Saturday, January 22, 2011

Photo Walk

Walking for health has been an important part of my life since I had back surgery six years ago. Going through that difficult time pre and post-surgery was made easier when we purchased a puppy, who we named Togo. She continues to be my buddy on walks. And during the rewrite/editing process, walks have become a part of my writing.

A few years ago, I saw something on the internet about photo-walks. The site was a hub for the people in the photo-walking group. They met with their sneakers and cameras at a public place, then walked together, stopping to take photos. I liked the idea and did it a few times. I think it's a great way to get exercise and if you're creative at all, or maybe just like to take pictures, it's a great way to motivate yourself to get out of the house.

Today, I went on a photo-walk around a neighborhood in Walla Walla, Washington.


Ruby said...

Hi, Karen:
I like your pictures, and it is fun to record what's going on when you walk. I have taken my camera w/ me, and I like seeing what's different each time I go out. I'm waiting to get a dog, it's on my list. Congratulations on your memoir.
I walk the same looping dike roads most days, and they're always good.
Best wishes, Ruby

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Ruby. You make a good point; even when we walk the same route, we can see it in different ways. A camera helps with that, I think. ~Karen

Sharon Lippincott said...

Walla Walla, Washington, the town they loved so much they named it twice. We used to live in the Tri-Cities and it was such fun to go to Walla Walla. I felt time had stood still there, and I should be wearing white gloves and a piece of flower-trimmed millinery in the eighties. I don't recognize any of the sights in your pictures, but enjoyed the virtual visit.

Did you know that during the gold rush Walla Walla had something like 22 taverns? And wheat was legal tender in the territory? The price of provisions for miners was astonishingly high. More in absolute dollars back then than we pay today. The history of the area is fascinating!

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Sharon- I'm amazed by the number of people who have some connection to this area. The shots in the photos are of Sharpstein elementary school, and two churches. They sit on four corners of an intersection.

Yes, the area is rich with history. But you may not recognize it now. More than 100 wineries have opened in the area in the last 10-years or so. (I'm sure wine people would cringe if I made a comparison to tavern days - lol)It is now a tourist destination. Very weird for a born-n-raised like me.