Wallace Stevens wrote: "Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake." I'm happy to say that I've started a new habit, morning walks. I'm not a morning person, so when I worked, I never found that getting up in the dark to exercise was particularly thrilling. These morning walks are usually about 9am or after. I tried to stay mobile at school, walked around the building, parked a long way away in any parking lot, and "sometimes" walked after work. It wasn't fun since I was tired, and certainly irregular.
So, now, all summer most of the time, at the beach and since, I've walked every day. I feel good after the walks, I like seeing things that I never noticed when I drove by. There is a lot of public art in my wider neighborhood and I'm discovering it, and able to really "see" it when I walk. For example, I just saw that there were two beautiful air force murals at the back of my nearby grocery. (My wider neighborhood is the re-developed Lowry Air Force Base.) I've driven that street hundreds of times and never knew they were there. In my defense, there are a few trees in front of them!
As I walk, I enjoy seeing so many others also out walking, or riding bicycles. And I look hard at things, try to find interesting patterns, natural objects or shadows that make me look again. I'm pleased that this is becoming a new, and daily, slice of my life. Enjoy some of my recent, favorite pictures. Some of you may already have seen a few on Facebook!
|magpie-allowed me to get close to take the pic|