New Year’s Day 2011 dawned foggy and overcast but warm, which was a nice change from the bitter cold and icy conditions of the previous week. Between the bitter cold and the snow I hadn’t been out for a walk in a few days so we hopped in the car and headed out to the park for an afternoon walk and some picture taking.
In the end we actually visited two parks yesterday. There’s a small park right down the road from our house that has a pretty pond and a cool little bridge to walk over. The pond was frozen over and I wanted to see what kind of photos I could get. When I was out taking these pics I wasn’t sure any would be good enough but once I got home and saw them on the computer I was actually kind of happy with them. I made some of them black and white, which in the end I actually kind of liked but ended up cutting from this post. You can see them over on my Flickr Photostream.
After our brief stop at Veteran’s Park we made our way over to Washington Lake Park for our actual walk. This time we tried another walking trail, which led us to a beautiful pond with swans and ducks floating around in it. It was magical. We were there at sunset on this overcast day. The colors were so soft and ethereal and the silence was breathtaking. It was just us and the ducks and swans. It was amazing just to happen up this beautiful space that we didn’t even know was there. I didn’t get very good photos of the ducks or the swans. Next time we go I’ll bring my telephoto lens. I did however get a few nice shots of the pond.