Have you ever noticed the way reviewers will sometimes describe a book, or a film, or a character's life as being "richly textured".
This often seems to be shorthand for "they're up their ears in so much half-baked, chicken-with-its-head-cut-off, crazy-ass craziness, they don't know if they're coming or going".
As someone who has known a moment or two of richly textured life in my time, I thought it high time we trained our laser-like focus on the beauty and delight of the textures that surround us.
When so much of our lives is about streamlining and smoothing out the bumps, it's good to remember that the bumpy bits are often the most interesting.
The texture of things catches the light and the rain. Textures can invite or repel. Textures can be experienced with our eyes, our hands, our feet...and whatever else you're up for. The texture of things is critical to how we experience the spaces around us.
So that's it. Please enjoy this small collection of wonderfully textured paths, pavements, walls, artworks and plants.
What did you think? Any favourites? Maybe there was a texture you hadn't considered before. I'd love to hear, so please let me know in the comments below.
And of course if you know someone else who'd enjoy this little dose of inspiration, feel free to share it.
Thanks for reading, and come back soon for more from the wonderful world of inspirational landscapes.