34.7º N 92.2º W. Little Rock, in Central Arkansas, in the United States
5/27/17 – 6/3/17
Come Saturday Morning
It is the second Saturday after the schools let out for summer. The streets in my neighborhood are extra friendly to pedestrians and riders of non-motorized wheeled things. Pre-teen boys especially appreciate the locale, and I’m hoping some will ride by and grace the view out there. Last year a small group met up at the intersection near my house most of the Saturday mornings of the season. Boys of any age don’t much hold still, but I did manage to get this sketch of them.
Later I took a photo and did this painting of two of them who lasted as a pair longer than the others. They put me in mind of a song of 1970.
Come Saturday morning
I’m goin’ away with my friend
We’ll Saturday-spend til the end
of the day
Just I and my friend
We’ll travel for miles in our
And then we’ll move on
But we will remember long after
(Music by Fred Karlin, lyrics by Dory Previn)
Two Rivers Park
We of the county and the city where I live were blessed in recent years to have had governmental officials who cared about nature and beauty and about our citizens’ ability to access those. These good leaders took actions to turn visions into reality. One result is our county’s remarkable Two Rivers Park.
I live in midtown and I can get to the park in 15 minutes, thanks in part to a new pedestrian bridge at its eastern tip. You can see the bridge in the lower right hand corner of the photo if you enlarge this photo.
This huge (1,000 acres) park is a peninsula bordered by the Arkansas River on its north side and the Little Maumelle River on its south. The two rivers converge at the tip of the park; thus its name.
There are 450 acres of mostly wooded wetlands and 550 acres of open fields.
This incredible getaway place offers both paved and dirt trails for walking, cycling, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Also there are canoe launching, fishing and picnic areas.
If you want to have a big vegetable garden you can rent a tract there, and be in company with other community gardeners.
Deer live there year-around, protected. The haiga/haiku below was inspired by one of several encounters with the deer.
The deer will watch you calmly unless you come too close; then they magically melt away and become invisible in the high growth of the fields.
Hundreds of Eastern bluebirds are there sometimes. Can you imagine looking across a field and realizing you are seeing hundreds of bluebirds? And other wildlife of course. It is a paradise for birdwatchers, photographers, artists, and nature enthusiasts.
There is also an area that showcases native trees by transforming some of the fields into a walkable Garden of Trees.
The park is a connected part of the Arkansas River Trail, which is a fantastic story unto itself, a topic in a later blog post.
Speaking of Bluebirds
One thing does lead to another. Serendipitously my friend dosankodebbie in Japan posted this photo of her latest etegami today. If you don’t already know about etegami, it is Japanese postcard art done according to certain guidelines. One of my favorite kinds of art to do, and to look at. There is a great Facebook Group, Etegami Fun Club, administered by Debbie. If you are interested in learning (free!) how to do etegami, go to dosankodebbie’s online summary.
In the Green Cathedral
The butter lilies in the back yard have been coming and going for a week.
Once again, great gratitude to the previous owner of this house. The lilies line the back fence. I’ve lived here about 20 years and they’ve never failed to rise up out of the ground and add their glory to creation.
Copyright 2017 Ruth Byrn