The Day after Rain

I haven’t been out with any photography club friends for so, so many months. When emailing with a fellow member, I mentioned I had been shooting a little on hikes and bike rides. He said he’d like to go with me sometime. Today, was supposed to be dry (it was) and in the mid-50’s (it couldn’t possibly have been), so I took him up on it. I’d warned him to wear shoes he didn’t mind getting muddy. I was in my heaviest winter coat with a scarf around my neck and he came in shorts!

He told me he hasn’t walked in awhile, so I chose a couple of the flattest hikes in Broad Run Park. We began on the Riparian Ramble Trail and returned on the Lowland Plains Trail. My goal is to do them all and these two were still on my list. It was another 2-2 1/2 mile trip and we agreed that it was fun to shoot with somebody once again.

The Riparian Ramble Trail begins at the sign ahead. It is not a paved trail and was muddy in some places.
Finally, I have a picture with a person in it! Sometimes, when we go out with the club, there are a lot of people blocking your shot. I took this one on purpose.
My friend mentioned at the beginning that he was looking for color. I warmed him that we were mostly going to see a lot of variation of brown and a little green vegetation. However, we saw a lot of lichen on the trees that added another color.
The Reparian Ramble Trail ends just after I took this picture. We soon leave Floyds Fork and return to our cars by the Lowland Plain Trail, which was paved. You can’t see it in the picture, but it heads back toward those buildings and vehicles you see in the background. Unlike the one we just finished, it was very open and I could feel the wind. We didn’t stop for any pictures on that trail.

For now, loaded touring isn’t possible due to my husband's health issues. I’m used to cycling by myself, but I can't go off and leave him. Cycle 365 has motivated me to not give up riding just because I don't have time to go as far or do awesome rides like I did in the past.

4 response to "The Day after Rain"

    • By: Laura Posted: January 27, 2021

      It didn’t have a lot of variety , but it was nice to have someone along. I’m hoping with the vaccinations and a better situation in our government that my world will return to somewhat normal soon. I didn’t mind the isolation at the beginning, but considering Jim’s level of functioning now, I miss having face-to-face conversations with people. Zoom is better than nothing, but it doesn’t replace personal contact with friends and acquaintances.

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: January 27, 2021

    Great that you were able to get out and hike with someone else, and it looks like some nice trails. We have a bit of a running joke in my family about pointing out winter shorts-wearing people, of which we seem to have quite a few. I came out of the grocery store yesterday, and a guy was walking in in shorts and flip-flops. The temp was about 18 degrees(F) at the time. I couldn’t resist texting my wife about my sighting.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: January 27, 2021

    I am so looking forward to some time with friends to do ANYTHING with. So glad you had a good photog walk with a photog friend.

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