Sunday, June 24, 2007

Caption This 24

Please come up with a caption for this photo [See below for instructions]
Mississauga, ON, May 2007 [Click to embiggen]

I snagged this photo on my way to China. I was on the first leg of the trip, from London to Toronto, and took this as we were on final approach into Pearson International Airport.

This is one of those fun geometry-type pictures that I love to take. And I'm hoping you'll be able to give it a name.

Before I turn things over to you, please take a moment to congratulate Leo for the winning caption for last week's image of an older man walking through Shanghai. "Just one step at a time" captured what I felt as I captured this image in the first place. This poor man seemed to be taking his steps as individual actions instead of the consistent flow that most of us normally follow. The other pedestrians, and indeed the world, seemed to be passing him by.

Thanks, Leo, for such a great caption (and my apologies for not posting a link to your blog. I couldn't find one. I'll add the link if you e-mail me.)

Your turn: If you're new to the Caption This thing, click here for the rules. Otherwise, click the Comment link and share as many suggestions as you've got. Co-workers, in-laws and even family pets are always welcome to join in the fun. And if you want to post multiple entries, go for it. The more the merrier. I'll post the winning caption next Sunday.


Catherine said...

It reminds me of that song "Little boxes on the hillside" - I'm off for a walk, so maybe I can think of a better caption while I'm walking. Michele sent me back again

Anonymous said...

Pretty houses all in a row!


Hi from Michele

Bernie said...

In a lot of ways, this also reminds me of coming into Sydney and even on approach to Narita!
Great pic, and I hope to see some of your photo's from the air show.
New post up as well, and here from Michele's this afternoon.

Anna said...

Aaaahhhh suburbia.


Carina said...

I was thinking of that song too. I think I'd call it, Ticky-Tacky in honor.

Bobkat said...

Great pic as ever Carmi! Those houses really are neatly layed out - it looks like the planner had a ruler and was going to use it!

How about 'The Stepford wives had at last found the perfect town plan'.

JC said...

Plenty of room to build up!

Prego said...

dear god... i'd freak if i had to live in such a neighborhood. my brother in law grew up in mrs. sausage, actually.

no caption. just glad i live in a vibrant 'hood'.


David Edward said...

"Sheep Think"

because I see it as a
Baaaaa-aaad way to live.

craziequeen said...

oh dear, my idea of house-hell.... :-((


'Look here, see? You can see my house from here. Not, not that one, look, over there, next to the one with the red, not that one...the other, no, the other red roof......'

Did Michele send me?


OldLady Of The Hills said...

I have no clue as to what to call this except that partial line from that song which I cannot remember the name of...(LOL)...

"Little Boxes"......

Thank for your sweet words, Carmi!

nora leona said...


The rows of houses remind me of a keyboard.

craziequeen said...

Thanks for the kind comment, Carmi....

but, unlike yours, my photos are all literally accidental...some are terrible, some are never knows which it's going to be....


Nestor Family said...

When I see neighborhoods from above, as from a plane or a taller buliding, I imagine all the little stories that go with the people who might live there. Yes, they may be houses with little or no personality all stacked next to one another... but each one is someone's home. That one song comes to mind with this photo then:

"Our house... in the middle of our street..."

utenzi said...

In a nod to the US's first suburb, Levittown, NY, my caption is:

"Levy-town, Canada"

Maybe in a few years you'll be famous enough that they'll rename London, ON for you!

Michael K. Althouse said...

Isn't there a song called "Ticky Tacky Little Boxes" about a similar subdivision in the hill south of San Francisco? Here's a caption: "Domino City."

Michele sent me,


HRH Courtney, Queen of Everything said...

"I hate playing Monopoly with my dad"


kenju said...

The very first thing that popped into my mind was "...ticky-tacky boxes". It's from an old song, but I can't remember the rest of it.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

"People Farm".

Anonymous said...

Like Mme Courtney, I was reminded of the Monopoly houses, too!

tommie said...

one roof, two roofs, red roof, blue roof

It looks as wacky as something out of Dr Seuss.

happy Sunday

Anonymous said...

Be the last one on your block to have one.

Sara said...

perfectly square and equal for all

srp said...

Oh look, your very first comment was exactly what I was thinking....I remember this song from childhood, never knew the title but as a seven year old, was captivated by the words... "there's a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one and they're all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same." I looked for years for that song... then enter the internet and voila... found it!

Little Boxes
by Malvina Reynolds

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same
There's a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses all went to the university
Where they were put in boxes and they came out all the same,
And there's doctors and there's lawyers, and business executives
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course and drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp and then to the university
Where they are put in boxes and they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

Actually, it is quite a sad song.. a statement of the time where people followed an established path, never venturing out of the comfort zone.

Wally said...

the modern subdivision design and planning rules are sad.

They call it architectural integrity but it is a cookie cutter mentality.

I'd call this picture "LegoLand"

Sara said...

Over crowding/population 101 - from a co-worker of mine

Unknown said...

For the first time the Gingerbread Man was unsure which cookie cutter house was his own!