I pulled over into the nature reserve’s parking bay. Quickly glancing down at my watch, 7:08 am, (just double checking.) Mentally going through my morning checklist. Organising the sequence of events.
Wondering if I, really, should be taking this time.
Should I, be using this time to enjoy, a short walk on the calm side.
The Walk Begins
The Walk begins with limitations, with less than ideal circumstances.
I’m going to do it regardless.
And make the most out of it.
I grabbed my camera, locked the car, stuffed the keys in my pocket.
Mind’s in overdrive.
Be in the car and back on the road, by 8 am.
Be at the first appointment at 8:15
Yes. That is doable.
OK. I’m set.
Strange way to begin a walk meant to relax, meant to be restorative, meant to de-stress.
All the while, thinking: stick to the plan, move in the ordered sequence.
Get all the items marked off, finished.
At least today, I allowed my self more than 7 minutes.
Does any of this, sound familiar?
Anyone else, ever ‘over structure’ their time to relax, their zen time so that it just might not be so very zen after all?
Usually I approach my walks, well, more like Zen Strolls.
But. You know….. the holidays.
Then, there is the sun.
Early mornings are still around 80 degrees right now and nice.
5am would be ideal.
I just don’t want to get in the car then.
I need my coffee.
It IS about priorities.
Continuing…. Back To The Walk
The target goal is back in the car in 45.
Hop to it.
My first pause was the bridge again.
You saw it differently in the last post. Here, I am.
Today’s bridge photo features the cool calmness of green, the reflections rippling.
Advising me perhaps, to “slow down.”
Calm Cool Florals by the wayside
Lovely lavender – blue agapanthas were scattered around the parkland reserve.
The morning light, was perfect.
A few minutes went by………….
I was enchanted by the colors, the soft light of morning.
I felt myself relaxing.
Breathing in nice, big, deep breaths.
Sit, Reflect. Meditations
A park bench was right alongside the footpath.
I glanced then kept walking.
Thinking, “No Time.”
I reluctantly walked on by another 30 meters.
I turned around.
Back to the bench and sat myself down.
After all, this, is going to be A Walk on the Calm Side.
Time – Spent
Ten minutes went by.
It was calm, meditative.
I was enjoying this.
Blood pressure was going down, I was going to be refreshed, energized.
Time was being spent, wisely.
Not wasted. Not sliding, careening away, forgotten.
Each of the moments here, I will, remember.
I jotted down color notes.
I engaged all my senses.
I wrote notations on the flowers, trees, the wind, the sounds, the temperature, the shadows, the softness of light.
Even how the bark would feel, and how the petals did feel.
I made these minutes relevant.
I spent my time. It definitely wasn’t wasted.
On The Way Back
I still had to make it around the small lake, though, back to my car.
The rust colored fence with curved metal bars, intrigued me.
I loved the shapes, the tones, the forms. I liked the depth of field.
I thought of how Light Red watercolor paint would be perfect for this fence.
I thought of how this image would be ideal for class interpretation.
How easily they could see the tonal values, light and shade in the shapes and forms.
The next pause, was the quiet reflections.
Again, the hints of light red played a role, but it was softer in this.
Less dominating. Calmer.
I’ve stepped up my pace marginally.
Not a brisk walk by any means.
No more sitting.
Abstractions on the Lake
Then my eyes caught the design, the patterns, the light on the calm side of the lake.
I had to stop.
The subject was right up my alley.
Swirling patterns, and so nearly monochromatic.
The most striking feature was the sense of peacefulness it seemed to evoke.
I was here, for a much longer time.
The subject demanded it.
And who am I to refuse a subject, a Muse…. when she calls?
Back on the road – 55 Minutes
Taking the last shot, I flipped the camera off, put the lens cap on.
Grabbed my keys.
Glanced at my watch……..
In my car, on the road.
55 Memorable Minutes.
A lovely Walk on the Calm Side.