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

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

New Years Day 2020

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On January 1, 2020, I captured a few back yard bird pictures to start off the new decade. Happily, the first bird to pose was an Eastern bluebird,  sitting proudly on top of the nesting box and then flying over for a second photo  opp on the nearby shepherd’s crook.

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Later in the afternoon, before sitting down for our traditional pork chops, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes, we decided to start 2020 with a trail walk in Chagrin River Park. That’s where I captured the rest of our new year’s day pictures. Taking  the trail that led us to the river overlook, we followed it for an easy 2.5 miles until it eventually led us back to the fire pit.

There were quite a few other trail walkers enjoying the chilly afternoon; most of them were walking dogs, but nobody was warming up around the fire. Because it was beginning to die out, Bob picked up a couple of logs and built up the fire before we headed for home. Thanks to the fresh air and exercise, we were ready for our sauerkraut and pork chops.

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Happy New Year friends and fellow trail walkers.
May 2020 be a good year for you!

~Trail Walker

Ugh! Not my favorite weather.

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Autumn turned a corner this morning. From lovely, colorful, walk-in-the-arboretum weather, we suddenly transitioned to overcast, drizzly, sit-in-front-of-the-computer-processing-last week’s-pictures weather. The picture above was taken last week on the trail in Chagrin River Park, just a mile from my front door. Because of the aforementioned weather, I’m taking a pass on my trail walk today, so here are a few more pictures from last week’s walk. Not totally devoid of color, they are definitely on the downhill side of Autumn, headed toward winter.

Nevertheless, I will drag out my winter hat, gloves, boots, and hand warmers so I can  continue taking trail walks.  There will still be some sunny days ahead. For that matter,  I don’t mind walking in the snow, although during winter, sunshine is at a premium this close to Lake Erie, where gray, overcast skies are the norm!  But, whatever the weather, I need the exercise, so I will continue trail walking and capturing pictures!

Hope you stop by soon!

~Trail Walker

 

Oh the indignity!

Mabel wearing plaid hat

I’m a sheepdog…an English sheepdog. An 80 pound girl sheepdog!!! Caring for sheep is a really big responsibility! The sheep have to depend on me. Will anyone think I look dependable and responsible in this hat? Could someone please explain this to my master? I will be eternally grateful! Oh right, I almost forgot…My name is Mabel! You can read more about me in the blog post Trail Walker wrote yesterday.

Color Me Autumn!

Earlier this week, I lifted my eyes from the keyboard and glanced out the window next to my computer. It was already late afternoon on what had started out as a gloomy overcast day. To my delight, outside my window the sun was shining! I immediately went into action. Leaping out of my chair and grabbing my camera, I invited Bob to leave his desk and head to Holden Arboretum with me for an impromptu trail walk.

Two weeks earlier, I had visited the Arboretum, hoping to find the sugar maple tree crowned in glorious autumn color…not an unreasonable expectation in the middle of October. Normally we would have nearly reached peak color here on the south shore of Lake Erie by that time, but that afternoon, to my disappointment, the tree still looked much like it had in mid-summer: beautiful, but almost entirely green.

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Sugar maple on October 16, 2018

Today, with the late afternoon sun shining and puffy white clouds in a beautiful blue sky, I almost held my breath as I hurried down the trail to where I could catch sight of the tree. My expectations weren’t high because the end of October is well past the time for peak color in northeast Ohio, and in a normal year, the maple would have lost most of its color and many of its leaves by the first of November (the day I am writing this post).

Then I rounded the curve in the trail and saw the maple.
My heart burst with joy.
I hadn’t missed its peak color after all!

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Sugar maple on October 29, 2018

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October 29-Another view of the sugar maple

Three more for today from my Color Me Autumn trail walks (Click to enlarge pictures)

Thanks for joining me on the trail today.
I’ll be back soon to share more Autumn joy.

Trail Walker

Finally…a blue-sky morning

When I came downstairs for breakfast this morning, I was amazed to see a beautiful blue sky outside my window. Knowing that a blue sky in the morning can become a dull, overcast sky by noon, I hurried through breakfast and made it to the park with time to spare. First stop was the owl tree to see if Momma Owl was awake.

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The owl tree

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There’s Momma, napping in the top of the tree.

She was, as usual when I come to visit, sound asleep. Maybe she was up all night hunting for breakfast? That’s one theory, but I haven’t actually seen any owlets yet, although another photographer reported a sighting last week. I have a lot to do today, so I didn’t linger at the base of the tree to see if anything would happen. I shot off a few frames and headed back down the trail to see what else I could find.

Nothing much was happening at the split rail fence, so I walked a little farther down the trail toward the river, and bonanza! I encountered a bluebird, and she was happy to pose for the camera.

 

 

We have been hoping that a pair of bluebirds will move into one of our nesting boxes, but so far none of the blue beauties have shown more than a passing interest in either box. Although I am becoming a little discouraged, I haven’t given up hope yet. Spring isn’t even in full bloom. Maybe we need to hire a real estate agent to post ads about the wonderful homes that are available in the neighborhood. Do you think that would work? I wonder how classified ads would work in the birding community? Or would glossy, full page ones look better?

Here are several more pictures taken by the split-rail fence earlier in the week before the rain moved in.

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male cardinal

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redwinged blackbird

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tufted titmouse

 

And finally, before I close down for the afternoon, here’s a red-bellied woodpecker who showed up for this morning’s walk in Chagrin River Park.
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That’s all, folks. I’m running out of blogging time. Thanks for joining me for today’s trail walk. I really appreciate your company and your comments.

See you next week!
Trail Walker

Trail walking again

It’s not that I have forgotten to take pictures lately, but trail walking (and blogging) have taken a back seat to other responsibilities and the mundane routines of daily life…and the weather has not been friendly to photo walking. Temperatures way below freezing and icy trails have kept me closer to home than usual. Consequently, I haven’t had much to post on my photo blog. Today, finally,  the weather was good: cold, crisp, and more or less dry, and I decided to take a walk…as soon as I finished some necessary desk work.

Unfortunately, by the time I finished the work and glanced at the clock, I discovered it was already five pm. Sunset was imminent. “Better hurry,” I told myself, as I grabbed my camera and car keys, and headed to Chagrin River Park to meet Bob. In the little time left before complete dark, I captured a few pictures of the river and, passing by the fire pit, another one of a pair of bike riders warming up by the fire.

 

But finally it was too dark to see where we were walking, so we turned down the trail that led to the car park. That’s when I spotted the moon playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds, and I captured one final photo to take home.

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It had turned out to be a short trail walk, but we did get a little exercise, and I’m happy with the results. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

I hope to have more to show you soon!
Trail Walker

Summer in the Arboretum

Regular walks in the Arboretum, easily my favorite place for trail walking, have been missing from my schedule this summer. Bob has made a great recovery from his heart attack and quadruple bypass. He has continued regular walks in our neighborhood park, as well as the shorter evening walks we take with Gulliver around our street. Now he has begun attending cardiac rehab three times a week. But, until this week, I have had neither time nor energy for long walks. Can’t tell you how great it felt to walk, talk, and “bag lunch” on the patio at Holden overlooking the gardens with my friend Lisa. Here are a few pictures I snapped along the trail.

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Thanks for stopping by today so I could share a little beauty with you. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

See you soon.
Trail Walker

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