A couple weeks ago, I found a hidden gem of a park about 3 blocks from my apartment building. Well, not exactly hidden, I just didn’t know it was there. I moved into the community in 1997 and the area has always been a big empty field with a dog park on one end and a children’s museum and animal shelter at the other. I just haven’t taken time to walk out see what is there in a long time. Well, last week I was having a rough day and decided to walk to the a thrift store a couple blocks from my apartment to see if they had any stuff for my tea nook and treat myself to a Big Mac and fries. After that I still wasn’t ready to go home so I decided to walk around the field to the dog park. When I came to the end of the trail leading to the dog park, I was absolutely amazed to see how they are transforming this space. There are many different places where they planted flowers around a theme like, butterfly garden, a,b,c garden, and fairy garden. They put in tables and chairs on a patio like space and put in a little covered shelter with a picnic table. There are benches all over the place and statues tucked into unexpected places. The flowers were amazing so many kinds I had never heard of but they perfumed the air. I found a bench and sat there in the sun for a very long time just feeling the sun, smelling the flowers and watching the various animals run through the park. It is my new favorite place.
Yesterday, I decided to take my camera, and my bearded dragon friend, River, and have a photo shoot in the park. I am really delighted with how the pictures turned out so I decided to share them here.
It is hard to believe, looking at River now but when my friend, Steph, went to get this little guy he was starving to death and very ill with a fungus that took 8 months of daily treatment and many, many visits to the vet to get rid of. River will bear the scars of his neglect on his tail and back of his hind legs forever. River is now one spoiled bearded dragon.
I am endlessly fascinated by the pattern of River’s scales, especially how the scales, exactly where his lips would if he was human look like he is puckering up for a big kiss.
When I came upon this little bumble bee her butt was towards me. I told her that I wasn’t interested in taking pictures of her little bee booty. I wanted pictures of her beautiful bee face. The bee immediately turned around towards the camera. I was amazed that the bee let me get so close to her. I didn’t have my telephoto lens so I was maybe 6 inches away from her when I took these pictures. She paid me absolutely no mind what so ever.
This butterfly on the other hand, jumped away from me every time I breathed. I was amazed I actually got a good picture of him.
I will be going back to the park regularly to sit in the sun and recharge my batteries.