Last August, I had to travel to one of the farther buildings at my college campus to deliver a batch of keys that had been returned by a retiring faculty member. It was hot, and I was annoyed at having to walk all the way over there on what seemed like a pretty mindless mission. Then I walked by the pond. This little body of water is tucked away at the back of the campus between parking lots, and its main purpose is to manage water runoff when there are large rains or snow melts. On that day, though, it was just beautiful. I stopped to take a picture of this unexpected gem that’s been outside my window for decades but never appreciated before.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: The Road Taken