Ducks on Dock

Though Sarah Kendall Gow has lived in Plymouth for just more than a year, it didn’t take her long to appreciate all the community has to offer, such as French Regional Park, where she snapped this photo.

“There are so many things I love about Plymouth,” the Duluth native says. “First and foremost, I love the abundant walking paths and trails. It’s a place where I can be close to nature, but have [access to] the fast-paced city life only 15 minutes away.” She’s not the only one who enjoys the area: “My dog is a huge part of my life, and Plymouth offers great dog parks that allow my fur baby to socialize with other dogs and get extra exercise,” she says.

On a warm summer weekend, with a new Nikon Coolpix camera in hand, Gow and her boyfriend were taking a walk with their puppy, Oakley, scouting out picturesque scenery in the woods and along the trails to try out the new camera. “It wasn’t until we took a moment to relax that we noticed the cute little duck family soaking up the sun on the dock,” she says. “It was a perfect moment that we happened to stumble on.”

Photography is a hobby for Gow, who developed a strong interest alongside her brother in high school: “We got really into it when we discovered how to mess with aperture speeds on my dad’s old Minolta.”

The Picture Plymouth photo contest returns this month! Visit between July 31 and August 31 to submit your entries to this year’s contest.