Living up to my intentions

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In my last post, I wrote about my intention to create posts for my blog at least twice each week. I admitted that I have failed to post on a regular basis. For years, starting when I retired in 2000, I took trail walks, camera in hand, nearly every day. Whatever the season, I hit the trail with my camera to get a daily dose of healthy exercise and capture some seasonal images to fill my Nikon’s memory card. For years, photowalking (trailwalking with my camera) was an important part  of my daily routine. A healthy habit and a welcome one, even when the other chores didn’t get done!

Twenty-one months ago, my husband Bob had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery. Our lives changed and for many months daily trail walks were off my schedule. I simply didn’t have time for trailwalking or processing the pictures that would accumulate on my memory card. So I put down the camera and stopped taking regular trail walks. I missed it, but gradually other activities filled my days. We celebrated Bob’s successful recovery and moved on. However, I eventually  began to feel a large gap in my life and decided to pick up my camera and return to the trail. That is what I did today and intend to do at least twice each week.  Here are a few pictures I captured while walking at the arboretum on this early spring morning.

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Gardener at work
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Flowers in the buttercup family
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Snowdrops at the base of the sugar maple

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The orange of this early flowering plant, a stonecrop, caught my eye.
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Lotus Pond
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Golden willow tree framed by the trunk of another tree

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Just a little hint of spring
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I found this bright yellow winter aconite, which blooms even before crocuses.
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Bench and Canada geese by Lotus Pond
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Cluster of snowdrops

That’s what I collected on my Nikon’s memory card from today’s trail walk in Holden Arboretum. Is it any wonder the Arboretum is my favorite place for trail walking? These images and the memory of this early spring walk are the reasons I intend to continue walking with my camera. Trailwalking is wonderful in any season. In Spring, it’s especially good for my winter-weary soul.

See you soon for another trail walk. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Trail Walker (aka Skip)

11 Replies to “Living up to my intentions”

  1. Just beautiful Carolyn and such a sight for sore eyes after this long Winter. Snowdrops are always out in the neighborhood under a big tree. I spotted them about a month ago and I am sure they have not grown much taller due to all the cold, ice and wind pelting rain. I liked seeing the tiny shoots coming from the ground … we sure deserve Spring to grace us with its presence. I remember you mentioned your husband’s heart attack in the past. Is he able to join you on the trail or walks sometimes or do you just prefer the solitary walk?

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      1. That is great, plus you have your new pooch to walk with as well. I stop at the Park to take pictures and feed the squirrels so it makes me get behind with walking. On the weekends I go to larger parks, so no squirrel buddies to feed, so more walking and photos, less stop to feed the squirrels who follow at my heels sometimes. 🙂


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