The west branch of the DuPage River runs through downtown Naperville, Illinois and next to it is a beautiful 1.75 miles of paths, fountains, bridges, statues, and more.  It’s the perfect place to stroll on a sunny spring day or to sit on a bench relaxing on your day off.  Take a walk with me.  It’s more fun with a friend.

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Where do you want to live?  On Easy Street?  “Annie” knew about it and if you live in Carefree, Arizona, you might be able to live there or at least have a business there.  From our parked car, we walked down Easy Street to the Wine and Art Walk.

The phrase “on Easy Street” means: Having an easy living; in comfortable circumstances; prosperous; riding on the gravy train.

American slang from the close of the nineteenth century.

The earliest record of this imaginary street in the Dictionary of American English takes it to George V. Hobart’s It’s Up to You (1902), in which the author tells of a young man “who could walk up and down Easy Street.”   ~Super Beefy

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One Word Sunday, like Six-Word Saturday, is hosted by Debbie at Travel With Intent.  Feel free to join us.

It’s time to pair six words for Saturday with a photo.  A few weeks ago I had only my iPhone when I spotted the first egret of the season.  It was very shy and even though I was at quite a distance, as soon as I stopped, it took off.  Needless to say, the resulting photo was less than stellar.  But I played around with some editing and came up with something I thought was fun and looked like the same egret during four various season.  I could have called it “Making the best of a bad shot”, but that’s seven words and Type-A people like me always try to follow the rules.   🙂

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Just over a week ago, I headed to the park hunting wildflowers.  The flowers of just a few days earlier were gone, probably not helped by all the rain.  Pale was no longer in vogue.  Now it was time for deeper, richer colors, although it seems impossible to take photos that show the sweep of the wildflowers.  They tend to be shy, hiding amongst the green, and often in the shade.  But I did my best.

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First Baptist Church in Pasadena, California has been around sine 1903.  Its beauty drew me in, but the doors to the church were locked.  After ringing the bell and explaining to the secretary my desire to see the inside, she not only let me in, but told me all about the church.  There were a few lovely doors to be seen as well, although the bright California sun sometimes made it difficult to get a good shot.

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Today’s theme is “Liquid.”  We’ve been getting lots of that recently in the form of rain, rain, and more rain, although this shot of a flooded parking lot was taken some years ago.  I know some of you have seen it and a few have written a 100-word story about it when it was a prompt for Friday Fictioneers.  But it’s still one of my favorite photos and, I think, just right for today’s challenge.

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In contrast, I offer a macro photo which has been the most popular post on my site in all these years and one I love as well.  Enjoy!

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Day 2 of quotes.  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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