Practically in the Backyard

A really nice feature of our community is the Parks and Recreation department - they've done a wonderful job of creating green spaces all around the city, some close to the "urban" areas, some weaving through the neighborhoods, all designed to encourage interaction with the natural habitat of the prairie.

A new park is under construction, a mere half mile from our house. A year ago, it was just an open field, but now there are trails, a gazebo and pond area.

Fishing Hole
This looks like a fishing pier of some sorts.

Another view of the pond:
The Park

I've been running the park trails since I discovered them, about a month ago. Since then, the pier and bridge in the above pictures have gone in - perhaps they are targeting an official spring or summer opening.

It's nice to run here, along the water, especially on sunny mornings:

Not in a Rush This Morning

Sweet Shot Day

Kmcblackburn  – (December 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM)  

This looks like a beautiful community to live in. You mentioned running, and I looked back thru some of your posts and say you ran 11 miles on 11-11-11. First, what an awesome idea you had. Second, kudos to you for accomplishing that! 5 miles is the max I have ever run. I can swim laps, I can bike forever, but running? I don't know. I'm still waiting for that elusive "runners high" I hear so much about. I'm thinking it is an urban myth :)


Unknown  – (December 28, 2011 at 1:08 AM)  

Stunning light in these photos. It looks like a beautiful and inspiring place. Thank you for sharing your captures!

Nancy  – (December 28, 2011 at 5:53 AM)  

A lovely capture of your natural surroundings. Glad to see more green spaces are being incorporated in your area. :)

urban muser  – (December 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM)  

so happy you are thinking of joining my selfie project this year! keep an eye on my blog, and i'll get an email out to everyone too! have a great new year.

Betty Manousos  – (December 31, 2011 at 6:01 AM)  

absolutely stunning shots, shirley!

here's wishing you and yours a happy new year and the best for 2012!


tinajo  – (January 1, 2012 at 5:25 AM)  

It looks really beautiful! Hope you´ll have a great start of 2012! :-)

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