Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Don't leave home without it

As of late, I have rarely been running without my camera. For some reason, yesterday I forgot to take it with me.

It should come as no surprise that this would be the day I encounter a mama deer with her spotted fawn less than a half mile into my run. They even stopped in an open area to watch me go by!

Later in the run, I ran into yet another deer in a wooded area along the trail. She was sharing a grassy patch with one of my resident bunnies. Both of them also stopped what they were doing to check me out. I started laughing. All that was missing was Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder and it would have been a Disney cartoon come to life.

Remember your camera next time, dummy. :)

But, the camera was with me on Sunday morning. That was my day off from running, so I got up early and headed out to Elm Creek for what ended up being a really nice 2 1/2 hour hike. Lots of good birds, including several common yellowthroats (this has been a fantastic year for them; I have seen more this season that ever before), and I even got scolded by a pair of indigo buntings, obviously getting too close to their nest. Flowers are blooming, butterflies are cruising around, and it truly looks like summer.

Here are a few photos from Sunday:

Mud Lake at the Elm Creek Park Reserve

The sumac is starting to turn a reddish color

Here is the brilliant papa indigo bunting that was upset with me. His camouflage is not very good! :)

Daisies along the edge of the trail

And, once I got home from the park, I made bacon-wrapped meat loaf, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, and asparagus for Sunday's dinner (the leftovers have been making for the best cold meat loaf sandwiches, too!)

Until next time,

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