a thousand words Beyond the Hill

Will DeShazer

It doesn’t seem to matter how cold it is outside or if it’s raining or snowing. Crystal Hubbs makes a trip to Basil Griffin Lake a part of her schedule every week.

Hubbs has been coming here for 13 months and she doesn’t see herself stopping. She comes for the relaxation. Anytime she can get away, the single mom jumps at it. And Basil Griffin Lake is her destination.

“It’s peaceful,” Hubbs said.

What started as feeding a duck without a bill has blossomed into feeding every duck and goose she sees. It’s not uncommon for Hubbs and her family to go through four loaves of bread each visit. Sometimes the ducks will eat out of her hand, but usually she tosses it to them.

The former Western student got to share this experience with her five-month old son, Elijah Dickerson, on Jan. 13th for the first time.

While Hubbs was pregnant she would come out three to four times a week to feed the animals bread.

“I plan on coming out more often,” she said.

Will DeShazer is a junior photojournalism major from Louisville. He can be reached at [email protected]