Morning Walk and Meeting a Stranger

As soon as I began my morning walk around the loop at the park, I saw this man wearing earphones quietly trimming the bushes at the side of the trail. I paused, held my camera up to frame my shot and took a photograph. He looked up. I smiled and introduced myself. His name was Mike and he had been working at the park for 25 years. I asked him about the crows and why they were cawing. He pointed to a tree from a distance.

"See that hawk over there?"

I squinted my eyes but could not make out its shape.

"They're calling on each other to guard their territory. They're trying to prevent the hawk from preying on their nests." he explained.

I nodded a few times then thanked Mike for the information. I took two more pictures of him looking straight at the camera.

"Maybe I can use one of them for my facebook profile." he joked.

I asked for his email address and promised to send him his portraits. He handed me a piece of paper with his information then I went back on the trail.  After I finished my route, I stopped to take a breath by the parking lot near the water. Then a flock of crows flew a few feet away from me, landed on the grass and ate worms. I waited until they were in midflight.  I took a few photographs before driving back home.

A Flock of Crows at Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA / ©Stella Kalaw

A Flock of Crows at Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA / ©Stella Kalaw

Mike trimming the bushes at Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA / ©Stella Kalaw

Mike trimming the bushes at Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA / ©Stella Kalaw