Western Canal, Tempe, AZ.
One August morning I went out to take photographs of the footbridge over the canal near my house. On the way I walked through Redden Park. In my town, there is a public park next to every elementary school.
Then on to the canal. The greater Phoenix metropolitan area gets its water from mountain reservoirs through a network of canals based on ones that were built by the Hohokam people 2,000 years ago. An amazing engineering feat built without modern technology, the entire community, young and old, scooped up earth with shells and hauled it away in baskets.
The canals are operated by the Salt River Project, part government agency and part utility company. Either SRP or the city maintains recreational paths along the canals, which residents use for jogging and biking.
On the way home through my beautiful neighborhood, I stopped to admire stuff.