Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Yesterday was a beautiful day.  The sun shone after a night of rain.  But...I had a meeting in the morning. 
Once home, it's so tempting to just stay there and read a book.  But the sun still shone!

We decided on a walk through the woods to the beach.  We pass through an off-leash dog walk area and a beach where only the dogs swim.  Not sure if this is a  pre- or post-swim meeting.

In the woods, we find signs that spring is returning.  Here are some huckleberry buds to prove it.

On to the duckpond.  The mallards and widgeons all paddle over to see if we have food.  I love to hear the mallards laugh and the widgeons with their squeaky dog-toy sounds.

But here come the ducks which always catch my eye.  I love the goldeneyes. 

Look at the beautiful black/white patterning on their backs.

Along the way, we find a bouquet of white roses leaning on a tree by the water.  The poem attached is 'The Bargain' by Philip Sydney.   I had to do a bit of climbing to get down to read that.  The roses aren't real, I discovered close up.  I'm still trying to puzzle out why the flowers are there. 

And the back view as we leave the beach and the ducks behind. 


Rudee said...

Look at all those scantily clad humans! Though the sun is shining here, it's a deceiving heavenly body. The temperature is a mere 13 degrees F. Not for long though--by Saturday I'll be seeing temps in the 70s, though I will have to fly south to find them.

Ginny said...

I LOVE the goldeneyes!!! I don't think I've ever seen or even known about them! A beach just for dogs?? How funny! I do think I would be afraid of the big dogs in an off leash area. What was the poem about? Perhaps it was in memory of someone who liked to go there, or even died nearby?

Ginny said...

I just enlarged the poem as much as I could. Something about true love and hearts. I think this must be a very sad memorial.

Mimi said...

Love the last photo, Stephanie.
I hope your sun follows over to here, we're having the night of rain as I write!
I think Ginny's right about the flowers, a sad memorial.

April said...

You gotta get out there while the sun shines - here, too. Enjoyed the pictures from your walk. The Goldeneyes have such beautiful plumage and amazing eyes!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I can't believe how nice it is out are in the Spring now aren't you? Which sucks as it's freezing bloody cold on this side of the country!!!

Maybe someone died there and its a memorial of sorts?



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