I entitled this post Off Into the Woods because these are properties in a Lewiston, suburban neighborhood. You would not expect that the backyards have a naturally wooded landscape. A few typically designed gardens transition into a wooded wonderlands of discovery. The path above was described as a path to nowhere by a commenter and also by a few visitors on the garden walk until they took a stroll.
But before we have a walk in the woods, let’s take a look back and see why this path is so interesting. In architecture we talk of discovery and mystery and paths often have these qualities inherent. Lighting plays a big part and so does tickling all the senses. You feel as if you left one space and entered another. The temperature drops and more moisture is around you. The sounds of the street lessen until all that you hear is the chirping of the birds. The sun all but disappears, peeking through at various points during the day, always changing perspective and scenery as it washes through the canopy.
What you find is often what is really not expected, both natural and those positioned as surprising vignettes. These blue chairs are very unpredicted, but their bright blue color lights up the landscape. And BTW, you can’t get to them either as they are in dense brush. This is a great siting because as the season progresses the chairs almost disappear. It is a changing environment, adding to the discovery aspect.