Friday, July 24, 2009

Early Morning Walk

I woke up early this morning and decided to do an early morning briskwalk around Artspark which is just across the street from our condo. Back home in the Philippines, I used to go on long walks on Sunday mornings with my friend in church and we would start not later than 5 a.m. However, at 6 o'clock in the morning, Artspark was still dark and empty and because I am not familiar with the area and how safe it is, I waited until 6:20 when the morning was getting brighter before heading towards the park.

At 6:20 a.m., the park was still empty and except for the sound coming from vehicles passing along the roundabout, Young Circle was quiet. As the morning grew, the air became warmer and three or four people started coming to the park. Yesterday, I went on an early evening walk around the park, too, and enjoyed a couple of minutes of exercise. Since coming to America, I have not been engaged in sports activities so losing weight here is a challenge.

On the Hollywood Boulevard area, there stands a single baobad tree on the western edge of the park which is surrounded by six artist designed sound poles that gives out a beautiful sound. It is an audible rendition of the tree's life energy waves that were recorded over a period of time. The collected energy data was converted to use the sounds of harps, wind, and ocean in a recorded audio track. Hearing the music everytime I pass by the area makes me feel like I've been transported to an enchanted place.

The photos you see in this page are shots I took with my cellphone camera during my walk.

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