Floral road cones a quiet tribute

I took a walk with my camera around my neighbourhood this afternoon. Normally it is very quiet at this time of day. If you listen carefully, you can hear the local children playing at one of the schools in the area. A dog or two might bark and a few cars go by. Wheelie bins line the streets like a guard of honour and road cones keep us out of the pot holes.

PhotoIt is a huge contrast with last year. Last year the neighbourhood was awash with water and silt as a result of the soil liquefaction. Road cones and wheelie bins were used to mark the sink holes. Neighbours called out to each other to see if they needed help and cars were abandoned in the street.

Today, most of  the silt has gone, the roads and houses are pretty battered and the road cones are serving a dual purpose. The road crews put the cones where the road works and potholes are. The locals have put flowers in them as a tribute to those who died last year as a result of the February earthquake. They are not fancy, florist shop flowers. They are flowers from our gardens –  in a cone near some vacant land, I even saw dandelions and yarrow being used.

For me these road cone vases are a quiet tribute not only to those who died, but also to those who were injured and to those who rescued others in need.

See photos of  road cones and flowers on our Flickr page.

4 thoughts on “Floral road cones a quiet tribute

  1. Haneta Pierce 23 February 2012 / 5:14 pm

    Ae it is a wonderful way to pay our respects. i live down Estuary road which has many many road cones and everyone of them had some sort of flower or leaf displayed in them. it is such a lovely way to connect with so many people and to bring another layer of moving on in our lives

  2. purplerulz 27 February 2012 / 3:42 pm

    I too went for a drive and collected some wonderful photographs of tributes – I think it was a stunner of an idea. I was just sent a photo from Henry Sunderland (the originator of the idea), of three cones festooned with flowers at Scott Base in Antarctica!
    I’ll see if we can put it on the library flickr site

  3. margaretfsblog 29 February 2012 / 10:55 am

    Thank you Valerie. You have understood the wider issues here. I am pleased you have put flowers in the cones as a mark of respect. Cones and Valerie will always be forever linked in my mind

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