A Buck for Breakfast

It was time for breakfast, and I was ready for my toast and cocoa, but one glance out the kitchen window told me we had a surprise guest. No need to set an extra place at the table though because this guest was huge, way too large to take a chair at the table…and he was actually standing in the middle of our backyard, staring at me!¬† So instead of inviting him to join us inside, I picked up my camera and quietly opened the door, hoping to capture a few action shots of our unexpected visitor. To my delight, he didn’t dash away as I fully expected he would, so I eased the door closed behind me and stood outside, snapping pictures¬† in the chilly, early morning air.

The big buck wandered from our yard to several other neighbors’ yards, eventually getting out of the reach of my camera lens. By that time, chilled to the bone, I had captured many shots, and was ready to head inside, thinking a mug of hot cocoa would be the perfect way to top off this early morning photo shoot.

I hope you enjoyed meeting the buck who came for breakfast!
See you soon. ~Trail Walker

Bright-eyed birds

After last night’s rainstorm, complete with thunder, lightning, and TV outage, we woke up to a chilly but dry morning and a bevy of bright-eyed little birds flitting around in our backyard buffet. Can you name them all? Take a look:

As you can see at a glance, the downy woodpecker was the dominant bird today, followed by the tufted titmouse, but I was delighted to see a blackcapped chickadee in the bunch. A bluejay flew in briefly, but didn’t pause long enough for a good photo opp. Even if the sky was grey, it was a cheerful, active crowd…a good start to the day!

Thanks for taking a look!
Trail Walker

Introducing another Granddog

Mabel

Two or three weeks ago, I posted a blog about a visit from our granddog Wally who had come for a visit with our grandson Bryan. Wally and Bryan live in Washington DC, and that was his first visit to northeast Ohio. It was fun getting to know him, and I recently posted a blog about his visit. Today’s post is about Mabel, another granddog. Mabel is an English Sheepdog…a very large and energetic sheepdog, as you can see from the pictures.

On the day I took these pictures, she and her family had stopped by for a short visit. Last year when they were moving into their new house, about 45 minutes south of us, Mabel lived with Bob and me for a few months. Being dog lovers, we enjoyed having her around. However, they eventually settled into their new home, and Mabel moved back with them and their other dog Cooper. These days she only comes for a occasional visit, and on one of those visits I took these pictures. A dog, especially one as large and as lively as Mabel, can definitely add more than a little zest to the household.

 

That’s it for Mabel’s visit. Maybe in a future post I will introduce Cooper or one of our other granddogs. We don’t have a resident dog these days, but they are always welcome for a visit. Dogs really do add joy to a home. We have a picture on our wall with the caption, “There’s something about the outside of a dog that is good for the inside of a person!” I believe that is true.

See you again soon!
Trail Walker

 

Autumn on the River Trail

Hands down, Autumn is my favorite season. The colors, the crisp air, and the blue sky…nothing surpasses an Autumn trail walk. In the past week, I’ve walked the trail in Chagrin River Park two or three times, soaking up the Autumn beauty. Here are some pictures I captured recently along the river trail.

I would write more and organize it better, but what they have done to wordpress has totally confused me. Another blogger wrote, “WordPress sucks,” but I just want to know how to get back to the old WP editor. It worked for me, and I was able to be more creative; however, unless I can find my way around the changes they have made, I won’t be satisfied with my blog or with the Word Press platform. Guess I’ll just keep working on it! For now, I simply hope you enjoy the pictures.

See you in a day or two!

Trail Walker

Autumn trailwalking

On a recent Friday afternoon, my friend Lisa and I took a trail walk in Chagrin River Park. Our goal was to walk, talk, take pictures and soak up some Autumn beauty along the trail. It could not have been a more perfect day. Even if we had placed an order in advance, this trail walk would have surpassed our expectations. The hawk, posing on a tree limb 15 feet over our heads, was totally unexpected, as was the much smaller preying mantis perched on the fence rail.

We didn’t plan the walk ahead of time, but even if we had, it would have surpassed our expectations! In short, it was everything we could have hoped for!

See you soon with another post!
Trailwalker

A Boy & His Dog


Wally had a great time playing by (and in) the river with Bryan on his visit to northeast Ohio. Actually, maybe it was Bryan who was having the most fun, although he didn’t have to get in the river to have fun and for Wally, being in the water was the most fun he had all day.


That’s all for today. See you soon!

Trail Walker

Family time

On Sunday, we enjoyed a quintessential Autumn afternoon. It was one of those days you would ask for, if you could place an order for perfect weather. Wally had a ball (literally) playing in the yard. He got all the exercise a young dog needed, after which he still had enough energy to go for a walk in the park.

Bob, Marty, Bryan, and Emmy took off for the park with Wally. Meanwhile Becky, Alison, and I played a rousing game of croquet…well, not really rousing, but it was a lot of fun. I hadn’t played croquet for many years, but it was an interesting, and fun, way to entertain ourselves for an hour or so, until the walkers returned. My croquet swing definitely needs some polishing though. I’ll have to practice, then maybe I’ll do better next time.

That’s it for this post. It was such a beautiful day, I just had to share the pictures to show what a good time we had.

That’s it for today! Can anyone tell me where to get a good tutorial so I can relearn how to post my blog? WordPress has change a lot since the last time I used it! Not sure I like the changes!

Trail Walker aka Skip

Meeting Wally

Our grandson Bryan brought his dog Wally to visit for the weekend. Born in South Carolina, Wally was adopted by Bryan and Natasha about nine months ago, and now lives with them in an apartment in D.C. Since the move, Wally has transitioned to a city dog, and this was his first visit to northeast Ohio to meet our family.

After a little get-acquainted time, we decided to take Wally down to Chagrin River Park for a walk by the river. Today’s blog is mostly action shots of the get-acquainted time as Wally enjoyed playing in the river. He had a wonderful time, and so did we, and, as you can see from the pictures, it is obvious he loves playing in the great outdoors, especially in the water. Hopefully Wally will be back for more visits in the future because I think he enjoyed his first trip to Ohio.

That’s all for today’s blog post, the first I have written in a long time. With a little luck, I will be able to blog more frequently in the weeks ahead, but getting accustomed to the new WordPress editor will probably slow me down a little. I’m crossing my fingers!

Trail Walker

Trail Walking in Holden Arboretum

It had been many weeks since I walked the trails in Holden Arboretum, one of my many regular routines that changed when Covid 19 entered the scene. Finally, last Friday, I decided it had been too long, so I packed up my camera and headed to Holden.

Except to say that Holden didn’t disappoint, I don’t have many words to share. Sometimes pictures are better than words.

 

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…And it felt really good to be back on those trails! That’s it for this blog post. I hope you enjoyed the pictures

See you soon with another post from the trail.
~Trail Walker.

 

My view from the patio

The trees in our backyard provide plenty of shade and shelter…for the birds as well as for me, as I park myself on the patio with my camera. I have spent many hours out there this summer, accompanied by the blue birds, house sparrows, bumble bees (If that’s not the right name for the species of busy, buzzy bee pictured in this blog post, please correct me), and many other birds. Of the many visitors, the house sparrows are probably definitely my least favorite. Although I am struggling, yes, I actually said struggling, to develop a better attitude toward them, I haven’t made much progress. There are far too many house sparrows, and although I appreciate most birds, I’ve yet to discover the charm of the house sparrows. They tend to take over the nesting boxes, and my antipathy toward them goes back a couple of years when I discovered that they had destroyed the bluebird eggs I was hoping would hatch and provide some juvenile bird entertainment. The only positive thing I will say about house sparrows is that they pose nicely for pictures!

 

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House sparrow on the birdbath.

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House sparrow perched on top of the bluebird nesting box.

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Bluebirds prefer the tops of trees, making it hard to take a portrait!

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This house sparrow picked a picturesque perch at least.

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Bees like tasty nectar.

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This bluebird picture looks like Autumn, but it was actually taken in July.

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Based on its beak, I think this is a very young sparrow.

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Two more bluebirds, a female and a male….

20200725-_DSC2972And finally, to end this post, some birdbath entertainment by the American robin!

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. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

See you soon!
Trailwalker, aka Backyard Birder.

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