Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Exploring a new park


While I was on the guided tour of one of Katie’s parks a couple weeks ago, another participant told me about a park the next township over that she found beautiful.

I had never heard of it, but it sounded intriguing.

So last Monday I got up early and headed over there. It’s a short ten minute drive and I arrived just as the sun was coming up behind me.

It lit up the trees across the small lake near the parking lot and I spent a long time just sitting on the end of the fishing dock listening to the birds and frogs as they greeted a new day.

Then I started across a boardwalk that connected the parking lot to the hills and woods surrounding the lake. Dew was beading on the grasses there, shining in the early light and I spent a long time trying to get a focused shot.

It was a lovely warm morning but as I moved into the woods I realized I should have worn bug spray. I pulled the hood of my sweatshirt up over my hair in an attempt to keep the deer flies from swarming my face. It kind of worked, but I walked faster anyway.

Around one corner I came across another wetland, and spent some time out on the boardwalks away from the bugs.

But eventually I had to go back into the woods, where I sprinted up and over some lovely hills, stopping only to take a few pictures before racing back to the car.

This is definitely a beautiful park, I just needed to be more prepared. I only did one long loop and there is more to see, so I’ll be back.

But I might wait until after the first frost!

Pretty but invasive.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

34 thoughts on “Exploring a new park

  1. Hi, Dawn – We also recently realized that bug spray is an absolute most when hiking near (or in) wetlands.
    Your dew shot is wonderful!


  2. Darned bugs! But what a beautiful place. Fabulous pictures.


  3. Very colorful woodland scenes. The liked the reflection of the trees in the water.


  4. At first I thought my favorite was the trees reflected in the water but then I saw the third image of the sunlight over the end of the dock. Wonderful capture! Really glad you persisted on the dew image, it turned out great. A few years ago I decided to keep the car stocked with bug spray for situations like you encountered. Looking forward to your return to this park and what other images you will find.


    • Yep, I’m thinking I need to buy some bug spray to be kept permanently in the car. That and sunscreen. I’m looking forward to going back too, maybe once it’s less hot and humid.


  5. Love the trees reflected in the calm water. Interesting how the dew drops on the green leaf show the horizon upside down.


  6. It is a beautiful park, indeed! I am going to add my enjoyment of the tree/reflection picture. Stunning! Your photography is really lovely.


  7. It looks lovely, Dawn, and I appreciate being able to see its loveliness without fighting the bugs!


  8. Love the reflection in the pond where the mist was rising. And the dew drops were fabulous… reflection in there also!

    Darn bugs! I can’t stand horse flies! So I felt your misery.


    • I think horse flies are soooo much worse than mosquitoes. I hate all that swarming around your face thing. Don’t love the mosquitoes either, but of the two, the worst for me are the flies. Plus it HURTS when they bite!

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  9. Oh what stunning photos you have shared with everyone. That first reflection is awe-inspiring.


  10. I’m delighted you captured these lovely photos! The ones with the sun shining from your back and the trees reflected in the water are amazing. Best of all, I didn’t have to fight the mosquitoes to enjoy them — and trust me, if I’d been along, they’d have concentrated on me, not you!


  11. Beautiful park. Love the reflection picture and the trails I love trails.


  12. Stunning photos!! The trees reflecting on the lake is AMAZING! And the dew photo, fantastic, they all are so lovely. Darn bugs… Thank you for sharing! ❤️


  13. Exquisite photography, Dawn, and what a lovely park area!


  14. I want to come and do retirement with you!!!


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