Do you ever walk in a park when visiting a foreign city?
Walking in a park is not something that normally comes to mind for me when traveling - unless I happen to be in NYC (which is very rare, sadly). I usually travel with a list of spots that I want to go shoot, and parks don't usually make the list, mostly because I don't think of them.
And I think of lots of things that I want to shoot in any given city (and I spend some time looking them up, plotting them on a map, and planning my route): architecture, churches, landmarks, train stations, street scenes, graffiti, rivers and more. So I should think of parks more often, but I don't. Maybe I'm wired to ignore them. I don't know.
But in Amsterdam I made an exception. My hotel was actually pretty close to Vondelpark, and one afternoon I had a little free time and therefore decided I would walk around over there before heading off to my next canal shot (and boy did I get a LOT of those in Amsterdam!).
I'm really glad that I went there. It's beautiful. I fully expected to walk around for a few minutes and then leave, but instead I wandered and wandered, taking a few pictures along the way. At some point I came across this pond and loved the clouds playing overhead and the gentle curve towards the reflected trees.