Most people seem to like sticks-in-the-water kinds of photographs. Either that, or such images are an infection among minimalist photographers. I'm not one of those, but I like them just the same. The natural beauty of natural sticks adds a good deal to such work, because their forms are so elegant and complex. Wandering along a pond side trail I'd never visited before, there was a little clearing, a bench facing the pond, and what you see here. I sat for a long while enjoying the sounds of bull frogs, and the patter of very light drizzle on the water in front of me. There were also several acres of lily pads in full bloom that were too far away from where I was able to place the camera to make a photograph, but they were gorgeous to look at nonetheless. Now that I've found this local site, I'll return whenever light, atmosphere, or seasonal changes invite me.