Keeping an eye out
There's a nice rails-to-trails biking path I use when it warms up a bit but I haven't actually hiked on it much. Since it's not quite the temperature for me to bike I thought I'd walk along a section I usually speed past to see what I'm missing. As usual, there are plenty of details that get missed at biking speed, as well as scenes I see all the time but never stop to contemplate.
I ride by this farm scene each time I'm on the trail and only pay it a passing glance. There was good lighting today and plenty of clouds so I made this image. I like the basketball goal mounted on one of the silos.
There's a small pond next to one of access trails and today there was this one goose just sitting out in the middle. When I got out of my car to walk over to the trail, though, it came paddling over to the edge to check out what I was doing. Obviously there is feeding going on with the people who come by this spot.
I liked this dead tree trunk that's been stripped of everything but the basic patterns and colors remaining. The form is all twisted up from the elements and today the light was playing nicely on the texture.
I see these birch trees all along the trail but just noticed today (the benefits of slowing down) how at this particular spot they form a type of gateway leading down the path.
Always good to reduce your pace and look at the details around you. The world has a lot to offer at the "micro" level that whisks by at our usual speed.
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