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An Unexpectedly Delightful Walk

Today was the second day of the Summer Institute and I only went for the one session my friend was giving. I tried parking in a different area of campus as I knew getting there as late as I did I would not find parking anywhere close to the conference center where the Institute was taking place. The spot I found was probably as far away as I would have otherwise had to park but the walk to the building was much more pleasant.

The first nice thing I noticed about where I chose to park was that the whole small parking lot I found was shaded. The second thing was that instead of having to walk in the sun along a paved road I would be walking across a grassy common in the shade. And then there was the fountain.

Just a short way across the common, next to a glade with benches upon which to sit and enjoy the spot, was a large fountain. The fountain spilled into a coy pond and the live plants growing in and around the pond were just beautiful.

I stopped, suddenly not worried about being late, and took several pictures of the peaceful scene. This close up of the water lily is my favorite.

After admiring the fountain and pond a moment longer, I headed on to my friend's session and arrived just in time.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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Feisty56 wrote on August 5, 2015, 3:44 PM

What a lovely spot and unexpectedly pleasant walk. : ) Did you linger at the fountain when the session completed? I'm afraid I'd have been tempted to do just that.

msiduri wrote on August 5, 2015, 4:07 PM

A lovely pic! I hope the session was as rewarding as the walk.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 5, 2015, 4:50 PM

I did, in fact, linger for a time and watch the coy swimming in and out among the water lilies. It was quite relaxing.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 5, 2015, 4:51 PM

If I can take what I learned about writing grants and translate that into items for my classroom, then it will have been nearly as rewarding.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 5, 2015, 6:52 PM

Thats pretty/ Sometimes the long way is well worth it

bestwriter wrote on August 5, 2015, 7:32 PM

This took me to a line from one of my poems "Sitting by the sea for hours, stopping by to smell the flowers"

cheri wrote on August 5, 2015, 10:17 PM

Sometimes we find surprises when we do not care much about time.

Shellyann36 wrote on August 6, 2015, 1:27 AM

It is so nice to be able to park in the shade! Sounds like a great walk and the fountain and pond sound very peaceful.

Paulie wrote on August 6, 2015, 3:28 AM

This is a great photo of the water lily. I'm sure you are happy that you took the longer walk.

CoralLevang wrote on August 6, 2015, 7:50 AM

Again, there is a reason you went today. You needed this moment to enjoy.