Remember the ten days of high temperatures I wrote about last week? Yeah, that forecast was wrong. When the smoke from the forest fires blew in the temperatures didn't climb, but we had a couple of days of haze and smoky air so I stayed indoors for most of the time anyway. I did manage to walk outdoors several evenings, and took a morning walk on Friday.
This was taken one evening when the smoke and haze was particularly heavy.On another one of those walks, I encountered two families of geese making their way to the grass to feed. While the youngsters are nearly the same size as the adults now, the parents are still very protective of them. Hiss!
Thursday was a scorcher again, reaching 33C (91F). I had gone out after dinner to read on the patio and while I was out there the sky clouded over and it got very dark very quickly. I'd only been indoors for five or ten minutes before the first storm hit. We had a downpour of rain and the wind picked up as the lightning and thunder rolled over us. It was over in just a few minutes. My son checked the radar and it appeared we wouldn't be getting anymore but again, the prognosticators were wrong. Less than a half hour later, another storm came through, with winds up to 100 kph (60 mph) and lots of rain. At one point it appeared to be raining sideways! All told we had between 1/4 to 3/4's of an inch of rain (6 to 19 mm.) depending on the area of the city. I'm pretty sure we had a higher amount as there puddles in the back yard. Hooray, I won't have to water for a couple of days! Well, except for those darned tomatoes. In containers they inhale the water.
It certainly cooled things down. In just over an hour it went from 32C to 21C (90F to 70F). Overnight it cooled off even more and I woke to just 12C (54F). The storm also took care of the smoke and haze and Friday was a beautiful day, sunny and warm.
I headed out about 10 a.m. for my walk to the creek and pond. Again, I considered driving somewhere else to walk but I wanted to check the water levels.
It may not appear that way to my readers but I can assure you the water level is significantly higher than it was just a few days ago. The city has been out and mowed the grass in the park as well as the one side of the slope down to the creek. There weren't many ducks on the creek, though I was on the side that hadn't been mowed so I couldn't see down to the water very well.
Over at the pond, the geese were up on the grass while the ducks were feeding. The water was rushing into the outflow and the place where the cormorant often perches was completely underwater.
The flowers are blooming all along the path. The blackbirds must nest in the reeds as I'm also spooking them when I take photos nearby.
There are still a few wee ducklings at the pond. There were three with this mama, but the other two wouldn't cooperate to have their photo taken. They were swimming well ahead of their mother and sibling.
Some of the trees did not survive the winter but make interesting patterns with their leafless branches. I believe that is a sparrow in the tree.
The sparrow are the natural prey of these, Merlin falcons. We have six of them in the neighbourhood, the pair and their brood of four. It's not a great shot, they were quite high in the tree in a neighbour's yard so I couldn't walk around to get a better photo. I understand this is the way of nature but I'd really wish they'd move to a different part of the city.
The material I used for these was a remnant I had picked up at the thrift store sometime in the past year. The leaves are felt from the dollar store, as are the ribbon and pipe cleaners. I ran out of the beige ribbon so used the orange on the second pumpkin....it looks a bit odd but since these are just for me I'll live with them. There is also a bat pattern in the envelope and I have a piece of black velvet that I think would be perfect. I know a little boy who will love it!