Enjoying Spring

There may still be little mounds of snow ~ but only in places where it was piled to clear out parking lots.  The rest is GONE!  Woot!  We’ve been hitting temps in the double-digits – positive double digits.  It’s amazing to see the difference in attitudes.  Oh, I almost always get a “bonjour” in return to my “bonjour” but now it is almost always accompanied by a big smile.  And even though we don’t want to talk about the weather, it had been such a painfully cold and miserable winter that we cannot help but rejoice that spring has finally sprung!

In two different walks, Zeke and I came upon a few flowers making their appearance…

There were spaces to run around

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Oh?  There is water under my feet?  Really?

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We then went to our river, the hidden part, and enjoyed the shadows and played “Hide and Seek”

What?  I look wet?  I don’t understand!

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You can’t see me, can you?

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I’m just having a drink of water!

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If I run around, crazy-like, I’ll dry off!

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See?  Not that bad, right?

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Spring is to be enjoyed…even if it means extra vacuuming for me!

 

Murphy’s Law

Ya know?  I’m a tad frustrated today!  I always take my camera with me when I go for my daily Zeke walk.  As I don’t want to carry a camera bag, I have to make the decision which lens to bring.  I thought of bringing my zoom then I put it back, hesitated again and finally left with my standard 18-55 mm lens.

Mistake.

(I’ve been on a double mission lately… make that triple.  Get outside and get fresh air, while walking the dog, take great pictures to become the next Ansel Adams (OK, no, not really but I AM trying to improve my photography!) and get my 10,000 steps in.  That last one is hard as I was absolutely convinced my walks covered at least that many…. Hmph!  Nope.  I have discovered the “Walking Mate” app on my phone and have started using it.  My walks average about 8500 steps (about 6.5 km).  Dammit!  Of course if I carried my phone with my while I go up and down the stairs at home, walking around doing whatever it is that I do all day, I may get close to it but I don’t really want my phone attached to my hip.)

Soooo…. yesterday, we walked over to the other side, called de Normandie Park and we were surrounded by the beautiful chirps and songs of various birds.  It was fantastic!  Did I have a zoom lens to capture these beauties up close? No!  Though I did manage to capture this one.

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So today, I decided that for sure it was going to be zoom lens all the way!  Great!

Not.

No birds could be found anywhere!  Seriously! What is UP with that?  I could hear them but they were hiding… I would have thought there’d be as many birds in deBrouages Park as in deNormandie.  Apparently not.

I did manage to capture these ones…

After that, not a bird could be seen!  Oh well, go with the flow, they say!

I ended up focusing on the water flowing in “my” river.  Hard to believe I walked all along this same river just last month!

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I tried to get up close and personal with the flow!

And then thought about how I can’t wait to not have to wear boots and a heavy coat and all the other winter paraphernalia and just sit to enjoy the sounds of the woods.

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Mr. Zeke, on the other hand, is just happy!  He doesn’t give a rat’s behind how cold it is!  He likes to lie in the snow and much prefers winter of the sweltering heat of summer…

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