21 September 2012
Last week I decided to take an afternoon walk at the reservoir on the other side of town. This site has a spectacular view of our small city, but it also provides a place to walk, run, stroll, and socialize. I took my long lens and my walking shoes, and spent a glorious few hours as the sunlight was cast against a greying sky.
Clouds rolled and passed. They hid the sun, and created bans that foreshadowed a light rain. It was a good place to be for a photo shoot.
When I saw WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge, I knew that the image of the solitary runner was my choice to post in the Lens section. I took the photograph as I headed up the path that leads to the hilltop where the reservoir sits as a facility for scores of locals.
On this particular day I saw mothers pushing strollers, singles running, groups walking, high school cross country team practicing, and college students exercising. This space lures a kaleidoscope of outdoor enthusiasts.
The view from the reservoir sweeps through the town, and is one of the few points where you can actually see a distance of a few miles. As you savor the expanse, you have a chance to pan the area that we pass daily. Only what we see is altered and heightened.
At this vantage point quiet can be realized, solitude can be felt. There was a span of time when all I could hear were the geese gliding onto the water. Everyone respects the privacy of others, even the wildlife.
The solitary runner is a symbol of the convergence of nature and human nature: the water provided by the reservoir and the space that it inhabits, which has multiple uses.
I hope that we never have to use it for its purpose. I hope that it will be the place that we go just to enjoy dawn and dusk and any time in between.
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