Fair weather at last - Actifit Report: March 30 2020

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It was beautiful today, at long last, after many days of gray, rain, snow and cold. Even though it was much colder all winter I was braced for it. I knew I had to bundle up in all the layers and the extra thick gloves. Then when it warmed up above freezing, I switched to fewer layers, lighter coats and thinner gloves, and I suffer! The gray and cold penetrate every layer. We have been in that weather pattern for about a month, with a few half days of sun here and there.

But the sun came out at last and with it some warmth! And I just had to get outside. So after work today I walk about 8 miles on the trails!

As you can see there were plenty of people out walking, running and riding. Of course everyone was keeping a safe distance.

This is my favorite long path. You can walk or bike for miles on it. If you follow me you will be seeing more of it this spring and summer because I love to walk this path, with its canopies of trees. They are of course much prettier with leaves!

There are also a lot of ponds along the way. Some still have sheets of ice, like this one.

One pond was completely free of ice and was full of singing frogs. It is the first I have heard them this year, so they are just now emerging from hibernation. In another pond I saw a pair of wood ducks.

There are also gullies full of rain water and snow melt along the paths. Fortunately the path itself was mostly dry even though we had torrential rains two days ago.

The ultimate destination is the lake. A few weeks ago it was frozen and covered with ice fishing houses. Now people are getting ready for boating season.

There are still a few bits of snow hiding in some of the ditches too.

Someone had put up an encouraging sign along the path!

On the other side, a thank you to first responders.

And I found a perfect heart-shaped leaf!

Thanks for visiting!



Nice flat walk seeing into the distance, how fortunate you are to have a trail so close to home to enjoy the outdoors with lovely meandering stream right there.

Have a wonderful and and keep smiling @jayna

Yes, I am really so lucky to have these beautiful trails close by. They are everywhere, with many lakes and ponds all around too. I am outdoors as much as I can be!

Always very eye-catching are your photos, @jayna, and your simple story about daily activity, which shows the change in nature. Of the photos you share, I'm very attracted to those of the road, with that perspective that shows the "vanishing point"; a feature that interests me especially because of its implications, besides visual, philosophical and literary. Have a happy spring! Greetings.

Thank you for those kind words, @josemalavem. I love that idea that the vanishing point on the horizon has literary and philosophical implications. That is an idea worth exploring!

Hello, @jayna. Yes, it's a field of great interest. I have not been able to work on it as I would like, because of the various subjects I have to deal with throughout my intellectual process. I can tell you that there is a very interesting relationship with contemporary philosophy; I remember for example that Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (French authors that I don't know if you know) deal with it in their book Rhizome ; they talk rather about "vanishing lines". I think there is something in Michel Foucault and also in Paul Virilio.
In literature, both in theory and in creative work, there are several references; in the so-called "Theory of Reception", there is the very interesting concept of place of indetermination, which is associated with point of escape. I also remember a work by the Cuban-born essayist and novelist Severo Sarduy, on the baroque and neo-baroque (the text with this title exists), where he speaks of the point of flight. There are even two novels with the title Point of Escape; one by the American David Markson and the other by the Spanish Alejandro Gándara (unfortunately, due to the economic difficulties and access to the book that we've been facing in Venezuela for several years now, I haven't been able to read them).

This road was very beautiful

Thank you, @cloudblade!

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