'Reflections' on a Winter's Day
A River Walk
Most of our walks are out in the countryside and are enjoyable, not only for the beautiful scenic surroundings, but relaxing for it’s peace and solitude. It wouldn’t be unusual to go out walking for a couple of hours and not see anyone at all!
The appeal, is the unspoilt tranquillity - something you can’t experience if you can hear the constant drone of traffic in the distance.
Today is different, we decide to drive into town and take a walk by the river. It’s Sunday afternoon, there was a frost last night and the temperature is about 3 degrees and although the skies are cloudy the sun is making an occasional appearance.
Enjoying The Surroundings
Of course I don’t go anywhere without my camera, but I’m not expecting to take any photos today, at first glance the trees are bare and everything seems a little ‘ordinary’ looking.
I like walking on a Sunday by the river in town, it’s a family day and I enjoy 'people watching'. An elderly couple walk by arm in arm, a family with two young children on bicycles, their dog running excitedly alongside, a young couple only seeing each other.
We see two people in the distance, seemingly together, but both walking in circles engrossed in their conversations on mobile phones. As we walked past them they were still talking on their phones, maybe they were important phone calls, but it seemed sad to me that they weren’t aware of their surroundings at all.
With that thought, I decided to stop the 'people watching' and take a little more notice of the surroundings myself!
An 'Interesting' Light
I walked to the edge of the river, as the sun came out from behind the clouds and noticed the fabulous reflections in the water. The blue of the sky and the white puffy clouds were a delightful surprise, seemingly floating next to the reflection of the dark, stark outlines of the bare trees lining the banks.
Delighted with this find I took some photos, only to find just a few minutes later, as the sun disappeared behind the clouds - the reflection had vanished!
Disappointed I was about to put my camera away, when I realised the light had become ’interesting’ and there I was snapping away again!
There was so much beauty in the reflections and the light of the day, yet I might easily have missed them. Sometimes a moment of fulfilment, inspiration and delight can be right there next to you waiting to be noticed, it was a reminder to ‘stop and smell the roses’ and enjoy the moment!
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