Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fall in North Carolina

This was a stellar day with temperatures in the upper 70s and still riding the victory train from election day, I decided to take full advantage. Grabbing my camera, I headed out on errands and stopped at a couple of parks that are literally just a few miles from me. Even the horses next door were grazing next to the fence and looked when I called.
I enjoyed walking in the park because it had purpose. I wasn't just walking because I "should." I was taking pictures and taking in my surroundings. Fresh air and sunshine did my spirit good. I was able to revisit some places I haven’t seen in a while and along the way met a couple of interesting people.
Memories of raising my own children were dusted off when I encountered a couple with two young children. I smiled hearing exasperation in the father’s voice as he responded to the incessant “whys.” Several cyclists and joggers shared my path as I wound around to a small pond.
I asked the man fishing if he minded being in my photos.
“When I am out here, nothing bothers me,” he said. He shared a few fish tales including one about a resident heron. The bird waits patiently. If the man catches a small brim, he throws it out and the bird grabs it.
“I’ve fed that bird as many as five or six fish.” Smart bird.
As I headed down the path again, a woman was walking her dachshund. The little dog had a lilt in her step and a huge grin with her tongue hanging slightly out. Her feet barely touched the ground as she scooted along. I couldn’t help but smile back.
“She seems very happy,” I told the woman. “She IS happy,” the woman responded. “I wish I had her optimism!”
I found the optimism contagious and am sharing my beautiful day here. Graze around your baaaaack yaaaard and I guarantee you will find a treasure.


  1. If I remember correctly, you took the video walking tour and rec'd the Microsoft Expression Studio 2. Have you used it with your photos?

  2. Nice work. Commented earlier before I viewed the video. I'll have to get some tips from you.

  3. Thanks! And what a good memory! I did get the MS Expression Studio 2 but I did not use it for this. I actually used MS Movie Maker which, for me, is more user-friendly. I am going to have to spend more time with the Exp. Studio but seems like it would be better for actual video footage vs. still shots. I really could get addicted to the media though!

  4. Beautiful video, I really enjoyed watching it.

    I like MS Movie Maker. It can be a bit quirky at times, but generally lends its self to some surprisingly sophisticated results.

    Your video being a good example.

    Thanks for posting.

  5. Thanks Barry! I appreciate the feedback and am glad you enjoyed the show!