Neglected…a lot of half fledged insights lost. Walks disappear from memory. But not from maps. I mean Moves. There’s a park in Redding called Topstone, land bequeathed to the town by the photographer Edward Steichen. Thus the name “Steichen’s Pond.” (There is a typo in the map data.) I have memories of hiking and swimming there as a teenager. Briefly. And seldom. Free memories. I retraced those trails, and more. A few bugs, a few birds. Brown brown brown leaf-mulched surfaces. Lots of rocks. Blue water, and a nervewracking crossing on a cement walkway over a small dam between two ponds.
Now that the weather is getting slightly better, I’m interested in finding some new routes in the neighborhood. I tried this route, thought it might be too long, but it was fine.
I use the Moves app to track my walk, but I had to learn how to take a screenshot on the iPhone (Home + Sleep/Wake button), then had to email it to myself to be able to post here. Quite a route in itself!
I’ve been walking in Woodland Park close to home. Today in a spring snowstorm. I felt accompanied by millions.
I anticipated mud, but I got perfectly snow-covered trails, not slushy, just soft and a little slippery.
Blowing beech leaves accumulated in the trail.
The boulders in the water had a lot of presence. They appeared more defined with their snow coverings.
Ready to say goodbye to February.
Waiting for a loved one to get back in touch…someday.
It’s still cold.
Walking in the neighborhood.
A longer route takes me down Woodway Road to Hoyt Street. There are no sidewalks. Snow is piled everywhere. A few patches of wet mud reveal the state of the ground.
Hawk hunting at the neighbor’s bird feeder.
Subtle seasonal colors at the beach.
And a restful gray horizon that disappears.
I walked in New York City on Monday. Grand Central to Central Park and back. I’m not sure how far that is. It’s a very touristy, busy route. Lots of people trying to pass out flyers. I passed the first office building I worked in, remembering how frightening it seemed to me to be working in the city. I started there in January – it may even have been my anniversary!
I took photos of buildings like a tourist. Why not? They are beautiful and I might use them for overlays.