The best way to describe this week’s Almanac is skimpy. It is embarrassingly slim. The weather was very cold, which normally doesn’t discourage me from trail walking, but my earache from last week persisted, so I just wimped out. True confession. Here are a few deer pictures and one little titmouse from the park.
A friendly doe
A young buck challenged me on the trail, but ran when I steps forward.
Three does in different sizes.
Snowy nose from looking for food in the snow
A very young one
Piebald deer, so named for the patches of color
Late afternoon light
In addition to these trail walk pictures, I snapped a few other desperation shots with my iPhone, so I will post them here too. Three were taken in the park, but the last was taken when I was downtown for jury duty on a nasty cold morning. The river scene looks rather grim and gritty because it was that kind of day, but it also provides an interesting glimpse of the industrial side of Cleveland.
With snow on the ground, they have a hard time finding food.
Deer browsing for food.
The Cuyahoga River that meanders through downtown Cleveland is named for an American Indian word that means crooked river. As it winds through the city, it is an industrial river rather than a scenic one. Some years ago it figured in the title of a book, actually a very interesting book called Crooked River Burning, a fitting title because many years ago the river really did burn. It took the city a very long time to recover from that infamous incident, but it is a very different city these days. Hopefully, after the Republican National Convention meets here next summer, many visitors will go home and spread the word about all the great things there are to see and do here on the banks of the crooked river.
That’s it for this week’s Almanac. Weather permitting, I expect to take more trail walks, and therefore more photos, next week.
Who was it that proclaimed, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” I’m pretty sure they should have said, “If you’re having fun (or not), time still flies!” I am a week late posting this issue of the Almanac. Admittedly I’ve had some fun in the past two weeks, but that isn’t the only reason I’m late. An ear infection plus snowy, cold weather kept me off the trails, so my Almanac for the past two weeks looks a little lean. Mea culpa, friends. I will try to stay on track in the future. but first I’ll have to get back on track, which I will do tomorrow by posting last week’s Almanac. Then I will be caught up. So here are the galleries for January 9-15.
Gallery 1: Our back yard bird (and squirrel) buffet
On a good day, a lot of birds visit the feeders in our back yard. Chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, and other birds live here year round. Here are some that visited this week:
Blue jay (Handsome, but bossy)
They don’t mind sharing.
Not a bird, but a visitor nevertheless!
The squirrel family is pretty large.
Gallery 2: Seen on the trail this week
Because of the weather and my earache, I didn’t go very far afield this week. It was snowy and cold. I didn’t want to spend too much time outside, so I only ventured as far as Chagrin River Park. That’s within walking distance (if I would choose to walk there, which I don’t because I prefer to spend more time in the park instead of on the way to the park).
Heading down the trail
One of many dog walkers I passed on the trail.
Found a peanut!
Well, hello there!
A young piebald deer
Gallery 3: Memorable Moments
The M.M. gallery only includes one picture this week, but it is a special one. Our grandson Bryan and his wife Nikki live in NY City where she is a pediatric resident at one of the hospitals. Bryan, who just graduated from the University of Michigan, was in Toledo, closing out the apartment they have lived in while Nikki was in med school and Bryan was in Ann Arbor. The other day, he packed a few things from the apartment into his car and headed for New York to join Nikki and their dog Maya. We met him for lunch in Streetsboro, and that’s where this picture was snapped. It’s a good memory.
That’s it for this issue of the Almanac. Because I somehow lost a week and got behind on my deadline, I will be posting another issue tomorrow. Then all I have to do is manage to stay on track and keep my promise to post every Monday the Almanac for the previous week.
Wish me luck with that goal! The days sure do fly by fast.
See you soon.