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Walking the Walk

Monday, April 08, 2013

Over spring break I was able to get back into the swing of things in terms of fitness. It started out cold, but warmed up nicely by the end of break. I got in several hikes, which includes today when I, now back at work, took my students for a spring wildflower walk

My fitbit reports my progress for this week:

101,818 steps taken 145% of goal of 70,000

188 floors climbed 269% of goal of 70

41.83 miles traveled 120% of goal of 35.00

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I am happy with that.

We met a couple of little wildlife today; this beauty



and this beauty:



The wildflowers are a bit on the late side this year, but there were a few newer blossoms out. Today's count included:



Bloodroot, which has just made its debut. I didn't seen any bloodroot blooms several days ago.



The Virginia Bluebells are just now starting to bud.





The Snow Trillium has gotten more plentiful in the last couple of days,





but the Toad Trillium has yet to bloom. It will have a small red flower on it when it opens. The bloom next to it is a Hepatica.

And speaking of Hepatica, it is one of my favorite spring wildflowers because it comes in so many hues.
















And the Dutchman's Breeches have opened!






I love spring!

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GOLIGHTLY344 5/5/2013 12:30AM

    Last week on Friday a blue tailed skink, native to Australia came into our house and hid under the fridge! On Saturday morning it came out and headed toward the back door. We opened the door and it scooted through to outside! I looked it up on the web and it said they are sold as pets.

The best thing is we didn't frighten it, so it didn't shed his tail!

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SUSANNAH31 4/23/2013 5:24PM

    Beautiful photos! Just a little peek at springtime.


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CAROLIAN 4/10/2013 4:30PM

    Great pics i saw frogspawn on teeside today it is late this year

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SHIRAZSOLLY 4/10/2013 2:33PM

    i saw a bunch of alligator lizards yesterday! They are really common here, much more common than the blue-tailed skink that really makes my day. But I have a fondness for the gators, though because my mother actually BOUGHT me one as a pet when I lived in Virginia. Here, I walk out my front door and almost have to be careful where I walk once the weather gets warm enough.

If someone or something grabs their tail, it breaks off, which is a bit freaky the first time you see it because the tail will keep writhing and it looks bloody.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/10/2013 5:09AM

    Love it.
We had a few flowers by Sunday with temps hovering in the low 50's for a week and mostly cloudy. 2 days of heat and sunshine and everything exploded over night.

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MARY1313 4/9/2013 3:26PM

    I'm with Cookie about the snake ACK!!! I would shoot it! (not really, I'd be too busy running)

Thanks for the pics!!!

Mary

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0309COOKIE 4/9/2013 2:02PM

    I think I'd about die if I saw that snake, lol.

The wildflowers are beautiful.

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JLITT62 4/9/2013 7:50AM

    You take such lovely photos.

Spring still hasn't quite sprung here . . . but at least the bulbs are starting to come up.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/9/2013 4:17AM

    You are rocking your fitbit, Pudle. Those flowers are so beautiful. What a gorgeous snake!

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ROCKMAN6797 4/9/2013 3:01AM

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FLAMENM 4/8/2013 11:36PM

    Oh my. Thank goodness our snakes aren't out yet.

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/8/2013 9:59PM

    That's awesome! And great pics! :-)

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PINETREEGIRL 4/8/2013 9:26PM

    Ah, I have such a weak spot for amphibians...so cute! Glad you are sharing spring visions...it's nice to shed the cold.
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