The park has, in the last few years, become the place for weekend events - the Cottage and Boat Show; the "In Water" Boat Show; The Poker Run; The Scottish Festival; Canada Day Events; - many more events which, when you sit down and look at the calendar, pretty much take over summer weekends.
On that particular morning I was at the park on a mission. Having just finished one of Freeman Patterson's books on photography, the mission was to look at the places we find familiar and try to see them in a different way. I wasn't all that successful with that, perhaps because I am there almost daily at the same time of the morning, but I did see two things I haven't seen before - starlings on the dock, one feeding, one being fed, which I found strange since neither seemed to be a baby, and a fledgeling that I didn't recognize. The beak makes me think it must be some variety of seagull, but I'm not really sure. It was a funny looking little thing, swimming through the water for all it's worth, just as if it were a baby duck...which it clearly is not.
I haven't quite given up, and there are a few unprocessed images that may yet yield the unusual image I was after, and each morning as I hit the park I'll be looking to see what I can see through eyes without a pre-set purpose; and hopefully, without a mind already made up about the way an image should look.
One of the things I am finding more difficult than I expected is to 'unlearn' some of the things I've spent years learning. But it is another step in the development of the photographer.