Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Things I saw in the park

I needed a change of scenery. I’m sure you’ve felt that way before, right? So, I packed up my essentials:

  • My laptop
  • My bible
  • My journal
  • The July/August issue of Writer’s Digest magazine
  • Two random notebooks
  • Assorted pens (five different ones, to be exact)

Then I slid behind the wheel of the car and steered in the direction of a new landscape.

Initially, I thought I’d head to the local library for a quiet, controlled, you better do some work environment. But instead I set up shop on a park bench in front of a small, man-made lake. Water inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing. And although I prefer the oceanfront, this tiny body of water in my land-locked locale served the purpose.

IMG_3260 The canopy of mature trees waved a gentle, welcoming breeze as I settled down and tried to determine the most important task to tackle. It didn’t take long for my surroundings to draw me in.

There was so much to see in the park today. The partly sunny sky would eventually yield itself to summer storm clouds and passing rain. But until then, it provided the perfect backdrop for two photographers to memorialize this moment in time for a lovely family of four. Here’s what else I saw in the park today:

A three-legged dog (True story…His furry cuteness hobbled along contently, missing one of his front legs. I thought I was seeing things the first time around. Luckily, he and his owner passed me by again so I could take a second look.)

A crouching squirrel (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a squirrel in this position before. He looked ready to pounce!) IMG_3261 A lady in red (I didn’t think to snap a picture as she passed by, but trust me…ALL RED. I don’t know why, but it just tickled me.) A sitting duck IMG_3265 More sitting ducks IMG_3276 A nesting duck IMG_3266 A duck dynasty IMG_3263IMG_3274 A frog on a rock IMG_3273 And two lovers on a swing… I must say a special thank you to the things I saw in the park today. Believe it or not, they helped me accomplish quite a bit before the rain came.