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~A New Experience

Today, I started a four week class on how to play Pickleball! There were seven of us in the class, plus the instructor.

Pickleball, is a mix of tennis, ping-pong, paddleball and badminton and is considered to be the fastest growing sport in the United States, especially among seniors. The instructor stated, “Pickleball is now played in every state.”¬†

You play with large ping-pong paddles and a wiffle ball on a shortened tennis court. Two or four people can play. 

The sport began in 1965 in Washington State and has been a popular sport in the southern states for many years. Just look around any retirement community in Florida or Arizona and you will see Pickleball courts.

The sport has finally reached Loveland, Colorado with weekly games at several of the counties local parks, including several at our local recreation center. Loveland has its own Pickleball Club with 55 members. Who knew!

During our travels south for the winter I have seen many Pickleball Courts and many happy people playing, and seemingly having lots of fun.

This first class was fun and I look forward to learning more about how to play and then getting out there!

Here’s a link to an article about Pickleball in Colorado: ¬†¬† http://www.reporterherald.com/lifestyles/recreation/ci_25182651/pickleball-is-exploding-popularity-across-colorado

Art: ~Chapungu African Sculpture Park

Chapungu Sculpture Park

Chapungu African Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado

Trails at the Chapungu Park wind through twenty-six acres of wetlands and past more than eighty stone sculptures. The sculptures are handmade by Shona sculptors from stone brought from Zimbabwe. The Shona people have lived in southern Africa for thousands of years and the sculptures are meant to represent their traditional African perspective.

Copied from this web-site:  

http://theroaddogblog.com/2013/01/chapungu-african-sculpture-park-in-loveland-colorado/ . 

For additional information, about these sculptures, go to http://www.chapungusculpturepark.com.

A friend and I spent a lovely day strolling in Chapungu African Sculpture Park, soaking up the sun and enjoying these beautiful African sculptures. We only got to see about one-third of the entire park so we must go back.

Here are a few photos from our visit on September 25, 2013.


 Chapungu Sculpture Park

 

"Lovers"
“Lovers”
Dancing to "Yes I Can"
Dancing to “Yes I Can”

Chapungu Sculpture Park

The Lagoon
The Lagoon
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses
Lily Pads
Lily Pads
Grasses
Grasses

Loveland is world famous for its art and currently has two sculpture parks; the other park Benson Sculpture Garden was established in 1985. Everywhere you look, throughout the city, you will see beautiful bronze sculptures.

If you would like to read about Loveland’s Art Community you can visit these web-sites:

http://www.sculptureinthepark.org

http://lovelandart.org

Poetry: ~Dragonfly in Blue~

searching the lagoon

finally a dragonfly

appearance in blue

Blue Dragonfly and Red Flowers
Blue Dragonfly and Red Flowers
Dragonfly in Blue
Dragonfly in Blue

While on a walk with a friend, at Chapungu Sculpture Park, I saw this Dragonfly. I have been searching all summer long for Dragonflies to photograph. I will post more photos from this beautiful sculpture park tomorrow.

Loveland is internationally known for its beautiful art.

Photos taken September 25, 2013.