Reflecting in an Unknown Place

It is always an interesting experience seeing something up close that you have driven by dozens of times but never really saw.  An ideal example for this is the pond in Fort Dodge, Kansas, near the Kansas Soldiers’ Home.  While on our Backroads Photo Adventure Day, Laura directed me to this pond (which is surprisingly only about 5 miles from my house), and I immediately fell in love.  I literally had no idea of its existence, even though I drive on that highway every time I go to Wichita.

After our rather exhausting day, it was nice to put our feet up, relax, look through photos from the day and just talk.  The colors, as you can tell, were gorgeous – the blues of the pond nicely reflected the oranges from the outcrops of benches and the greens from the surrounding foliage.

I can see this being a place I frequent when the weather turns warmer (it’s supposed to get down to 10 degrees for a low later this week!), armed with my Moleskine and Pitt Pens and ready to create.  I love discovering (or, in this case, being shown) new places, especially ones right in my backyard!


Put Your Feet Up


Sit A Moment & Catch Your Breath • “Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.” – Lewis Thomas


The Pond at Fort Dodge


Pondside Grasses


Ripples & Reflections


Ripples & Reflections II


Bokeh Blur


A Story of Three Leaves in Disguise