Monday, February 8, 2010

Open Spaces and Hiding Places


One of my favorite pastimes is taking a photo walk. My husband and I will steal away on a Saturday afternoon to see what kind of exciting sites there are waiting to be encapsulated and deposited into our memory banks. Whether revisiting our regular spots or traveling to a new place, there is always something to discover.

A few weeks ago we went to our city’s botanical gardens. I took lots of pictures of what I call the winter hush. The bare forest looked like a minimalist masterpiece. Long lines drew my eye up to a twiggy canopy painted across a blue-gray canvas.

As the sun peeked out from behind the clouds highlighting patterns in the tree bark, I thought of Tudor houses and diamond leaded glass windows. The once overlooked and overgrown was on display, everything made beautiful in its time.

I followed a sound up a stone path to an area dense with fallen leaves. The closer I got the more rustling I heard, like someone or something could see me coming and wanted to keep a close distance. My eyes finally focused in on a group of doves sitting quietly on the ground. I had never seen anything like it.

My husband and I watched motionless as they moved further away from us. They were well camouflaged, but I managed to count about thirteen before they disappeared under a bush.

When I went home I did some research to see why they clustered together like that. I found out they were Mourning Doves and were either foraging or nesting. Once again the photo walk revealed something new and added another page to my story.

5 comments:

  1. This is so neat! I think my husband and I should do something like this!!!! You never know what you will find! I think this weekend as long as it's nice we are going to explore a new little park by our apartments!

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  2. What a fun and beautiful story. I love it. I also love the photo walk idea. :)

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  3. What a great idea! I'll have to remember to take a camera along the next time I go for a walk!

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  4. Now I want to take a photo walk. It sounds fabulous.

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  5. I'm glad the photo walk idea is catching on. Thank you all for reading.

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