Seen Along the Trail

Photos taken on my daily walks

Posts from the ‘frogs and toads’ category

A visit to the dentist aka arboretum

When I set off this morning, my destination was the dentist’s office for my semi-annual checkup; however, as my dentist’s office is over halfway to the arboretum, I thought to myself, “Why not?” As in why not go to the arboretum after the teeth-cleaning routine is over and done? So that is what I did, and, HOORAY!, the cloud-cover dispersed, turning an overcast morning into a beautiful day.

My first stop was the butterfly garden, just in case a few monarchs or other species had postponed their migration. Unfortunately, there were no butterflies, but I still enjoyed a delightful bimble through the garden. I ended my visit with a stop at Lotus Pond where a frog favored me with a photo opp, an unusual occurrence, because frogs usually plop into the pond before I can press the shutter button. This frog sat still as a statue, almost as if he wanted to have his portrait taken, while I tiptoed around him, searching for the best angle to snap his picture.

Most of the pictures I took today were flowers. With autumn advancing faster than I want it to, there will soon be no flowers left to photograph. I’m thinking I will soon have to plan a trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Meanwhile, I’ll make the most of the autumn’s beautiful colors, one of the very best reasons for living in northeast Ohio.

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Carolyn aka Skip

Blimbling

I learned a new word this week that was used by several blippers on my Blipfoto website. Bimbling refers to a style of walking. Think saunter or stroll for example. It is a perfect description of what I do when I set out for a photo walk in the park. Bimbling comes naturally to me. Yesterday I bimbled in North Chagrin Reservation, which is where I captured most of these pictures. Today I went walking, not bimbling, in my neighborhood and blipped the pictures of the young fawn and the turkey. Today’s walk was not a bimble, according to the definition I read here, because I had a specific purpose for my walk, which was to walk for at least 45 minutes and get some exercise and a few pictures that make me happy. But bimble or not, I enjoyed both walks and came home with some keepers. I hope you enjoy them too. I’m particularly happy with the photo of the killdeer. It’s definitely not the best of the lot, but those little birds are very shy, and I feel lucky to get a decent picture of this one. It’s another of the birds on my spring-summer birding list that I can now check off. Wahoo! Remember, you can click on any one of the pictures to bring up the larger version.

FYI The above link to the definition of bimble will take you to the Blipfoto journal of a cyclist/photographer from England. His journal is filled with wonderful landscapes. If you have time, browse in it for a while.

That’s it for today from the south shore of Lake Erie.
See you again soon.

Carolyn aka Skip

Nature walk

I took a little nature walk with my friend Marti after supper. and our timing was great for getting some good light and several critters in North Chagrin Reservation. Walking across the boardwalk through the marsh, we stopped when someone said, “Did you see that frog?” And there it was, sitting on a lily pad.

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We also saw a lazy little gosling sitting beside the marsh while Mama, Papa, and the siblings took an evening swim.

We searched for a heron that we heard was standing close to the shore…”Closer than we’ve seen it in a while,” according to two walkers, but it had vanished. Camera shy, maybe. The last animal we saw was a snake. We would have missed it without the help of a little girl who first asked us where it was, then discovered it herself and called us over to see it. It was pretty big, but hopefully harmless. A black rat snake maybe? It was happily napping and didn’t pay any attention to the excitement it was causing among the walkers.

That’s all the animals that posed for photo opps on this evening’s walk. I did photograph a wildflower, a definite contrast to the snake and frog, but we never saw the heron!

That’s it for tonight from the north coast of Ohio. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Carolyn aka Skip