It all started in 2013 on a beautiful day in London. As Bill and I entered Hyde Park, we came across a medallion in the sidewalk. To best commemorate our presence at that very spot, I decided to take a photo featuring our feet with the symbol commemorating the “Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Walk”. And I have not looked back since. Now every time something I see on the ground strikes me as interesting, I’m enticed to take a footie.
I could easily just take a photo of whatever the object or backdrop may be, but it makes the shot more interesting to have feet in it. Sometimes I think I do it to prove I was present in that place at that time, and it is far more reasonable to take a photo of my feet on the ground than to lay down and take a selfie. I also do not have to make sure my hair is just right, that I place my head at the right angle so I do not have a double chin, that I look at the camera lens and not the screen, the list goes on and on. My feet are just more easily photogenic!
Bill indulges my (borderline) obsession. I don’t think he loves doing it – I often am greeting with sighs that indicate the thought of “come on – again”, but he loves me, so he does it nonetheless. And sometimes I just choose to go it alone and only include my feet in the shot. A lesson in choosing your battles wisely.
Below is a sampling of the footies that have been taken over the years – broken up into categories.
With friends & family – because sharing is caring
At the Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford, Illinois while on a mystery trip with both of my grandmothers.
With my friend, Abigail, before starting my journey on the Freedom Trail in Boston.
Bill and I with our two oldest nieces while visiting Oz Park in Chicago.
To commemorate particular events or locations
In Florida, at Biscayne National Park – because we were unable to see much else while we were there.
While on our Wet Walk in Everglades National Park.
Because I saw a luggage scale made at Fairbanks – the company my grandmother retired from – at the Amtrak station in Whitefish, Montana before heading home from our Amtrak Adventure to Glacier National Park.
Before boarding our first business class flight at the beginning of our Epic Adventure.
While walking around in downtown Melbourne.
Standing on a lava rock while visiting the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui.
After arriving in Washington, DC just in time to see the cherry blossoms in bloom before all the petals disappeared.
Moose tracks while hiking in Glacier National Park. We were hoping to see the creator of these tracks, but were not fortunate in that matter.
Because the yellow stool used for getting on and off the Amtrak train was fun and exciting to me.
To document the interesting sidewalk in Bangkok.
While riding on a wooden escalator in a subway station in Sydney.
For all “The Da Vinci Code” fans – one of the marble markers that makes up the Wind Rose that surrounds the obelisk in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City.
While being mesmerized by the floor inside the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.
Playing “coconut bocce” at the Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand.
Enthralled by the enormous clovers growing in the rainforest of Washington state.
Taking in history first hand (or foot)
Another for “The Da Vinci Code” fans – standing near a floor vent (used for heating in medieval times) while visiting the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris to see the “Rose Line” (Paris Meridian). (Don’t ask me why I didn’t take a footie with the Meridian itself.)
Admiring the mosaic floor at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Standing near a decorative block in the sidewalk near the Roman Forum.
Exploring St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. I just loved the black square pavers!
All the rocks!
Standing in Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, surrounded by its beautifully colored rocks.
Standing next to Emerald Bay in Waterton Park, Alberta – because we were in Canada.
Hiking in the Milford Sound area of New Zealand – because the rocks were very blue in color.
Camouflaged standing on the rocks outside our tea house in Debouche, Khumjung, Nepal during our Everest Base Camp hike.
As you can see, I have taken footies all over the world. And I do not plan on stopping any time soon! As my header says “Have life, will travel”, and my feet will lead the way.