Walking all Summer


It was a very hot summer.

Happy Dog on the Baseball Diamond

I had planned to walk 2 – 3x’s a day.  That didn’t happen.  I did walk at least once a day – early in the morning.  Some days I managed a short walk in the late afternoon.  Now I want to share these lovely urban walks.

Joy of Dog Walking

Leaving the Cool – into the Hot

I took photos for painting reference and because it was so wonderful.

We have a fair bit of fog and the mornings can be quite wet.  That was the only thing that kept the grass from dying with the lack of rain in July.  When we finally got the rain it transformed the parks in a few days.  People were out and lying on the fresh grass.  I’ve only seen sunbathers do this in the parks.  I did it too and the grass was like spring – so new and like a freshly laundered rug.

Graffiti Untouched

The Graffiti that you see under the Railway Bridge was cleverly framed.  The city employee must have run out of paint at that point and made this decision.  So far the kids have left it alone and painted the other walls.

Leaving the city park one morning I noticed the local sparrows having a bath and as a large family flock their happiness was wonderful to see.  I was only able to capture this in one photo.  They don;t seem to mind that the busy street is inches away or that they are resting on a metal guard.

Happy Sparrows

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