I've been walking outdoors every day but haven't had the camera with me since I'm in a hurry to get the walk over and get back home. Generally I get out first thing in the morning before the heat settles in and while it's been cooler it's also been buggy. The grasshoppers are out in force and I've been slapped in the face more than once by one jumping up. I've found them in the back yard as well and as this heat continues I expect they'll make short work of some of my plants.
For a change I'd gone out for a walk on Thursday evening since it was overcast and had cooled down a few degrees. I was about 5-10 minutes from home when there was a sudden rain shower, that soaked me good. It lasted less than 3 minutes but the increase in humidity was immediate. Surprisingly the bugs weren't bad at all. I counted 20 rabbits in the park having their evening meal. They didn't let the rain deter them from the repast.
Friday morning, I headed out after my chat with D and a cup of tea. There were several folks out enjoying a walk as well - great minds think alike. Since I had my camera with me I have a few photos to share.
First up is a lousy shot of Hungarian partridge. I was surprised to see it on its own as they usually are seen in groups. Perhaps this one wandered a little further afield than the others. It wouldn't slow down and pose for me. Funny that!
The killdeer were out on the creek again, and while I could hear two (or more) calling I only saw the one.
Below is a mama duck and her brood. They're getting big!
There are several houses that border the park, and it appears this family feeds the ducks. They've worn a path in the grass from the creek up to the house. I use the path too, to get closer to the creek because the city isn't mowing that area. With the bugs and gopher holes I'm choosing not to walk through the long grass.
There wasn't a whole lot happening at the pond. Most of the geese were resting on the grass along with a few ducks. Several ducks were feeding along the edge and the sole pelican was out feeding as well. I love how it is reflected in the water.
I've decided it is time to get back to the UFO's (unfinished objects). I finally got the ribbons on the baby dresses I made several months ago - D will gift these to her friend who had twins last year in August. I've pulled out Eli's sweater - it only needs the button bands knitted on and buttons added. Then there is the tank top I started crocheting for D....I had to start again as it wasn't fitting properly.
Today promises to be another hot day, with the added bonus of the smoke haze from northern forest fires. It's finally reached us here. There are currently 137 fires burning in the province, and several northern communities have been evacuated due to the threat. My brother R left on Wednesday for a canoe trip with several friends though they weren't going as far north. Since I haven't heard from him, I assume they haven't had to cut the trip short.
The weekend prior he ran 50 miles in the Sinister 7 ultra marathon in the Alberta Rockies. (I think he's nuts!) He's definitely enjoying his vacation. I'll leave you with a photo he sent me.
Have a great week everyone!