Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What's On The Other Side?

Yesterday I told you of a new path to the other side of the pond that I found. The pond is separated into two parts by some tall water plants. I've never been to the other side until now when this new path was revealed. This new path is only visible when the weather gets colder, and the growth of the weeds there is down. I left you as I took my first steps towards the other side, with a promise to show you what I found. Well here is some of it.

The trail is on the side of a slope going down to the pond, so I can see why it wasn't in use, and why it wasn't maintained. The people that maintain the trails in the park usually try to block this area off, probably for everyone's safety. Nice level paths are obviously much easier for most people. I don't let things like that stop me.

As I got over to the other side of the pond, I saw that this new section was almost as big as the one that I normally see. It's always great to see something new. In the top picture you can see exactly what I saw when I got close enough for the whole scene to reveal itself to me. If you look at the middle of the far end, you can see birds swimming around over there.

Here's a closer look at some of the birds. They're ducks! These two were actually right beside me when I took the picture you see at the top. I have several pictures of these two ducks like this one. I chose to show you this picture because I like the way the duck on the left lifted it's leg for a nice scratch.

I also kind of liked the log that they're on. It has a few interesting protrusions. That tallest one reminded me of a cactus. It's the kind of thing I don't usually point out for some reason. Little details like this are some of the things that make going out to these places worthwhile.

If you take a closer look at it, you can see that something has been whittling at it. Maybe one of these ducks? I wish I knew. The mystery to what has been shaping this thing is kind of intriguing all by itself.

Here is the view from all the way on the other side of the pond from where I started. The official path is pretty far from here. As I said yesterday, I really wasn't supposed to be here. Does this make me a daring rule breaker? Maybe, but I'm not the one that made the path. There was someone else here first. If you click on this picture, you can actually see some very interesting details.

For instance, if you look over to the right you can see a couple of ducks swimming out towards the middle of the pond. A little further away you can see the ducks and the log from the earlier picture. This should give you an idea where I am and where I came from.

A little higher up from the center of the photograph, you can see where the two sections of the pond come together. You can actually see a little of the other side of the pond from here. Even further, if you look very close, you can see the bridge on the path, and there are a couple of people walking on it.

The most interesting thing for me though, is the furthest away. Look clear in the back and you can see buildings in the distance. I'm obviously not a hundred miles from civilization here, and that's why it's so easy to have these adventures every day. It should give some good evidence that anyone can try this. This isn't necessarily about being a daredevil or something. It's about having a good time with something that most people don't even know is there.

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  1. How beautiful and I love the ducks. What a great find.

  2. Thanks Jodapoet. I had a great time finding them. It's always a special thing to find something new.