Last weekend my wife said “I’m tired of doing the same old walks, let’s find somewhere new to go”. That’s what happens when you live in the same place for 36 years – you get bored. She remembered spotting a footpath in an area of parkland close to the centre of Milton Keynes that we had talked about exploring. So, armed with a map, we set off.
I pocketed the Canon G10 more out of habit than optimism. The sky was overcast, the light was dull and the countryside had no colour.
It wasn’t the greatest of walks. From where we parked we had to wind our way past a small industrial estate to get to a gentle brook that ran past scrub and woodland. The mainline railway was 200yds to one side with the roar of passing trains, the dual carriageway a quarter mile on the other side – a constant drone. Not exactly quiet. But the path opened out into an area of parkland, and then threaded through an underpass and on to a horseshoe lake. About a mile in total. If nothing else, a useful scouting trip – worth a re-visit when there’s some green on the trees, perhaps. And the walk round the lake could be promising – I spotted a couple of Cormorants on a small rocky island.
The camera stayed firmly in my pocket – not an image in sight……..until I spotted the outflow from the lake.
A curtain of water curling over the edge to feed the brook. Image No 1.
On the way back we took a slightly different route using an alternative underpass where I happened upon a neat little bit of Street Art. Image No 2. I called this ‘The Jokers’.
Off to one side I spotted a cyclist on a nearby path close to the Railway who looked as if he was taking a photograph. Curiosity got the better of me, so I deserted my wife (not an uncommon event) and went to take a look. And found Image No 3.
His Right hand is pointing……. to what, or where?
To Image No 4. A tunnel under the Railway with a narrow fenced walkway lit from below.
This is where HDR would have come in handy. But this is a single image processed quite heavily in Photoshop to extract the maximum.
Finally back at the car, we spotted there was an event going on in the nearby conference centre. It turned out to be a Wedding Fair with a ‘vintage’ slant to it. And outside was a cute old Volkswagen Beetle with the roof down.
Cue Image No 5. I couldn’t resist the little ‘friends’ attached to the dashboard.
5 Images – none of them really having anything to do with Parkland. Similar to what happened when we went for a Lakeside Walk earlier this year. Click here to view that post.
So I end, as I did then, with the famous Tom Hanks quote from Forrest Gump: My momma always said “Life was like a box of chocolates…. you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Photography is like that box of chocolates – expect the unexpected! Go prepared.