Yesterday, I revisited Echo Lake Park in Springfield, NJ. My first visit to Echo Lake was about five years ago. It was a beautiful spring day and a great day for a long run. The colors of the foliage were a vibrant green and the air was fresh and crisp. Yesterday’s visit was quite different. There was a wintry chill in the air and most of the trees were bare except for the evergreens and few other trees. Nonetheless, it was still beautiful.
During my visit, I met a wonderful man named Hank. Our conversation began when he noticed me taking photos of the lake. He commented on the beauty of the park and how lovely a day it was. At that moment, I somehow became gravitated to learn more about him. I paused from taking photos and began an interesting conversation with a complete stranger. We talked about photography, the park and how he began volunteering when he retired. In our short 15 minute conversation, I thought of my own life. What have I done to give back? Should I be doing more? I proceeded to ask him about the organizations that were in the local area where I could volunteer. Within seconds, he gave me list of different people to contact. I jotted everything in my phone for later use.
I thought to myself, how amazing is this day! I met a complete stranger and learned so much about his life and shared a bit of mine; just like that! Finally, I asked if I could take his photo and he graciously agreed. So here is Hank!
Here are a few more photos of my visit to Echo Lake Park.
If you would like to see more of my photos from Echo Lake Park, visit my Flickr photostream.
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