Sunday in the gardenPosted: March 18, 2012 | |
I have gone back to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, sorting through some more of the photos I took over a week ago during my last visit. It’s another beautiful day here in the Bogs and I could bring you photos from today, but I wanted to finish going through the Orchid Mania images before starting on something new.
Thank you for all your well wishes yesterday. They must have worked. I’m feeling much better today. In fact, I’m feeling so much better that M and I went out for our first bike ride of the season. It’s amazing how much a little improvement in a cold feels like a lot of improvement. A good night’s sleep helps, too.
We went to a nearby rail trail and put in 9 miles. That’s not too bad for our first bicycle outing, and for someone who is still dealing with a cold.
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.
~ Elizabeth West
I’m not sure I agree entirely with that quote (there are some positive things to be said for progress), but Ms. West does have some good points.
I like that I can travel farther and faster on a bicycle without missing the world I’m passing through. I like the feel of wind even on a day when there is no breeze. I like exercising my body, my balance, and my mind as I pedal.
I changed my mind and decided to bring you a couple of photos from today. The one just above was altered in Picnik to make it look like it was taken while I was in motion. Truthfully, I’m not a good enough rider to pedal and shoot, nor do I think it’s wise to pedal and shoot. Unless someone else is doing the steering, it seems to me a good idea to be paying attention to where I’m going when I’m in motion. The image is not from our bike ride today, either. It’s from the walk I took around the neighborhood after the bike ride. I always feel a need to walk or hike a little after a bike ride. I’m hoping that one of these days I can ride far enough to be able to go to a local park where I can lock up the bike, take a hike, and then ride back.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. It’s been cloudy with sunny spells today with rain in the forecast, but no rain so far. There are some thunderstorms off to our west, but they seem to be heading more north than east so I’m not sure they’ll get here anytime soon, if at all.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you’ve had a most enjoyable Sunday.