10.08.2007

Operation Find Peace

Thanks to Green Jello and Blue Yonder, I am on assignment this week. The assignment that I've chosen to accept is Neighborhood Week, so every day this week, I will be sharing a little of my neighborhood with all of you. Today's theme is Peace, and the first place that came to mind is the irrigation ditch that runs right by our house. While it is a highly functional feature, carrying water from the mountains, through the foothills, to the farms in the valley, it is also one of my favorite features of our neighborhood. There is a dirt path that follows the canal for quite some distance, and this is one of my favorite places to walk. There are trout in the canal, and seeing one surface is one of my favorite things.


When I was pregnant with Avery, George and I would take long walks (I called them Death Marches at the time) and we always walked home along the canal. When we went to Lamaze (when I was idealistic about childbirth and didn't fully appreciate the beauty of the epidural) and were instructed to focus on a peaceful image, the canal was where I went. Several months later, after Avery was born, she and I would walk along the canal everyday and she would inevitably fall asleep on the way home. An older couple whose backyard overlooks the canal would sit on their deck and say, "There goes the girl with the baby."

This morning, I woke up early and went for a walk by myself to try and capture the beauty of this peaceful place. I took over seventy pictures, I saw about five trout, and I didn't see one other person. As the sun rose, the reflection of the houses and trees became an impressionist painting on the surface of the water. It was a wonderful way to start my day.

12 comments:

  1. I want to take a walk there too. You really captured peaceful with these shots. Thanks for joining in.

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  2. just beautiful. yes, really peaceful. Thanks

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  3. very peaceful! how blessed you are to live in such a beautiful place. enjoy it!

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  4. Oh, that's lovely. We live right by a canal too, but it's not nearly as delightful as yours.

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  5. Beautiful photos, Molly! And I love the canal, too. (When I'm not worried that Luke will fall in ;)

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  6. What a gorgeous place! It looks a little like a creek near where I spent my 'tween years. I loved going there. It was so quiet and peaceful, and in all of the time I spent there, I don't think I ever saw anyone else.

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  7. It's been too long since we walked along the canal. . . gorgeous photos. I would love to see the rest!

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  8. Can I invite myself along sometime? Pretty please? The pictures are beeeauuutiful.

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  9. Sigh. So wonderful. We have a creek at our farm but don't live on our farm, and it's not right where we farm so i don't see it enough. How cool that it's bringing water down from the mountains to the farmers. I love that!

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  10. After reading your blog, I walked away sing, "I got peace like a river." Very nice... thanks

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  11. Gorgeous, Molly! We have a "creek", but it's more like a drainage ditch... not nearly so beautiful as your spot!! It makes for some cool biology lessons, what with the crawdads, deer, herons, minnows and dragon flys, but also about bacteria!

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  12. The last picture is so beautiful! It makes me think of a Monet. I love impressionism.

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