It occurred to me today, while on my daily walk, that so few of the people I wandered past were actually looking at what was around them. OK, so very few people have the luxury of a three month "holiday" and are probably rushing onto the next thing in their busy lives. But as an example, today, among other things, I saw a swallow attacking a grackle (crow-like bird), two swallows perching prettily above my head, and in the water: a big turtle swimming around, two frogs sat on a plank, and a tiny tiny turtle!
And the thing that gets me is that people from the nearby business school were using the path by the walkway as a smoking area, and not one person even noticed the frogs! They were so pretty and sat there for ages, and I was the only person who even gave them a second glance! So here's the question: am I the weird one for getting so much pleasure from these little things I see on my walks every day? I like to think that everyone else is missing out, but maybe no-one else requires these moments to get through the day. Thoughts? Feel free to comment!
Other things I've seen on my walks which have made me pull out my camera:
Don't know why, but this duck in the flowers caught my eye:
A gorgeous dog waiting patiently for its owner on a jetty:
The sun making the water sparkle on a sunny day:
Two birds having a chat:
A volleyball tournament:
Statues in Mount Vernon:
The view back down Charles Street from the Washington Monument:
Of course some things, like this big ship, are impossible for anyone to miss:
In fact I've been lucky enough to come across some fun events while on my little journeys, several of which involved large boats! I got a bit of a shock the day I walked around the corner arriving in Fells Point to find this MASSIVE Japanese defense ship (more on that another day):
And then two days later I came across another massive ship making it's way into the Inner Harbour!
I've also spotted Baltimore's mayor a couple of times. Once at this event, which made me laugh because I have never seen so much fuss being made out of the opening of a new restaurant. They really go all out over here, there were speeches and ribbon-cutting and everything!
And then last Wednesday I stumbled across this:
Which I found out later was a press conference launching the "Star-Spangled Sailabration" which is an event taking place this coming weekend (starting tomorrow actually) celebrating the bicentennial of the declaration of war on Great Britain. I know, I shouldn't be as excited about this as I am, but there are going to be lots of ships, and free tours of said ships! And nobody knows I'm British unless I open my mouth, so as long as I keep schtum it should be fine, I'm sure no-one will try declaring war on me for old times' sake anyway! I hope... And anyway, the banner says they welcome the world, of which I am part.
These blokes look friendly enough. I think.
So have you seen anything that made you smile recently? Let me know in the comments, and make me smile too :)