Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Banana Gallery 2019

2019 has been a good year for bananas--in various stages of decomposition--found on the side of the road.

Riding a bicycle, you can't help but notice that there's tons of these on the shoulders, on bike paths, sometimes even in the middle of the road. How? Why? Could cyclists packing fruit in their back pockets really be responsible for all of these? Do car drivers toss them out the window? It's one of the great mysteries of the universe.

As a kind of random experiment, I decided that this year I would stop at every road banana and take a photo.

At first it was fun, and I found it easy to stick with my banana vow. But after a while, I got weary of interrupting the rhythm and flow again and again for yet another squashed, brown Chiquita. I began to realize that this banana endeavor was a bigger commitment than I anticipated. My cycling partners wondered why I kept stopping to take photos of the ground.

Since about mid-July, I've been more selective with my banana mission, stopping only if an abandoned banana had something extraordinary about it--some weird color, beautiful squash pattern, origami peel formation, or peculiar landing spot.

Here's a selection of favorite road bananas of 2019.

The sticker scraggler.

It's hard to see, but there's a banana carcass in there.

Yet to be driven over.

The blooming trillium. 

The double dong.

The rare fully loaded double banana.

Classic origami swan.


  1. Nice collection, Jasper. Maybe there's an art installation down the road for you..

  2. Jasper, I usually read your blog and smile without commenting, but today I had to comment. I love your sense of humour, and your passion for biking whether on gravel or commuting. This entry was particularly thought-provoking. Why do people do the things they do? Poor bananas. ~Gigi

  3. Oh, yes, your cover image is absolutely breathtaking! ~Gigi

    1. I wish I could say that's me in the photo! It's from the Rough Stuff Fellowship collection, a bunch of English guys from the 50s who started an off-road cycling club.


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