A little while ago I gave a brief description of where I would essentially be meditating once a week and how I will be taking photos of the area to observe the changes.
Here we go!
This is the bench that chose to sit on and feel all of the things that were happening around me. From this spot I listened to birds, felt the breeze, and felt the very warm sun. Behind the bench is a woodland area filled with Ash, Black Cherry, Sugar Maple, Red Oak, and unfortunately lots of Buckthorn.
While sitting on this bench, you look to the left and this is what you see. In the initial description post, I said that it makes life a lot easier is you have a focal point. In this photo, it's obviously the trees (which I believe are Hackberry).
As I look right in front of me, though it's hard to tell, is the pond of the park. It is a man-made pond, but it's still pretty cool. And in the background you can even see the softball field that I used to play on when I was a kid!
And finally, to my right, there is this little grove of planted River Birch. Oh, and there's a rock.
As you can see, there is still a lot of snow on the ground, but it's starting to melt!!
I wanted to make sure that I got out today (which it was 38 degrees! Don't let that sun fool you!!) because it's going to get into the 40's this weekend. That means there will be more puddles and mud. Don't get me wrong, I love puddles and mud, but when it's still cold it's not a pretty picture (literally and figuratively).
From this section of the park I was able to identify, only based on the calls, a Northern Cardinal and a Black-Capped Chickadee. At this park there are TONS of ducks, specifically Mallards, and Canadian Geese. However, those were at the other side of the park (they even have their own little crossing sign!) along with a Hawthorn tree filled with House Sparrows.
As of right now, there aren't that many people using the park. Once it starts becoming more spring-like, then more people will be out and about and probably asking why I'm taking notes. Since this is a small community, everyone is curious and stares at you when you have a pair of binoculars around your neck.
Next week I'll be at this same spot and who knows what is going to change!!