Saturday, February 14, 2009

St. Valentine and The Park

Well, I have brought back the third column - things looked SO BARE here without it! And I have simplified to a Minima Blogger template so that the three column contents do not appear too cluttery. What do you think?

Today was St. Valentine's Day, but we did not get caught up in the commercialism of this day. We exchanged tokens and sentiments, and spent a family day together. Although we were minus our oldest, Nature Boy, we enjoyed our day by having lunch in town and heading to the park.

Amilia loves swinging and practicing her technique for going higher and higher. She prefers to have help in that department! I used the Sport setting on my camera to catch her in mid-swing

Next, we walked across the bridge to the outdoor skating rink to watch the skaters. We did not have our skates with us today, and were feeling a little cold after the swinging, so we just watched for a bit. There were kids out there with just gloves and a light cotton shirt with 1/2 sleeves! (Well, they did have on pants, of course!) As you can see, there was still some snow on the ground from last night. BRRRRR!!
These three photos were also edited with the Dry Brush element in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

The walkers lined up there by the wall are very handy tools used by young children to hold while learning to skate. They have two wheels, and two sleigh shaped stoppers so they slide easily, but don't run away from the skater. The last two photos are a little dark because the sport setting did not work at the rink due to the bright white of the ice. I adjusted to the snow setting, and that makes the surroundings darker.

I absolutely love a visit to an outdoor skating rink, whether I am skating or not. Before we moved, we lived in a city that had an indoor rink, but it was in the absolute worst part of town, and it was filing bankruptcy due to lack of funds/income. It was a dismal place to skate.

At an outdoor rink, it is invigorating to watch the skaters,

hear the laughter, and breathe in the crisp, fresh air all at the same time.

How did you spend your St. Valentine's Day?

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