A glorious spring morning

Had I ordered today’s weather, the day would have dawned just as it did. It was one of those rare spring mornings when just about everything is perfect. I headed to the park for a short walk, but ended up staying much longer than I meant to. Mondays are great! Most of the weekend warriors return to work. The kids go back to school, and I pretty much have the park to myself. Not entirely, you understand, but enough to leave me with the illusion that the whole place belongs to me and the happy knowledge that retirement is great.

I went in search of a Baltimore oriole and a rose-breasted grosbeak. The orioles were in seclusion, but I spotted a grosbeak…just not close enough to snap a picture. Another day! I was surprised to discover a turtle, smack in the middle of the intersection of two trails. Unfortunately for him, he was headed away from the bog and there was no water in the direction he was going, so after taking his picture, I lifted him from the trail and set him down in the grass much closer to the bog. Then I hung around for a while, and sure enough, he got turned around in the right direction. I didn’t know turtles could move so fast!

It was time to go home, and I hadn’t gotten pictures of many birds, but that’s okay with me. Instead I captured photos of a chipmunk, a turtle, a mama mallard and her little one, an adorable Border terrier, and one bird…the ever-present cardinal that follows me from tree to tree to tree. I never know what I will find in the park, and the anticipation is part of the fun. Enjoy the slide show:

By the time I got home, it was time for lunch, followed by an afternoon of catching up on my blog posts. Last week was so busy, I am way behind. Today I am intent on catching up, which means posting several days worth of photos in one afternoon. Sorry about doing that! I will try to keep on top of things in the future.

Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon.
Carolyn aka Skip

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