Saturday Morning In The Park – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

In our community, we have two lakes that are the focal point for a lot of social activities. Around the lakes, it is a park setting with a continuous wide sidewalk that always has walkers and joggers enjoying the fresh air and outdoors. The lakes are not physically connected, but sit right by each other. The sidewalk connects them for all of us to easily go between the two. They are called North Lake and South Lake. I love the creativity in the names (yes, sarcasm) and frankly would argue that they aren’t really lakes, but large ponds. It is 2.5 miles around both of them, so we are talking “large ponds”. Both are man made and serve more than just aesthetic beauty. They actually hold recycled water that is used throughout the community to water the vegetation. You must remember, this is Arizona and we are in a desert, but we have learned early on, how to utilize water wisely. And with that said, since it is Arizona and we’ll take what we can get in water…the term Lakes works.

I decided to get up early last Saturday morning and take a walk around the two lakes. I’ve attached six shots from my morning adventure.

Estrella Mountain Ranch - North Lake - Goodyear, Arizona

Saturday Morning In The Park 1

The first shot is at the end of North Lake where there is an open-air amphitheater in the lawn stepping down to the lake with the water fountains as backdrops. Throughout the year concerts are held here representing a variety of music. Notice the early morning couple walking their dog. As I said earlier, the sidewalk and the lamppost go the full 2.5 miles around the lakes with sidewalk connectors into various neighborhoods.

Saturday Morning In The Park 2

Saturday Morning In The Park 2

The second shot is from South Lake looking back east towards the Estrella Mountains as a backdrop. If you look real close along the sidewalk, you’ll see a parent pushing a stroller coming out from under the Palm trees and to the far left, a gentleman sitting on a park bench.

Saturday Morning In The Park 3

Saturday Morning In The Park 3

The third shot shows the end of South Lake, where there is a large park hosting tennis courts, picnic pavilions, playground equipment and a boat ramp for very small boats.

Saturday Morning In The Park 4

Saturday Morning In The Park 4

The fourth shot shows the sidewalk as it winds its way through the picnic pavilions.

Saturday Morning In The Park 5

Saturday Morning In The Park 5

The fifth shot takes us back over to North Lake, where there is a clubhouse hosting a swimming pool and water features that help beat the heat for all ages from young kids up to….well, let’s just say people my age and older.

Saturday Morning In The Park 6

Saturday Morning In The Park 6

The last shot is the dock, which sits close to the clubhouse. From here you can get kayaks, paddle-boards and small sailboats to go out on the water.

Our heat hasn’t gotten too intense yet, so as the day progressed, so did the activity around the lakes. As a side note, I mentioned the lampposts that go along the sidewalk around both lakes…summer nights are a great time to also take the walk as it is well lit, the temperature is more tolerable and the lights reflecting off the water …beautiful. I feel another photo shoot opportunity! Thoughts?

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35 thoughts on “Saturday Morning In The Park – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

  1. teagan geneviene

    What a beautiful community. (Somehow it got into my head that you were based in San Diego. I’ve probably made a couple of stupid comments. LOL) Wonderful about the recycled water. The place looks at once happy and calming. Great post. Hugs! 😀

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Here’s the good news for you…..you’re not crazy, you had it right!!! We lived in San Diego for 24 Years and have only been here just over a year!!!

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      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        We had to adjust to using AC all the time in the summer…we were coastal in San Diego so never had to! Our threes girls are scattered…one here….one in LA…..one in Seattle….real estate is so much cheaper here than San Diego and keeps us close to one of the three, yet is still an easy drive to LA and easy flight up to Seattle. Thanks again….really do love your writing….I studied writing in college so I have an appreciation for it!

  2. Nancy

    I would go there in a heartbeat! The Estrella Mountains in the background make it for a lovely view as well. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Angie….I appreciate your feedback! I have to be honest….I was personally moved by the beauty I was seeing….made me appreciate where I live!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I wonder why? There’s a few blogs I religiously follow and some of them never show in the reader….I can’t figure it out ??😕 thank you very much for stopping by!!

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      1. lauramacky

        I know that a post can’t have more than 15 tags and categories otherwise it won’t show in the reader but I counted yours and it’s less than that so you should be good! And I’m here a lot so it’s hard for me to imagine that I missed all your posts. Strange!

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