My cousin, Zack, and I have started this tradition of going on day trips to take photos. The first trip is to the Gainesville Zoo. For our second photography excursion, we are on our way to
Cedar covered shorelines render a sense of a different time and place. I can almost see hobbits running through the trees towards their canoes to escape the ogres, like in Lord of the Rings. Another example of a mysterious sub-current is the castle ruin, once the summer home of a Dr. Collins. The stairwells, rooms and fireplaces give the impression of ages past. Tall trees and moss covered rocks lend to the feeling. A stone table and benches on a balcony could’ve once seated feasting knights and maidens. While their semi-feral dogs wolfed scraps under the table. Stone stairs leading up the hill beckon me forward. A roadway resembling the top of a castle wall with square stones bordering the sides takes me further into the park. On a wider part of the creek higher up, where the sycamore leaves clog the water, there is a concrete dam formed in the shape of a stairway leading down away from the water. But over time, the water has prevailed, finding cracks in the dam and trickling over in chipped places. My vivid and romantic imagination runs wild in this place.
Medieval scenes and awe-inspiring landscapes are not the only things
We see glimpses of wildlife in our journey through the park. There are fish dancing together in Honey Creek. We startle an opossum while walking down an old fire road, it rustles through the brush. At dusk as we are heading back through the park, deer are coming out to feed. The sun has set behind a hill and the moon has come out over a section of woods ravaged by fire. The trees are moonlit skeletons. The scene is somewhat un-earthly and bewitching. Darkness settles as we wind our way back through the hills to the highway, now on our way to find something to eat for ourselves. The day may be over, but the memories will last a lifetime. The camaraderie with my cousin, strengthened today, will not be easily broken.
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