Hop Scotch Drying Pattern


This photo was taken on May 12, 2018 at 7:21 AM.

The location was in the City Center District of Washington DC.

The "Take It!" came after I had walked over this recently washed section of sidewalk and noticed a pattern in the drying of the concrete sections which are used in many parts of the city for sidewalks.  

The explanation for the look is rather simple, as the sidewalk has a slight tilt toward the street to help drain it when it rains.  Thus the water accumulates in the bottom of each section even though the designation of bottom is a close call.  

While I did not get into any skip jumping as I looked at this - I did marvel at the symmetry as well as the fact that there were not any pedestrians at that moment.

I am a huge fan of unexpected patterns wherever they may be found. This one to me, was a winner.

The fellow that does the washing of the sidewalk is from Central America and while being diligent about his job, finds a way to exchange pleasantries with the regulars that pass by (of which I am one).

It is the small stuff that sometimes can show up big, that offers unexpected enjoyment.

Best regards,


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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Sally (Monday, 04 June 2018 18:38)

    Our children would love this. They still play 'don't step on a crack or you'll break your mamas back.'

  • #2

    Jim (Monday, 04 June 2018 18:39)

    Looks like a checkers board.

  • #3

    SF1967 (Monday, 04 June 2018 18:40)

    I think the sun casting off the wet cement looks incredibly cool.

  • #4

    Teri (Monday, 04 June 2018 18:41)

    It always amazes me how diverse Washington DC is. We always meet people from Africa, Europe, South America, it really is a wonderful melting pot of people.

  • #5

    MHampy (Monday, 04 June 2018 18:42)

    Looks like the flowers are starting to come in. Are you glad winter is finally over?