It is easy to assume that this city park worker was merely taking a break but that isn't the case. Do you see the stair like structure in the upper left corner of these photos. It is part of the overflow drain from the man made Memorial lake.
This second photo was actually taken before the top photo. When I first saw the worker he appeared to be checking the run off from Memorial Lake. I had seen a tractor a short distance from where he stood and decided to cross the bridge and ask if I could get a photo of him and his tractor. He didn't seem to be in much of a hurry to get back to work.
When I asked, he laughed and said he had tried to cross the drainage ditch when the back wheels of his tractor became buried in mud. The run off appeared very light and the heavy layer of fall leaves hid the fact that the soil was very wet. He was just waiting for a co-worker to come rescue him. Just then his rescuer arrived.
They hooked up the wench line.
Prepared for a fun ride.
A few minutes later he was free to get back to mowing.
The park is now covered in snow and the winds are whipping around some very icy air. I wonder if this worker is now clearing snow covered walkways.
It may feel like -8f outside today but luckily I have a good collection of photographs to go through taken before our weather turned frigid. Check out how these individuals soaked in the mild Autumn day.
A parks worker taking a break? Find out on Sunday.
My first thought about this guy was 'why on earth waste the beauty of your surroundings with your nose stuck in your cell phone?'.
Then I decided I was being completely unfair and a bit hypocritical as well. How many times have I relaxed in the grass by a lake or pond with my nose stuck in a book? Too many to count I will venture. All that matters is that he was relaxing in the way he wanted to relax. He was spending the moment soaking in the atmosphere in a way that appealed to him. Although, I can't quite decide if that is a hint of a smile on his face or a bit of a smirk. Maybe he wasn't enjoying it as much as I thought he was. What do you think?
Once again I had the privilege of capturing a bit of the fun during this years Ugly Mom Prom. Here are some of my favorite shots. These women really know how to make a girls night out something to remember.