There are several great images as candidates for illustrating a wall. Fences are tricker, but I think that there is one obvious choice:
The poem is, of course,”Mending Wall” by Robert Frost. He uses “wall” and “fence” interchangeably, with the truly famous “Good fences good neighbors,” a dogma of his neighbor which he challenges. Why do they make good neighbors?
Collected here thematically are photos of fences and maybe a wall or two, all of which struck me as quirky when I passed them. Somebody thought about what the fence or wall would look like, and it took effort.
About these, Irv Staats wrote: Check out the beautifully carved fence at Tharp woodcarving at 3102 Shattuck. Each board is signed and dated on the back by a student.”
Who knew that fences and walls could lend quirk. They do.
My friend sometimes has space issues, and even an innocent photograph of a wall or fence can get him edgy. Not these though. He was pretty cheerful about them. In fact he was outright chipper when he told me that I missed the most obvious fence allusion possible.
He was anxious to show me some photos and postcards that his youngest brother had sent him from a family trip to San Francisco in 1957. I said I’d look at the cards and photos once he let me know what he thought of the quirky fences and walls. He did: