Nature, creative people a powerful force
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:14 AM
As evening descends on Willow Park in Spring Valley, the quietness masks a bustle of activity and signs of past activity.
The artist is unknown, but the beauty remains as this elaborate picture drawn by chalk graces the bunker underneath Highway 16 along the city trail that leads into Willow Park. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Sunday evening, after the rain had left the area and sunshine blanketed the park, the park was still quiet, but busy, as people and wildlife took advantage of the clear skies.
A young man with several flying discs practiced disc golf at the stations set up throughout the park.
A family rode their bicycles on the trail, going around the perimeter and back up toward the school.
A couple kids on bicycles checked out Spring Valley Creek, which flows rapidly around the perimeter of the park as rain has increased its volume significantly.
Bunny rabbits scampered about, darting in and out of the tall grass that provided protection.
An elaborate picture drawn by chalk shows a scene with a church and a fiery sky, in a style reminiscent of Van Gogh, on the concrete below the bridge underneath Highway 16, an area that is often muddy or full of graffiti.
Flowers almost shine as the sun lowers to dusk.
Birds, creating the only noise in the air, dart around the long grass, bushes and trees in the park.
The small pond, partially filled with algae, reflects the landscape and evening sky.
The park was once a scrapyard, but the power of nature - and people who choose to create rather than destruct - have transformed the landscape at Willow Park to something anyone can appreciate if they take the time to observe the beauty in front of them.