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a walk on the wild side

Monday, September 09, 2013

one of the things that brings me pleasure as I go about my day is spending time with the critters in my yard. I have a number of squirrels and blue jays that frequent my front door feeder. nuthatches and chickadees opt for the feeders in the fir trees. every once in a while there are more exotic visitors such as this little owl.
yesterday afternoon I took my walk out of the neighborhood and drove to Elk Island National Park. a nice day for a drive, signs of harvest still underway, sounds of the geese overhead gearing up for migration. the odd leaf starting to turn color. spent about 45 minutes walking along Astotin lake
funny what catches my eye sometimes

I had never noticed the pioneer house before- saw the thatched roof over the treetops so had to investigate

then it was time to leave, but I couldn't resist one last photo

this park has many kilometers of hiking and cross-country ski trails that wind through buffalo grazing land; not the kind of hike I'd want to do on my own- my cousin and 4 of her children got boxed in by 24 of the creatures once and had to call home to have her husband track down the rangers to come rescue them- moral of the story- never go walking without your cell phone. I think I will stick to walking my neighborhood for the rest of the week
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    Loved looking at your photos! I always enjoy seeing the neighborhoods of others. What a great place to walk!
    1646 days ago
    Great way to get exercise and beauty!
    1655 days ago
    But what a beautiful walk you got to take today, huh? Wow! Thanks so much for sharing. Your pictures are beautiful. It's 102 degrees in Kansas City, Missouri today and humid, humid, humid so. . . walking outdoors is about the last thing I want to do. But I sure enjoyed envisioning myself on the walk you took. The views are spectacular! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1655 days ago
    A lovely walk it was, as are your pictures. Love that little owl.
    Blue Jays are so lovely but as all creatures, protective!!! I once saw one land on a cats head and start attacking it!
    Thanks for sharing your photos and day.

    1655 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2013 9:51:19 AM
    Reminds me of that Statefarm Insurance commercial...
    When we went to a family reunion in South Dakota we saw herds of bison, some pronghorn antelope in the distance, prairie dogs, even a badger. I love to see wildlife!
    Thanks for sharing your pix! That IS a charming house! Shel
    1655 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1655 days ago
    It seems like you had a great time!
    Nothing quite like being outdoors, enjoying nature and soaking up some sunshine.
    I hope you have a terrific week!!!
    1655 days ago
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