I enjoy my walks in the early mornings because it is so quiet in those early hours with so much to see.
This Summer, with its exceptional hot weather, has given me morning walks throughout my neighbourhood and beyond. Walking seems to slow a person down so that little things are suddenly visible; delightful surprises that pass unnoticed when you’re driving past. Walking takes a person down roads that promises new adventures if you’re willing to travel a new path.
On the route I chose this morning, I recorded a few of the eye-catching things that captured my attention.
One was the unexpected “Fairy Door” built into the base of an enormous oak tree that stood on the corner of a family-oriented neighbourhood. It was a nice strong door, painted red with a sturdy handle and a tiny lock.
Another surprise were the unexpected “Free Lending Libraries”–cute mini-houses built to hold books for trading. For a book-lover, these were an entertaining treasure.
I passed some beautiful creamy Day lilies, raising their faces to the morning sun.
Then I rounded the bend of the road and saw one of my favourite spots, the scenic and fragrant “Scented Gardens.”
There is a welcoming braille and printed sign that explains the Gardens are meant for a “sit and enjoy” using your 5 senses. It is created for those who have low-vision, no vision or full-vision. It is a place to enjoy the tranquillity, scents, colours and touch of the flowers.
I decided to follow the road leading to the Marina. I knew if I followed the curve of the sea, I would find the wonderful sculpture created by Fred Dobbs called “Ocean in Motion.” Mr. Dobbs is an internationally known sculpture who works in different medias and creates very likeable pieces.
The playful otters gracefully moved among the vegetation of the sea. In a close-up of one of the otters, Fred Dobbs captured his inquisitive nature.
Did I mention that Victoria is a city of gardens? Well, it’s true, but along with spectacular gardens, there are also a number of eye-catching garden ornaments. This one is awesome and among my favourites as I head home.
I do love my early morning walks. Not a chocolate, doughnut or coffee in sight—just Mother Nature and wonderful people who share their imagination and creative spirits with those of us who pass by.