I have spent a long time thinking about whether photos on my blog should primarily describe Bend, Oregon or whether they should include what might be called artistically pleasing images that don't specifically add pertinent information about my community. So I rationalize today and call this image a hybrid.
This gnarly old tree in Drake Park points gracefully over Mirror Pond, an impoundment of the Deschutes River. I am sure the tree has witnessed many a worried parent coaxing intrepid children who have shinnied up the trunk to return to the safety of the ground. Many years ago I would have been one of those children. Not that I am an old codger now, bent over like this tree, just old enough to remember the joy of being young. Like the tree directing one's eye to the shiny blue water, this image may renew our urge to climb like children and experience the excitement of seeing and feeling the landscape differently.