I Went For A Walk to Clear My Head

June 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I'm a long time migraine sufferer. What started out as a once a month kind of thing around my period when I was 12 has now progressed to four or five a month. One of my biggest triggers is stress. So one of the things I like to do when I'm super stressed out is take my dog Besse for a walk. As Besse is pushing nine years old she doesn't move very fast anymore, which is prefect because she doesn't seem to mind when I stop a million times to take a picture. For the most part our walks are pretty uneventful. However, today was slightly different. 

We were doing the loop around Crystal Lake Park here in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The sun was shinning, the birds were chirping and I had already taken what I thought was going to be the image from the day. That was until we came around a bend in the path and there they stood. Two deer, completely unfazed by the fact that I had a camera in once hand and a leash attached to a 120lbs dog in the other. 

The four of us just standing around, perfectly normal, nothing to see here. At one point the deer were less than ten feet from us.

Sometimes you can get tunnel vision when you're looking through your viewfinder, and to my surprise when I finally did put my camera down to take stock of the situation, Besse had fallen asleep at my feet, and there was a young mother and her baby quietly waiting for me to finish. I waved her by and she was so cute telling me, "I didn't want to ruin your shot, so we just sat very still so we wouldn't startle the deer."

By the time I made it back home I had forgotten what had made me so stressed out that I wanted to take a walk in the first place.

Mother Nature one of the best stress relievers out there!  

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