Pleasant surprises are, well, surprisingly pleasant. On my run this morning, I decided to head over to what I call the Belt Parkway waterfront, a pedestrian/cyclist path that runs along the Belt Parkway from Caesar's Bay (Bay Parkway) to Owl's Head Pier (Bay Ridge Avenue). I usually run from my home to Caesar's Bay then along the water, pass the brief split of the bike and walker paths, to the first bench, then back. I usually take the footbridge that goes into Bath Beach Park and also the steps that go to Dyker Beach Park, for a little elevation. Tracing my way back and I would have my daily 8 km. Today, just a little past the slope was the turnaround point of the NYCRuns Shore Road 10K. I stopped to watch the race with the race volunteer stationed there. Runners can be so focused on the race and would keep following the road even if there are a bunch of cones on the ground. It's safest to have someone out there to tell them turn around.
I hoped to catch, if any, runners with PPTC gear but there was none. After a while I decided to just photograph people randomly. I pretty much stood in one place, against the railing. When I sync'd the photos to Google+ later, Google automatically detected the same background in the set of photos and made a short animation out of it. Very interesting. I learned that the technology is called Auto Awesome. Animating is just one of its few capabilities. Pano (panorama) and Mix are two other techniques I will explore.
While it's easy to share the above animation to my Google+ audience, it took me a while before I found the way to share it elsewhere. When I clicked on the animation itself, there was no indication that a link could be obtained. The More option only allows downloading the picture or adding it to album. In the end, I discovered that I had to use the actual post in G+ itself, on the upper right corner, to find the pasteable link.