Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love". https://creativearts2009-picturefiles.blogspot.com/
Published July 30th 2016
Real and Virtual walking trails overlap
Virtual and real worlds - Photos by Allan and Cecelia
Wynn Vale Dam is a located at the edge of Wynn Vale on Shearwater Place. According to signage on the site, Wynn Vale Dam is built on land originally known as Ëlder Green Farm", established by Mr and Mrs. Dowton in 1840. In the late 1940s, the land was sold to S. Wynn and company, who built the dam to irrigate their vines. It has been transformed into a storm water facility as part of the "Waterproofing Northern Adelaide Project "where the water is cleared of sediments and impurities to provide a habitat for birds and water-insects.The dam is now a medium sized lake, surrounded by a walking trail.
We commenced walking from De Pledge Court, passing the fountain and private horse paddocks, located between Elder Green Court and the dam. My adult son was with us and I was treated to a completely different perspective on this walk. He was using a mobile phone "ap" called "Pokemon Go". Apparently this application overlays the real map of an area with a virtual game map.
Once I knew what to look for, I saw other people walking and entering this virtual world. There was a father escorting his son, both intent on their phones. There were youths walking around in groups as "teams" were available at this place.The landing where we could watch the fountain was a "Gym" where you could train your virtual pet, as well as admire the view!
Aerating fountain acts like the 'bubbler' in a fish tank - Photo by Allan
The path led to a boardwalk over a stretch of water and a stone picnic table just off of Park Lane Drive. The picnic area was populated with ducks who dived into the water as we arrived. Along the path were several "pokestops" or points where you could catch a virtual "ball".
A bike track appears to connect Shearwater Place to Grenfell Road, past the Jubilee Community Centre, and we saw riders arriving from this track. Walking parallel to Shearwater Place, we captured some sort of virtual crab called "Krabby". The virtual crab (most amusing and appropriate for a dam setting) had strong claws and the best attack my friend had ever seen!
The virtual overlay to the real world was amazing and reminded me of science-fiction I used to read, where our world was closely linked to another dimension, full of adventures. It was beginning to rain, so we got back in the car, but it would have been possible to circle the dam several times capturing virtual creatures and powering-up at "pokiestops". I am told "Pokemon Go" is designed to promote exercise.