When you do outside stuff like running or cycling or walking, you get to know your own corner of the universe quite well. I tend to stick with the same routes when I'm running because my sense of direction is questionable at the best of times, and while attempting to move at a faster pace than normal, well... I'm going to be nice to myself and just say that my brain goes on autopilot and can't be bothered by trifles like "Turn left on 550th Ave unless you want to be stranded on a random gravel road with no idea where you are but with an exceptional view of acre upon acre of cornfields."
Many routes around here consist of miles of straight paths and fields, which is lovely in its own way, but today's was a little more entertaining, provided you find things like trees entertaining, which I definitely do.
Look! Apiaries! I love these things, and it always heartens me to see them; I'm always afraid of certain things dying out, but it would seem that beekeeping is not. Just the bees. No big deal.
(Note: If you're looking for an excellent, excellent nonfiction children's book about bees and the honeybee crisis, I highly recommend The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honeybee Catastrophe. For two years it has remained one of Adelaide's favorites. It pulled me in, too.)
The truly glorious aspect of the above photo, though? SHADE, GLORIOUS SHADE.
And then I found this snake! I almost tripped over him, which would have been unfortunate for the both of us and cut short a fated friendship. Not to worry, fellow snake lovers: I moved him to the side of the road post-photo shoot, after I'd yelled non-sequiturs like "FIERCE!" and "WORK!" at him while snapping pictures. Because as far as I can tell, that's what fashion photographers do.
This may be my favorite view of all, as it means I am done. I've been dropping Caedmon off at preschool, then leaving my vehicle parked there to set out for my run, so when I arrive back at the school, it means walking and then water and then sitting.
The preschool is only on the basement level of the building; the rest is the dwelling of the teacher and her family. Not pictured are the goats and chickens and yoga mats. Yes, it is that kind of preschool, and our kids love it.
Also not pictured were today's strong winds, which was the only thing that kept me from overheating. I love strong winds during a run and in general, but I recently saw this video and had to admit that a lack of wind could have its benefits:
Chandelier Tree from Colin Kennedy on Vimeo.