I am a freelance writer with varied interests including personal development, pets, saving money and disability issues.
I have to admit I am not one to exercise just for the sake of it. You wonít find me at the gym. I have owned exercise videos (yes, it was quite a while ago) but I never actually exercised while watching them. I have intended to do a series of exercises on a regular basis but it never happened. At some point in time there was an exercise bike in the shed collecting cobwebs. I do enjoy taking my dog for a walk or walking with a destination in mind. However, I wonít go for a walk just for the sake of getting exercise.
This morning I hopped on the train and got off at a station I knew nothing about. The area didnít look interesting from the train but one of my goals is to get to know the Adelaide area better. I had my camera with me thinking surely there would be something worth photographing.
Off I walked planning to walk and take a few photos for about thirty minutes, find somewhere for a coffee and then head back to the station.
Soon I found some paintings on the pavement in front of a primary school. There were brightly coloured balloons on a couple of stobie poles. I took a number of photos.
Balloons painted on stobie pole. Authorís own photo
I continued on and found a park so I took a few snaps. After I crossed the road I found a lovely butterfly painting on a wall so I took more photos. Around a corner I found street art of African animals on a wall that would have been boring without the art work.
African animals on wall in side street. Authorís own photo
I wandered on and turned the corner onto another street. Here I found a wall with vibrant artwork worth taking more photos of.
Rooster Authorís own photo
There was a lady watering her garden. She jokingly asked if I wanted her to water me. We got talking and I mentioned I was taking photos to use as images with articles I write for the internet. She told me there was some good street art in Hawker Street and gave me directions.
Hawker Street was an excellent source of subjects for photos. There were many painted stobie poles and some palms in large pots decorated with mosaics.
Mosaic flower pot. Authorís own photo
There was a round pole decorated with seahorses. Itís sole purpose seemed to be decorative. There were bus stops along the street so I decided I would catch a bus into the CBD and then catch a train home from there. By this stage I had wandered quite a distance from the station where I had alighted. However, I was spurred on by the lure of more painted stobie poles and decorated plant pots.
Seahorse painting on round pole. Authorís own photo
As well there were two parks where I took some photos. I wandered through one of the parks and back onto Hawker Street. I decided to walk to the end of Hawker Street and get as many photos as I could.
View of a park. Authorís own photo
At the end of Hawker Street I turned onto South Road. There was no art work there and I headed for the nearest bus stop suddenly aware my legs were tired. I looked at my watch and saw I had been walking for 90 minutes. I was so motivated by the interesting things to photograph I had lost track of time.
My purpose of getting some interesting photos motivated me to walk for longer than I would have otherwise. Motivation is a powerful force.