Friday, November 11, 2011

A walk in the park ...

The other day instead of doing my daily walk (well ... almost daily ....), The Professor suggested I grab my camera and we do it in a much more scenic location. 

Not far from where we live is Wissahickon Valley Park or Forbidden Drive, 
so named because in the 1920s, cars were banned from it.  
Nowadays, it's open to pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.



It offers amazing walking and foliage viewing without leaving the city.

  
The creek itself flows through the entire heart of Fairmont Park.  
It is a beautiful park with over 9,200 acres and has been called 
"one of the largest urban parks in the country".







Needless to say, I spent more time taking pictures than I did walking!


The shot below is SOOC.  The afternoon light was reflecting
the golden trees upon the stream. 
Made for a perfect shot ... well maybe a little blur there, 
but you get my drift.


These fall days will soon be behind us.  With yesterday's winds,
many of my backyard golden leaves were stripped from
their branches.
As sad as I am to see them bare,
it does give me joy that
now I can see my feathered friends better!

: : :

Next week we will be traveling again.  I'm feeling a bit like Matt Lauer on The Today Show.
Instead of "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?"
it could be 
"Where in the World is Reena?"

So, want to try guessing where we'll be?
Here's some clues:


You have to cross 42 bridges to get there
It has the 3rd largest coral reef in the world
The whole island is a bird sanctuary
All of the beach sand has been shipped in
The nearest Wal-Mart is 126 miles away
A Farewell to Arms was written there (this totally gives it away!)


Can't wait to share with you!
(And I'll make sure that that 'yocal' keeps the critters well supplied with food.)

Have a great weekend!

~ sharing with ~


53 comments:

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for the tour through your beautiful park. the photos are exquisite! I hope you have the time of your life next week - enjoy some key lime pie. happy weekend to you Reena.

TexWisGirl said...

such a world traveler. thanks for giving us a touch of 'your world' before you leave it again. :)

EG Wow said...

Very pretty, Reena! Enjoy your trip. :)

Gine said...

Nous avons eu la même inspiration ... Je ne me lasse pas des eaux colorées !

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

A lovely place for a walk and photo taking. Enjoy your travels!

Emille said...

Are you going to post each of the 42 bridges? (just kidding) I probably would have made the 2nd "painting"!
Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Janie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these photo posts! Incredible color and points of view! Very lovely indeed. Yes, I agree with Becky, have some Key Lime Pie!

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, quiet ride that you gives us, loved the pictures!

A big hug to you
oa.s

Ivanhoe said...

You still have beautiful colors on leaves. Ours are mostly gone and we even had an inch of snow when we woke up this morning. I'm not ready :(
Have a great weekend! :)

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena...lovely pictures!!
You, my globe trotting friend, have a fabulous time and remember you are experiencing everything for all of us left behind....SO ENJOY
Hugs Madi and Mom

Ginny said...

Why was Forbidden Drive forbidden?? The last picture is gorgeous, it is my favorite today! No, I actually don't know where you are going because I have never read "A Farewell To Arms"!! But it sounds wildly beautiful and I'm hoping for lots of exotic shots and bird shots. Do you travel so much because of your husband's job? I think you mentioned that this is the reason. What does he do? What an awesome job he must have!

Ashley Sisk said...

These are absolutely gorgeous - I love the processing.

Jill said...

Very pretty, Reena. Enjoy your trip!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, you world traveler you!!! I think its terrific! Make the most of it! Just share with us when you return!! Your captures/reflections for the day are fantastic! Such gorgeous colors!! Is it Cuba? Have a great weekend, Reena!

Sylvia

TSannie said...

LOVE what you've done to the first photos. They should be framed and on a wall somewhere. (Also love that on your Amsterdam photos, too.)I have no idea where Hemingway was, tho I'd guess the Florida Keys?

Florida Farm Girl said...

Have you ever been to Hemmingway's house there? The resident cats are wonderful, I think. They are well cared for.

Go to the Blond Giraffe for some coffee. Yum!! And there's a little Cuban restaurant we went to in some neighborhood that was very good, but can't even begin to remember the name.

Have a good time!! And, I don't have to tell you to charge up the camera batteries!! Oh, the butterfly house is fabulous!!!!

Debbie said...

all those clues and i still don't know.....

it sounds like someplace wonderful. lucky for us we will get to experience it through all your wonderful photo's!!

gorgeous pictures today!!

bobbybegood1 said...

Are you going to Italy? Well, have a great time. And yes I agree - your life could be termed "Where In The World Is Reena?" Have a marvelous time sweetie. Cheers!!

My Journey With Candida said...

Hmmmm.... Hemmingway started A Farewell To Arms in Paris but finished it after he moved to Florida. So TSannie is probably right... The Florida Keys

Great pictures, have a fun vacation.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I see a few have said, the Florida Keys! I can't wait to see your photos! And I love the title of this post....one of my favorites to use! It makes me smile to go on a beautiful walk like this! Hugs! ♥

Dianne said...

Thanks for the morning stroll along that delightful forbidden track - just so peaceful! Now I'm most probably the only person who wouldn't have a clue where you're off to Reena but wherever it is have a great time!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Gorgeous image, looks like an amazing place to walk and take photos. Have fun on your trip and I'm looking forward to seeing your photos. Have a great weekend. :0)

Nayana said...

such a gorgeous clicks..I love these effect...You are traveling again...can wait to see your awesome clicks of birds...

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful, especially the second and third photos. I'm a sucker for leaves!

Sandra said...

beautiful foilage and a wonderful place to visit, you visit so many gorgeous places and now Key West... have fun

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You had my attention with Bird Sanctuary! You really get around. Can't wait to see your photos. I certainly enjoyed these. Some amazing light, reflections, and autumn colors. Be safe. :)

geetlee said...

oh, these pictures are so lovely! have a great trip! waiting to see the shots you take :)

S. Etole said...

What a great area for a walk with a camera! Blessings on your traveling time.

Genie said...

You have given us an amazing series of wonderful shots this week. The colors are gorgeous. This must have been a heavenly place to walking with the old camera.The water, water for, and leaves are all beautiful. genie

Evelyn S. said...

Beautiful images, Reena! (I am so envious of your travels, though!)

ds said...

Gorgeous photos, Reena. Have a fabulous trip!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures, must have been a great walk.

Woody said...

I've been contemplating a trip to forbidden drive, it's only ~20 miles. Actually, I was in the neighborhood last Sunday and will be posting shots starting Monday.

I love the effects on the photos, they are very cool.

Ann said...

totally gorgeous pictures, that sounds like a wonderful park.
I think our fall foliage is done for now. We woke to snow on the ground this morning.
Happy travels, bring us back lots of pretty pictures :)

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos of the forest, I like the way you "changed" them and the photo of the ducks was amazing!!

Have a nice trip!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Just as I did with Matt Lauer this week, I live vicariously through people who go to amazing places like you do!! I look forward to seeing your stunning pictures and following your next adventure!!! :-)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful art photos Reena. Wonderful to have something so delightful close to home.

justine said...

these are fantastic, they almost look like oil paintings and the reflections are perfect, a really great set of shots.

Country Girl said...

How lucky you are to live so close to such a wonderful park.
I'm going to miss you and Daryl today.

Enjoy your trip to Key West!!

CherryPie said...

That park looks like a wonderful place to walk. You have captured the autumn colours so well :-)

Dorian Susan said...

Hey Reena....have wonderful and safe travels, bringing home lots of photos. I love the way you have pictured your day in the park. Your painterly images are divine.

beth said...

wow....you are such a traveler and i am envious !!

oh and i suck at clues since i'm geographically challenged.....so i have no idea where you're going next but i know it will be great !

ladyfi said...

What artistic shots! So lovely.

James said...

What a beautiful place! I've walked there a few times and loved it! Great shots!

Oliag said...

Mr O and I went for a hike with the children and grands to a new place for us yesterday too... It is fun to get out of the rut:) Hope my photos come out half as nice as yours...I especially love the SOOC shot...they look like they are swimming in molten gold...

Key West! Lucky you!!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Love that last one with the ducks!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Oh lucky you going to Key West... or one of the Keys anyway!!!

Have a marvelous time... I know you'll get some beautiful sunset shots!

Linda R. said...

WOW!!! Such gorgeous shots. They just don't have parks like that in Las Vegas..

Hugs, Linda

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Lovely images. Like beautiful paintings.

Daryl said...

These are framable .. definitely ..

Barb said...

Your photo art is unbelievable! absolutely stunning again!

NatureFootstep said...

I like the treatment you gave the forest shots. Looks great. :)

Michaele said...

I just can't get enough of your photos like this! And good gosh, I can't get the the computer for a few days, and next thing I know you are off traveling again. Ahhh, such a life.