Friday, June 13, 2008

SkyWatch Friday: Red against the Blue and White

While driving in the parking lot of Nashville West, a rather new shopping plaza on the westside (duh!) of Nashville, I saw these poppies growing all over a small ravine that runs along the lot.  
The white clouds against the blue sky also caught my eye.

Nashville West is a huge plaza situated on Charlotte Pike.  Three years ago, this strip of land was full of trees, plants, wildflowers and weeds.  Today, it's another cement jungle.  Stores currently open there include Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, BestBuy, Books-A-Million, and World Market.  There are other stores currently open, and developers are busy building more portions of the plaza.  You can see that they've cleared the area above for construction.

While I like the place, I personally don't understand why the outdoor plazas have become popular again since I don't relish walking in hot, cold, or rainy weather to go from store to store.  (Luckily, we don't have to contend with snow in Nashville too often.)  I much prefer staying dry and comfortable in a temperature-controlled mall. . . but that's me.

There are, as I write this, over 110 bloggers participating in SkyWatch Friday.  The number is sure to climb to more than 200 by Friday afternoon. You can find links to the other participating sites on Wigger's World by clicking here.

17 comments:

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

The poppies are a lovely contrast against the blue of the sky, and yet are a sad commentary on the loss of open space for wildflowers and God's small creatures to exist. I'm sure there are urban areas in need of refurbishing and revitalizing with the influx of commerce, but, no, things must be built in *new* places, sometimes with great detriment to our open land. (Sorry, didn't intend to rant.)

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Sky Watch for Friday......lovely colors in your skies but the poppies are wonderful, it is sad that so much of the world is paved and turned into malls....we have rain and more rain here where I am.....come and see my bride in the sky..if you already visited then thanks...cheers!!

Lilli & Nevada said...

what a great view and the flowers and sky is perfect

Ida said...

Lovely.
I like the contrasts here. :)

Snap Catch said...

cool catch for Sky Watch Friday! earth and sky are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Mine’s up too hope you can drop by but if you already visited then thanks.

SandyCarlson said...

The poppies stand as a reminder of the beauty that was. Thanks for sharing this view.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I must say, this is one of the nicest photos I have seen this morning on Sky Watch Friday.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch this week and helping to make it special.

Tom :O)

Love the poppies ;o)

craig said...

Beautiful colours and a lovely scene.

pts said...

beautiful!

GMG said...

Olá Chris!
Back home and profiting from the Lisbon’s Day holiday (St. Anthony of Lisbon, not Padua), I’m trying to catch up your posts (What a nice week: June 10th, Portugal’s Day; June 13th, Lisbon’s Day… ;)).
Red, Blue and White looks too French, but today it may be rather Orange, if the Dutch win the match against France on Euro 2008... ;))
Lazzaroli's looks great; save a special order of lobster pasta please... ;))
NewsHound looks great! It surely draws the attention... ;)))
Loved to see last week's Red Sky!
Thanks also for your comments at Blogtrotter, which is now landed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain!
Hope you enjoy, and have a nice weekend!

Lori said...

I love the red against the blue and white. And poppies are such a beautiful flower.

Thank you for sharing!

esnorway said...

nice pic

Petunia said...

Love the red flowers and the blue sky!
Very great shot!

petunia's SWF

Tammy said...

I really love the pop of red the poppies give to the photo!

John said...

Great capture and very nice view!

Halcyon said...

Very nice photo. I love the poppies and you can hardly tell this is near a shopping area.

I also don't understand the sudden popularity of shopping plazas. Most people in the US don't like to walk anyway! We only have two traditional malls here in Jackson. The plazas have taken over.