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.


  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!

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

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

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

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