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?


6 Responses to “A nice walk in the woods”

  1. jayne 23 June, 2008 at 3:00 am #

    Awww… raven beebies!! Only for you Liza! :c)

  2. robin andrea 23 June, 2008 at 7:45 am #

    Your camera picks up the sounds very well. I tried that the other day, to record a Bewick’s Wren singing, but it wasn’t nearly as clear.

    More walks when Greg gets home, and you made the right choice not leaving the kids alone. Good mom!

  3. Pam 23 June, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    Awww, raven babies just for you!! I can’t wait for your photos from your walks. I wouldn’t leave kids at home alone, either!

  4. Laura 23 June, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    Baby ravens… jeesh. How nice for you.


    BTW, are you hosting the next IATB? I think so and want to send a link, but can’t find your email addy. Can you email me at lc-hardy@comcast,net please?

    Thanks, Liza!

  5. Eileen 26 June, 2008 at 6:14 am #

    It’s true, cameras and exercise are not compatible. I went for, what was supposed to be, a short walk yesterday. The distance may have been short but the time was not! So many amazing things to see. Personally I think dawdling is good … maybe doesn’t exercise the body as much as the senses but on the other hand, one gets a bit of both plus fresh air and sunshine.


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