Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. – Margaret Thatcher
Yesterday was one of those days where I was so glad I decided to run. We got so much rain on Monday night (3.7 inches at the house) and I thought the trails would be too muddy. We were getting ready for gymnastics and nearly out the door when I thought, oh maybe I’ll just throw on my running clothes and grab my pack. Maybe the trails have dried out in the sun. And on the way to gymnastics I thought, Maybe I could just move the car to a different spot and run on the sidewalks.
Once I got there, I REALLY didn’t feel like moving the car so I decided to just go for it. As it turned out the trail portion was just fine. Apparently, that section has good drainage and has quite a few pebbles so that helped too. However, I knew that the part that goes through Frank Anneberg Park was a lot more dirt and chose to go a different way, through town instead.
It was humid and nasty. All the rain plus more storms approaching made for a sticky, sweaty run, which was a good reminder why we didn’t like living in the South. Also, I vowed that I would buy a new pair of running shoes before my next run. My legs were stiff and everything hurt. I did not feel strong on the hills. It was not the best run, but I don’t mind, I was still happy I went. I really like these town pictures. The sky was so pretty in this moment. Not long afterwards it become overcast and the blue sky was gone. I really like it in the black and white too. These are the only two pictures I took on the run. I had stayed to watch my daughter do floor and so I started late. I was worried I wouldn’t get back in time too, but it worked out. Even if I couldn’t run a lot, a short three miles was better than no miles.
And then on the way home, we saw a thunderstorm building to the east. I decided to take a small detour so I could try to take some pictures of it and we stumbled upon this field of purple flowers.
I thought these flowers were so lovely and my daughter watched from the car as I snapped a few pictures. Thankfully, the farm-house was just on the other side of the hill, by the windmill, so no one saw us. Sometimes I feel a little awkward taking pictures of things in public. We were on a country road with no shoulder with the hazards on. I was a little concerned about traffic and felt rushed. I wish I had been able to take my time with the settings a little bit more. However, I was able to fix some things in editing.
Ok, now this is unrelated, but I took this picture yesterday too at the house. Since I have you here, I wanted to share it too.
These Goldfinches were taking a bath in our puddle. I was so surprised how well this turned out since it was taken through our front door window. Here are the zoomed in shots of the little birds. I like the composition of the original picture with them sitting on different branches.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures from yesterday. I feel like I’m completely behind in all my blog work. I have little projects that need done, like cleaning up files and my memory card. I have blog ideas for “In the Photo Lab” and “Off the Trail” posts with nothing getting accomplished. I often wish I had more time to write, but then I think if I sat around writing all the time then I would have fewer ideas. So instead, I’m busy with this running-photography life, brimming full of ideas and in a constant state of being behind in my writing. If only running, taking pictures, and blogging could be a full-time job. I know other people do it and it sounds nice, but is it really? Or is it a grass is greener sort of thing? Well, one thing at a time.
Until next time,