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A nice walk in the woods

23 Jun

I am trying to take a daily walk for exercise.  I have managed to take exactly one daily walk* and I can’t say as I got much exercise.  My first mistake was taking my camera long for the trip.  Oh dear, never a good plan to stop and take pictures along the way when one is trying to get one’s heartrate in the aerobic area.  On the other hand, there is that adrenaline rush when one sees (or hears) something special.

My walk was ruined by the fact that I did, indeed, hear something that lured me off course.  I was walking along the road that goes through the golf course and I heard some kronking.  We have a pair of ravens here so I wasn’t surprised.  But, then I heard some more kronking that sounded different somehow.  Lower, raspier, less polished.  I knew immediately what it was . . . BABY RAVENS!  And, I was off.

Raven family

They were fully fledged but Ravens stay in family units for awhile.  I saw four, I think.  I couldn’t get very close without leaving the path (into the very wet grass) and risking scaring them away.  There was an adult in another tree kronking at this group.  It was really special.

So, then I continued along the cart path until I got to a large manmade pond.  There was the most amazing sound.  Listen:

I knew what it had to be but didn’t expect to see it.  But, I got lucky.

Noisy Frog

Doesn’t he look like he wants a kiss?  Sorry big guy, I already found my Prince Charming!  So, not much exercise but a wonderful day out.

*Oh, why have I only done one walk?  Well, I started walking on Wednesday morning.  But, Greg went out of town on Thursday.  I am not comfortable leaving for 45 minutes on a walk with the kids home alone.  I know that they’d still be planted on the couch in front of TV with their eyes glazed over and drool on their chins when I got back — they might not even notice I was gone — but I just can’t do it.  Greg gets home Monday (I’m writing this on Sunday night) so, I hope I’ll be walking again soon!  Can you hardly wait to see the pictures?