There are seven different hiking/walking/cycling paths and routes in and around our city. Each route has at least two, and often three or more options within it, so there are many different combinations to change things up in terms of scenery and distance.

Every path has benches at intervals along the way. Many of these benches have been dedicated in memory of someone who enjoyed nature or utilized the paths, or both.

Often, as shown in my feature photo, someone leaves a bouquet. The bench below was adorned just a couple of days ago.

As I pass these memorial benches on my power walks and photo walks, I often wonder about the people they stand in memory of.

I think, for my own interest, I’m going to start taking photos of the dedication plates and then research the names on them. In my mind, knowing a bit about these people, will add another dimension to my walks.

The only post processing I did with these photos was to resize and then do a white balance adjustment on both, and to straighten the horizon on the second one.

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

Mark Twain