In Opposition with the Sun
While my professional work is mostly freelance and contract, and I usually work from my home office, I tend to take on a multitude of projects at once that can quickly leave me forgetting what my family looks like. Last night, I reached a stopping point in my day’s work, grabbed my camera, my son, and headed to Lafreniere Park.
I am most certainly not the outdoorsy type. I suppose you could go as far as saying I pretty much oppose being exposed to the sun unless I am poolside with a cold beverage in hand. However, if you want to spot wildlife up close and personal, a walk through Lafreniere’s bird sanctuary and children’s garden makes for a fun safari substitution without the drive to Folsom. We saw a variety of birds, turtles, a nutria and baby-freakin’-bunnies. Going during the evening also provided a view of the park residents that we wouldn’t usually be privy to, such as a tree I have dubbed “the crazy ass bird tree”. Looking out into the water at night, with very little illumination, all you see is the black silhouette of the tree. But when photographed with flash, the tree’s inhabitants are made visible. But we also got to see something that we had not planned for, and that was an amazing view of the evening’s spectacular full moon. Nolan, my six-year-old son, said that it was the best walk he had ever been on.
The next full moon won’t make an appearance until April 6th, but I’ve made a promise to myself, and ultimately to my family, that I’ll make more time to appreciate the things in life that we often are too consumed by our adult lives to enjoy before then.