i go out walkin'...


One of the great things about living by a park is that, when the weather is totally absurd and 70 degrees in JANUARY, the park still really knows what time it is. And though humanity was crawling all over her in shorts and t-shirts, good ol' Mother Nature is not whipping out the flip flops and hot-pink pedicure just yet.

Here are some pictures from my walk:

Starting out

I don't usually take this trail - usually my goal is to get to the water as quickly as I can. But there's something soothing about all the browns and grays, the quiet... this tree fell over in 2004 - it took a huge piece of agate with it - it's not really visible from this side, but it's bigger than a cinder block. Boy, do I underestimate the power of nature sometimes...





Here's a hawk that was just catching the breeze...













And here's the chute. The water's running really fast, especially for January.









It's crazy that, after living here for 3 years, this is the first time I've actually taken pictures. I love this spot, but I don't often go much further.







There's an observatory deck on the Potomac, but on a day like today [i.e. national holiday] it'll be way too packed to enjoy. But here's an alternate vantage point...I like this one because it's a little more secluded, and offers a great view of Virginny.









And then back home again, jiggity jig. And in the park it is firmly winter, even though the thermometer might be suggesting otherwise.

But I have to admit that the weather is making me think of summertime. I'll see you by the lake in a few months...

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