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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Capers in the park

Making days count 51

As forecast, yesterday was a bright sunny day, about 7C. When driving south, I often enjoy looking at the view shown in the following panorama. The freshly fallen snow on the mountain with the blue sky background encouraged me to get out of the car and take a few photos. Often there are horses grazing in the field which add a pastoral touch!

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I drove along a few back roads rather than travel the main highway. When I have the time in good weather, it is a pleasurable way for me to travel. After living in a quiet community, Victoria seems very lively. In comparison, of course, it is, although nothing compared to a larger city such as Vancouver. There were many people out enjoying the day, some walking with dogs, others jogging, families in the park, etc.

Now, get yourself ready for a lovely walk in the park, or if you prefer you can travel this way ~ (check out the sweet little face peering at the top)
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Spring is just beginning to show its colours. Soon there will be daffodils springing up all over the green dappled grass, but yesterday I saw only one! It is still February after all, but I am searching for every little sign of Spring.  I saw one tree in blossom. There were a few clumps of snowdrops, but nothing like the beautiful spread of them here on Juliet's site.

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There were many ducks quacking and splashing, seagulls soaring and squawking and crows cawing and following me around once they saw I had food. The duck near the Mallard in the bottom left section is an American Wigeon.

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Ever since watching the program about crows being able to remember for a loooooong time, I am always especially kind to them ;)

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I brought oatmeal and sunflower seeds, but I must remember next time to bring some peanuts. This guy was playing peek-a-boo, much like Hilary's friend. Check out her priceless photo on her Lookin' up post.
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This is a vertical panorama of the tall, impressively gnarly 'squirrel tree'.  He's up there somewhere!

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And a sure sign of Spring, as a couple had their wedding photos taken on the stone bridge:

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In a comment, Flighty was wondering 'whatever will happen next' in the escapades of Phoebe, Philbert, Elsie-Mae and Dobie. Well, it all seems to have turned out fairly well for everyone. 

Philbert, in particular, is enjoying getting out of his suit and tie and wearing his tropical shorts; Phoebe is being catered to for once on the cruise ship; Elsie-Mae has started to whomp up a mess of vittles for her Imperial painter, and Dobie was doubly delighted to learn that Elsie-Mae's friend also had a pet of the female persuasion. Need I say more?

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And they all lived happily ever after.

8 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lovely walk - your squirrel photos are adorable! Thanks for linking to my snowdrop post!

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  2. What a lovely outing you had Glo!

    I loved the Squirrel photos, they always look so cheeky.

    It looked like a very nice place for the bride and groom to have their photo taken.

    So good to see the signs of Spring, I think I was fooled by all those Snowdrops I saw here recently...it has been cold, wet and miserable ever since!

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  3. I really enjoyed this walk in the park, with all the wonderful wildlife to look at!
    I do like the happy ending for what was a lovely smiley story!
    Flighty xx

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  4. Oh you have some wonderful pics here. I love your little squirrel friend (and thank you for the mention!) and the image of the crows' shadow on the tree. They're such intelligent creatures. Great post.

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  5. Thanks Juliet, it was a lovely walk. Glad you liked my little squirrel ~ He was quite the character! You're more than welcome for the link; your field of snowdrops was amazing!

    Hi ShySongbird ~ It was a lovely time, thanks. I was pleased that the squirrel photos turned out, as he was a frisky little critter, peering here and there very cheekily

    We are in the same boat, weatherwise! Tempting spring like weather and flowers, and then right back into winter! Sorry to hear your weather is miserable, and here's hoping Spring isn't too far around the corner ~ and that winter soon takes a hike!

    Glad you enjoyed the walk, Flighty. There were lots of two legged and four legged varieties of life. I like happy-ever-after endings :)

    Thanks Hilary ~ Now if I'd only remembered to purchase some peanuts when I bought my picnic lunch! Hopefully, however the cheeky little fellow will find the sunflower seeds I put in a gnarly crevice before those wise crows find them. They don't miss a thing! You're very welcome for the mention ~ your squirrel photo was priceless.

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  6. Must be nice to have mountains as part of your everyday viewing. Love the shots of the squirrel.

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  7. Like Flighty, I also enjoyed walking with you, Glo.
    I am lucky enough to have visited your particular part of the world but it was a long, long time ago.

    I love the squirrel but i am also interested to hear more about Crows memories?
    Mo

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  8. Hi John ~ Yes, we are fortunate to live amongst sea, mountains, forests and clear skies, so can't really ask for more :) I was pleased with how the squirrel photos turned out, so thanks :)

    Hi Mo ~ How interesting that you have been in this area! Glad you enjoyed the walk and the squirrels. I'll let you know about the crows when I find a link.

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