BIT: Monday Op-Ed
Bag lovers and pro-wind activists, rejoice. We are witnessing a renaissance in the city. The leaves have turned, dried up, and gone. And what they've revealed is nothing short of spectacular. All over Mobtown, plastic fruit is in bloom, more so than I've seen in recent memory. It's a romantic time—one we should relish each and every day, for although the bags are now revealed in the trees' naked branches, we know that much sooner than we'd like to think, they will once again be concealed. I was fortunate to witness the genesis of one of the objects of our affection here on the streets and in the trees of Baltimore. As I was leaving my neighborhood, I happened to catch the image of a plastic turquoise bag as it danced through the air, nearly 10 feet off the ground. I followed it's trajectory until it landed effortlessly, coming to rest in warm embrace of a tree's fragile branches. It was a poignant moment that will remain with me through the winter months. Although the leaves are gone, the trees are giving birth. Savor it.
CC: 3409 Bank St
This bag is twisted and tangled in the branches of this tree, but it has somehow maintained its shape. Maybe it's luck, or maybe this bag has banked
on staying put for a long, long time.
CC: 1815 Thames St
In the heart of historic Fells Point is this lofty blue bag flying high on tree-lined Thames Street. Homes in this neighborhood can brag about their gorgeous views of the water, and I've got to believe that this bag in particular can probably boast the same due to it's location. What a view it must have!
Guest BIT: Anonymous Coworker
Although our mission on this blog is to highlight Baltimore's bags in trees, we just couldn't turn our backs on a submission from one of our loyal readers. Today's guest bag come to us from Wichita, Kansas, by way of Anonymous Coworker
. The bright yellow color of the bag blossoms against the leafless branches of this tree on the campus of Wichita State University. Yellow is not a common color in Baltimore City, so today's guest bag is a treat for BIT readers and staffers alike. Thank you for your contribution!
CC: Fagley St & Claremont St
It's always exciting to see a bag in its full glory — untorn and untwisted by wind, rain or time. This bag on Claremont St is a beautiful example of a bag's longevity. Neighbors claim that it has been there for months and yet the bag is still in one extraordinary piece, catching the wind on gusty days and doing BIT fans proud.
CC: 3900 Eastern Ave
As the leaves in trees around Baltimore slowly fade, the bags trapped within them become more apparent. Although we have enjoyed the gorgeous colors that this autumn has showcased so far, there is always a little excitement in the hearts of BIT staffers as winter approaches. No longer hiding behind lush, green branches, winter is the time of year when our city's bags exit their summer hibernation and come alive!