it. Let's see if I can straighten this out successfully. It's a play on words, y'all, because I took the stairs (walked) and I took the stairs (photographed). Both things actually happened. This idea of mine all hinges on the definition of take from Merriam Webster online. One is use as a means of transportation or progression. Another is to obtain as the result of a special procedure, in this case photography. Whew. Now I'm spreading these photos out over five days starting with Monday, August 19, 2013.
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Just to the left of the stairway seen in the post on Wednesday, August 21, I noticed this completely different stairway, one that you'd never catch me taking although you can tell it's not locked, nor is it controlled by any vigilant human being. It does head for an unlocked gate in the chain link fence. So, since I am not a goat, literally, I took this stairway figuratively. And I tried to crop the vertical image into two separate images which I could then resized and juxatposed on the screen so that you could get an almost accurate idea of why I found this stairway the most interesting of all that I saw. Who took the time to find these stones? To place them there? What was the weather like when it was done? How long have they been there? At any point in time, have people walked up and down the stairway?

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