Tuesday, December 2, 2008

... continued

Let me pick up from where we left off on the previous post ... we were on the trail around Ladybird Lake in Austin, and had stopped at a water stop by the dog park ...

As we continue on the loop trail, we pass the statue of Texas musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, standing tall by the lake, silently watching the prancing dogs and strolling people around him with his guitar in hand, as if waiting for the right moment to break into song.




Now we are on the other side of Lamar Bridge. Framed by the Fall foliage, the bridge and its reflection make a pretty picture.




As the sun begins to dip even lower, there's a hush around the lake, and we pass fewer people. We can hear the plop of the oars striking the water as the last rowers return to the docks, and we hear the calls of birds settling in for the night.




The parts of the trail that are tree-lined get much darker, and the trees seem to loom taller as we pass under them.




We pause at the boat dock, to watch the intensity of the colors in the fading light. The deep blue of the water, and the reds and browns of the trees reflecting on its calm surface.




As the last of the runners drives away, and the last canoe is put away, a quiet descends on the lake, and the residents settle down for the night. I love the way the setting sun makes their orange beaks glow!






Have a good evening!

20 comments:

Sekhar said...

Beautiful :)

Blu said...

Now that write up itself deserves an award. I really got the feel of the place. Take care Blu.

ramanjit said...

hello bindu,
thanks for comment .your images are very good .second one is awesome i like that very much.keep visiting on my blog thanks.

Vamsee said...

I like the picture of the lake and fall colors.
If there is one thing I missed when we moved from the east coast to California it is the fall colors. Fall is such a magical time with cool weather, beautiful colors and my favorite pumpkin pie.

Robyn said...

So peaceful. I love the last photograph. How wonderful to be able to plop down and put your head under your wing and take a nap whenever you feel like it.

Mridula said...

Sounds like such a lovely walk and the fall colors are magnificient!

3rdEyeMuse said...

oh! I am so glad for the Ladybird Lake wrap up! what a terrific tour! I could easily have taken 100 pictures of the bridge and its reflection alone - that shot is stunning. the burst of colors reflecting in the water is a beautiful shot, too - thanks so much for sharing. :)

meb said...

Love the two pieces bindu. Thanks for sharing.

Karine said...

What wonderful photos. I had no idea Austin was so lovely, but I guess it's been a long time since I've been there.

I love ducks.

bindu said...

Sekhar, Blu, Ramanjit - thanks. :)

Vamsee - I know how you feel. I miss the flaming colors of the maples from when I lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Robyn - I know! I sat on the deck and watched these two birds from close by and they looked so peaceful!

Mridula, Karine - thanks.

3rdEyeyMuse - thanks. The colors were particularly bright that day, and the reflection was perfect too.

Meb - I saw your comment on the previous post - never thought I'd be the one to promote Texas' beauty! I've been complaining since we moved here, but Austin is pretty, and I like the lake area best of all. :)

pink dogwood said...

Bindu - you really know how to write well. I felt like I was almost there. Ever thought of writing a book?

Beautiful pictures as always :)

~vagabond~ said...

I loved your narrate through the walk, and the lovely photos...made me feel as though I went on the walk myself. This is going to feel so strange when someday I end up in Texas in that same neighborhood.

T and S said...

WOW...You have an amazingly well written blog. I particularly liked the one titled "Ode of a spider".
The trademark of your blog is that its well written and pays attention to the minutest details.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog...Thomas

Shayla said...

Someday I'd love to visit all over Texas. Thanks for showing your beautiful park. Just loved the photo you got of the duckies!

Srividya said...

Hi Bindu,

Beautiful pictures! makes me want to actually visit Austin :)

ChAsMeBaDoOr said...

beautiful shots..

loved the ducks..[:)]

tc

painter girl said...

You live in such a beautiful area.
And the geese! Aren't they so amazing.
Thanks for the tour. I would love to visit Austin! So lovely....

Chandan said...

lovely post, nice pictures..

bindu said...

Bhavana - thanks. :) I've written a couple of short stories and blurbs. Glad you like my writing!

Vagabond - that would be interesting if you did come here and see the place for yourself!

T & S, Shayla - Thank you.

Chasmebadoor, Chandan - thanks. :)

Vidya - now that would be something. ;)

Paintergirl - I can't believe I've become a publicist for Austin! :)

dolphin said...

beautiful.
just loved the lake