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Today is a new day! It is time to get away from the computer, put on those walking shoes, get out, get fit and be creative! How is walking a creative activity? Well, pick up your camera, take it with you and start clicking away! You will be amazed by all the interesting and wonderful things you will discover, on your ordinary walk, around your once familiar neighborhood.

Become a Creatively Fit Teammate!

Creatively Fit is a fitness/photography blog designed to motivate blogger/photographers to get in shape. Each day, participants from across the globe are encouraged to walk, click, and connect with others who are grabbing their walking shoes and their cameras in an effort to stay creative and fit.

The task is simple. Leave a comment on a post, stating that you would like to join, and include your email address. You will receive an invitation to join the team. The assignment:

1. Walk 30-60 minutes each day (3-5 days per week). Work within your fitness level. Set a time limit that you are comfortable with (10, 15, 20 minutes). It's all about having fun and getting moving. Creativity and Fitness are bonuses!!
2. Click - Take photos of your journey.
Everything and anything goes, but we like creativity.
3. Connect - Post your name, state or country, time of walk, and 4 or 5 photos to the Creatively Fit blog.
4. Encourage one another with your comments and posts. Comments help to motivate one another into getting out there and sharing some more!
5. That’s it!

Our goal is to motivate and inspire one another as we unite together on our journey to creative fitness!! We are so glad you stopped by!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sara - California Thursday 9:45 - 11:15 AM

Such a glorious morning!
The perfect day for a walk around Naples....

....Naples, the Long Beach neighborhood, that is.
It's been quite a while since I've gone for a walk here. Anyone interested in seeing more of Naples can click HERE and HERE to go to my two 2008 posts.

To get to Naples, go to Second Street and turn right at Ravenna. Very soon you will be in an enchanted neighborhood!

A neighborhood where brilliant scarlet poinsettia on 12-foot stalks glow like rubies against the stunningly blue winter sky...

...and mermaids and dolphins greet you above turquoise waters...

Where the vast mirrored stretch of water is joined to the crystal dome of the sky by a delicate filagree of land.
Do you see the rowers?
(All these photos are clickable for better viewing.)

And stately pelicans keep watch atop the tallest lamp posts.

In this place of meandering channels and a circular canal you can walk and walk and never lose sight of beauty. If you walk in a certain direction, you will come to this...visions of snow-capped mountains hiding behind the palm trees while pleasure boats gaily await their time to unfurl the sails and head out to sea.

If you are especially observant while you walk you will be treated to little treasures...diamond dewdrops, for instance, hugging the edge of a softly furred and gorgeously green leaf.

You might find the crisp, lacy white ruffles of an ornamental cabbage flecked with green...

...or Mr. Toad, cycling and cycling on his rainbow-colored bike but going absolutely nowhere!

You may also find that you can magically look in two directions at once....behind you to where the channel sweeps out to the sea, and in front of you as you see me lurking there behind the roses?

There is visual poetry to be discovered this paean to with concentric circles of pink and white petals, the circular bronze top of a lantern, a water-filled circular basin cradling a collection of beautiful glass disks, a small bronze globe....

So....while observing all this roundness and walking around the circular canal this morning I stepped right along, one foot after the other, for four and one-fourth miles. And in the process I hope to have lost a tiny bit of the excessive roundness of my own person...that's the goal. That and a healthier heart and lowered blood pressure.

So...thank you for coming along with me!


diane said...

That's a long walk hope you lost some Christmas gain.

Hayley @ When I Grow UP said...

Sara, So pretty. Briefly, I thought you were in Naples, Florida...that is untilt he snow-capped mountains appeared! What a beautiful walk you enjoyed. I am delighted you are walking and posting with us. Have a wonderful day!


Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

What beautiful surrounding you live in. I'm going to really enjoy walking with you:)
Love the pelican on the street light.
I've added your blog to our teammates blog list!

Evelyn Howard said...

I like this walk :) thanks Sara

Paula said...

I really love, love this pics. You live in a gorgeous area. Thanks for taking me along.