Thoreau Book of Days: Travels at home

August 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"Balboa Park", "San Diego", "alcazar garden", flowers, fountain, photoimpressionismThe fleeting momentPhotoimpressionism, San Diego, Balboa Park

A man must generally get away some hundreds or thousands of miles from home before he can be said to begin his travels. Why not begin his travels at home? Would he have to go far or look very closely to discover novelties ? ... I do not know that I am very fond of novelty.  I wish to get a clearer notion of what I have already some inkling. (Journal of Henry David Thoreau, August 6, 1851)

San Diego's Balboa Park - it's one of those places that lends itself to Thoreau's 'travels at home.'  Every visit reveals a hidden corner, or a fleeting moment - a small raft of flowers floating in a fountain, briefly creating a composition offset by the blue tiles before drifting away.  I added a bit of impressionistic 'glow' and texture, to highlight the ripples in the water.


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