Frosty reflections on and around Lake Ginninderra
While I don’t count widespread frost as one of the positives from a winter in Canberra, the cold mornings mean still waters on Canberra’s artificial lakes and that means frosty reflections. It’s hard not to admire reflections in still water with a bright pure blue sky.
This morning when I woke it was –6.6 °C (20.12 °F). As I peered out my kitchen window I saw mist gently moving over the surface of the lake. The bright sunlight causing light to flare from the mist in all directions as blinding flashes inside my little flat.
I can see these images every week and I will still delight in seeing them again and again.
As I walked around Lake Ginninderra I reflected on many things. Work, friends, family, wants, needs, the cold, the future…
I pondered new friendships and the enormous joy it brings to meet new people and know that I’ve had some part in bringing them joy.
This past week has had a couple of significant encounters, one professional and one personal. Such encounters bring meaning to life.
Joy can also be found in the beauty (albeit natural beauty in an artificial construct) of highly saturated colours that come naturally in Canberra with brilliant sunshine through pollution-free skies on a nearby lake.
Then there is the joy in satisfying my desires associated with routines. I walked around the lake twice this weekend. I recorded a podcast. I read blogs. I listened to podcasts. I watched YouTube videos. I shared thoughts and feelings online with friends.
Then there are the incidental things. Chocolate. My football team winning (Brisbane Broncos defeated the Newcastle Knights last night). A small piece of beef slowly cooking in my slow cooker and filling my flat with the aromas of onions, celery, carrot, meat and potatoes.
Weekends like this, even with the cold, with frosty reflections, are worth living.
Tell me, dear reader, do you like frosty reflections?
What brings you joy?
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