I'm not certain where this week went but the time certainly flew by The first few days were not particularly memorable. A little shopping, housework, yard work, and several walks - one with the camera in hand. Oh, and lots of Olympic games watching. Maybe I do know where the time went. :)
On Friday, I had a visit with a former co-worker who continues to be a good friend. She was coming to the city to spend the weekend with her daughter M, and since M had to work, D came to my house to visit for a few hours before they met up. It was wonderful and strange all at the same time. We've had pretty regular phone calls over the past couple of years, but this was the first face-to-face meeting with a friend in my home for many months. Since we've both been fully vaccinated we decided it was safe to do so, and we even hugged! We talked, we laughed, and shared stories of when we were working, about our grandkids, and life as we've known it since retirement. I cannot explain how much those few hours meant to me. She's invited me to drive up to visit her and I may just decide to do that one day.
Back to the normal, here are a few of the photos from my walk earlier this week.
You likely won't recall but I mentioned sometime ago that there was a family of Hungarian partridges living in the nearby park. This is one of the parents, the little ones were far too speedy for me to capture them with the camera. Sadly, the water level in the creek has dropped again. There were only a few ducks on the creek, and I didn't see the killdeer nor any blackbirds either.
These next two photos make me laugh. There is a path that leads from the creek to a yard where I assume the family are providing feed for the ducks. I spotted this duck trotting along the path heading back to the creek. The grass is a fair height so all I could initially see was the single duck.
But she wasn't alone at all. As they came out of the grass and crossed the path into next portion of grass on the side of the creek, I enjoyed the march of the ducklings.
The city was busy planting more trees in the park. There were three or four news ones already in the ground and the water truck was giving them a good soaking in. I hope they make it through this heat. Two years ago, they planted a number of evergreens, most of which have since died.Over at the pond there were many ducks, several geese and two pelicans. Okay, don't laugh, but my eyesight isn't the best so I wasn't sure what I was looking at. If you've ever wondered what a pelican looked like from the rear...this is it.Speaking of rears, this photo was another that made me laugh. Those little white butts look so darn cute!
This next series of the second pelican illustrate it's feeding technique. It looked to me as it crouched low in the water to be listening for somthing.
When it finds it's prey, it quickly spears the water with that long beak.Then the head came and the bird swallowed what it had captured. I assuming it would be a frog or something similar as there are no fish in the pond that I know of.