Definition: “The act of positioning close together (or side by side)”
Origin: 1655–65; Latin juxtā side by side + French position
I have always been interested in and fascinated by the way even in the most urbanised or industrial setting, nature, be it flora or fauna, often finds a way to survive, or even thrive, adapting to the habits and habitats of humans. Plants grow from apparently barren concrete, brick or cracks in tarmac. Birds fight over feeders in gardens under the protective gaze of the human residents, or nest in chimney pots, under roof tiles or even the wheel-arches of rarely-moved vehicles. Foxes scavenge from the bins behind retail and food outlets, or come to be fed scraps in gardens. Pigeons gather under railway bridges or around the benches in the park. In the peace and quiet of our cemeteries all kinds of animals make their homes.
And we walk, run, drive, train-travel, bus-ride, work, shop, play, learn, party, eat out, sleep out, fight, love, break-up, make-up, …. Surrounded by a natural world many of us never notice.
Curb Crawler: A yellow snail on the pavement, perilously close to passing traffic, its slow pace and natural form contrasting with the rush of the cars and lorries.