Please adjust your focus

A wise friend of mine once said, when I was lamenting about living in a big city, that one of the paths to happiness was simply to learn to open your eyes and appreciate being right where you are.

This looks like a Group of Seven painting — clouds in a pond.

And it so happens that about 10 minutes from where I am is a little piece of urban paradise called the Don Valley/Beechwood Trails. It goes along the Don River here in Toronto, where I live, and is a huge swath of reclaimed land that is used by cyclists and walkers and dog enthusiasts alike.

For me, there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, more soothing at the end of a long day than to put on my shoes and head down to the trail. I’ve seen foxes, rabbits, herons, and beavers — just to name a few — and it would take me till the end of Eternity to photograph and name all the plants I see.

Typically, I head out for a “short, brisk” walk, and stop to take just one photo (usually of an interesting plant), and that turns into two, and that quickly turns into dozens.

Such was the case last night; and as I have not updated my blog in a while (summer being my super-busy season with work), I thought, ‘what better way to reassure you, my loyal readers, that I am in fact still alive, than to share some of these pictures with you?’

So, without further ado, here is a sampling of some of the things I see on my evening constitutionals. All were taken with just my iPhone camera.

Look for the black crested night heron, and watch out for the nettles — so pretty, until you touch them….

I hope you enjoy looking as much as I did.

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4 thoughts on “Please adjust your focus

  1. Lovely post and I thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful photos! Lovely to ‘read’ you again!! 😀 I, too, have been remiss in updating my blog this summer so your post has been very inspirational. x

    • Thanks. 🙂 Summers are really busy in my line of work, so I wanted to at least “check in.” Glad you liked it!
      Best,
      A.G. 😀

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