Today was manageable!

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The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another.The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

~Henry Van Dyke

Here in northeast Ohio we have passed the first day of spring and are anxiously awaiting the first spring day. With ice still covering much of Lake Erie and only a few crocuses brave enough to lift their heads through the dead leaves in the garden, spring still seems a long way off. Someone summed it up by saying that temperatures are slowly moving from miserable to manageable. Today, with some sunshine and blue skies, but a stiff breeze, was manageable!

For the record
  • Today’s high temperature was 51 degrees with partly cloudy skies.
  • Exercise: 5558 steps in 1:43:57
  • Nothing to brag about on either front, but it’s a start.
  • I took today’s picture from the pedestrian bridge in Chagrin River Park, about a mile south of Lake Erie.

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

Stepping out in Holden Arboretum

2014_11_11_Holden & Lake Erie Bluffs_002 One of my favorite places to walk with my camera is Holden Arboretum. The picture above was taken in the Butterfly Garden last November, after they had bedded everything down for the coming winter. Today I returned to the Arboretum for a short walk…probably no more than a mile, but it felt like I imagine a bird might feel when it is released from captivity….liberated! Here is a small gallery of my images from today’s walk in the Arboretum. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)

For the record:
  • Weather: Mostly cloudy, 44 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Exercise: Thirty minutes and one mile at the most…not counting time out for conversation with three dogs and their people

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

For the past three months (January through March) something huge has been missing in my life…something spelled e-x-e-r-c-i-s-e. My approach to exercise for many years has been to pick up my camera and head out the door to one of our great local parks. For years I have walked week in and week out straight through the winter, but this winter did me in. With single digit temperatures and more than enough snow, the trails became treacherous. Simply put, my daily walks didn’t happen. It’s almost April, and I can’t wait for the first warm day. Unfortunately, today wasn’t it. When the sun rose, the thermometer read 18 degrees (Fahrenheit), and it didn’t go much above that all day. Maybe tomorrow? I’m hoping! How about you?

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Skip aka Carolyn

Sharing is NOT an option!

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The red-bellied woodpecker thought she had the post to herself until company showed up. If sharing is NOT an option, what will happen next?

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip


Sometimes on a Friday, I set out to find a new face to add to my collection of Friday Faces. My only requirement is that the face (or faces) be someone I have never met. It’s a wonderful way to make new friends!

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Jessie & Joe

Avian Antics

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When I’m out and about with my camera in the park, something I watch for is interaction among the critters. On this chilly winter morning, three birds showed up on the same fence rail …all at the same time. Were they happy to share their prime spot? Take a look, and you decide.


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Sometimes, when I pause to take a picture, I’m lucky enough to catch a potential confrontation. These two nuthatches arrived at the tree stump almost at the same time. It doesn’t look like either one had sharing on his mind. The one on the right seemed to have the advantage this time. The best pictures, those I like to take home, are the ones that show some interaction…animal to animal, animal to person…any kind of interaction is interesting. Below is a perfect example:

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I was standing beside the trail when several deer walked out of the woods. They must have been hungry because they walked toward me and one came so close that I could have reached out and touched her. I waved her away, kindly explaining that I didn’t have any food to give her. Then I turned my back and walked a little distance down the trail. When I sensed something behind me, I looked back and there she was right behind me. I’m pretty certain she must have known there was some bird seed in my pocket, but I didn’t plan to give it to her and get into trouble with the park rangers. So I waved her away again. Just then a couple, carrying a plastic bag of cut up apples, appeared from down the trail, so she was happy, and I was off the hook!

Thanks for stopping by.

See you down the trail another day.

Skip aka Carolyn

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