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"Every song has to end, but there's no reason you can't enjoy the music right up to the final note."This is Romanesco. DW brought it home from the farmers market. From what I gather, it's a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. Very strange looking, but very tasty. ðŸ™‚@KOSHIE1 'Scuse the noisy pic, but it's enlarged beyond where it should be in order to just get a look at the bird. It's the best shot I've been able to come up with as they are uncommon around here. Aside from the tuft and mask, the waxwing is pretty easy to tell from the cardinal, and yes, cardinal males are distinctly more colorful than females.Salamander eggs anyone? Went on a vernal pool hike today. Not very strenuous, but good activity and very interesting.These little Narcissus are only about an inch across. Everything is blooming here in Southern Pa which makes it a pleasure to take the camera for a long walk.There's a branch in the way, but still a good enough shot to identify the Eastern (Rufous) Towhee.Azaleas abloom!Dogwoods in bloom on the Mason Dixon Line...
Here come the maples:Now there are lilacs!The Honey Locust is a thorny proposition!The neighborhood is still blooming! Forty five minute walk.Photo walk cut short today due to raindrops fallin' on my head. Love the color of this tulip:Rediscovered a walking spot. They have several walks from a half to a mile and a half, but also outdoor workout stations like this:Spotted on a walk, tulips along a church wall:
Today's walk... pink snow? ... or where cherry blossoms go when it's over.Spotted a different kind of tulip on today's walk:A tiny mushroom forest spotted on the walk today:Azalea spotted on the walk today:During a hike around the Mont Alto campus of Penn State last week, we spotted this lion lurking about. He roars after the campus clock sounds the hour and it scared the crap out of both of us the first time we heard it.Seen on yesterday's walk. Anybody have an idea what they are? They're about an inch and a half to two inches across.Outdoor walk got rained out today, but here's an Iris from yesterday:
Slow walking today, but quite a few pix. Why they call it a 'Bleeding Heart'.From yesterday's walk because we had rain today. Don't know what this one is?
Kind of stark looking from one of the graveyards we pass through on some of our walksI thought my walk would get rained out today, but I made it almost two miles and it was very comfortable walking at about 50Â°. Here's an Iris all huddled up after the rain:Got my walk in between the rain drops yesterday. The locusts are starting to blossom:
Too windy for flower pix on my walk today, but fortunately caught some wildlife. I interrupted his dinner:
Revisited an old walking trail and it was a great day for it. The 'Dames Rocket' is in full bloom and we spotted a Kingbird which is kind of unusual for this area:We seem to have fewer ducks this year and this was the first clutch of babies I've seen this year. I spotted these on Monday's walk. I count eleven:
Went to the mountains for today's walk. Found these tiny mushrooms in a stump. They're only about 3/4 of an inch in diameter:
Another flower discovered on yesterday's hike. Anenome?
Fifty minute walk today. Saw this on the way:
Didn't get to walk today, but the Gazelle got a workout. Here's a walk pic from a couple of days ago. The variety of Iris we've seen this year is stunning!We've been visiting all the local parks we can think of for walking and many have large open area surrounded by trees which is ideal Robin habitat. This was the first juvenile I spotted this year. Although I took it with a long telephoto, I think I could have walked right up to him as he showed no signs of flying away. I think that flying thing is a little new to him?
Zigzagged through the raindrops on my walk today. Lots of tiny roses in this one:
I was Micky Mouse today on my walk, do you see him? Somebody put a bug in his ear.
Our walk ended at a small car show today:
Toured the yard when we finished our walk and the ants have abandoned the peonies for the milkweed. Now we're waiting for Monarchs.Long walk tonight. Got over an hour in.
White Campion Flower?
Did some greenhouse shopping and walking today. One had it's own pest control system:
The walk was cut short by rain and I had to do most of it on the Gazelle. I did stay out long enough to play with my new macro lens a little bit and I learned that insects are not anxious to pose for you. I think you can tell what this one is. I does keep me watching the milkweed for butterfly eggs, but so far, only ants:
Last evening was beautiful walking weather. Saw this new flower along the way. Anybody know what it is?
A pleasant spot for hiking and a picnic:
Spent extra time on the step glider today to make up for the walk getting rained out. Here's a flower from yesterday that I really liked the color of:
Got a walk in without getting wet last evening. I found this one growing in a new storm water runoff system installed by our municipality. Very pretty but I can't identify it:
Well, photography has forced me to learn a lot and this year is no different. I have noticed the ants running on the peony buds since I was a child and earlier this month I discovered them on buds of the milkweed flower as well. I've also noticed them on the trumpet vine but for whatever reason this is the first I've ever noticed them on the buds? Camera walks are fun and educational in addition to being good exercise:
Found the Bluebird of Happiness on our walk this evening. It's not the sharpest due to long zoom and low light, but thanks to DW's sharp eye I got a shot:
Exercised indoors last night, but did get out in the yard for some pics. From one of the hanging baskets:
Found on a recent walk, they might not be the biggest Hydrangea I ever saw, but they're in the top ten:
The walk got a little sweaty this evening as it was still in the mid-eighties, but we got nearly two miles in. Spotted this odd lily along the way:
It rained pretty heavily from about noon till two today and we thought we would end up exercising indoors. Well, the rain stopped and DW wanted to visit a greenhouse we had heard about but never visited. It was huge. We got our outdoor mile in by just walking around the perimeter twice. They even had an orchid room:
Did our exercise indoors today, but took a walk in the yard. I have a whole new source of pics after our trip to the greenhouse on Saturday.I only did a mike outdoors today and took no pics, but still shooting the backyard. We don't know if this one is a weed or what. We'll see when it blooms:
Another orchid from Saturday's greenhouse trip:
We kept the exercise indoors today due to t-storms and temps, but I still played in the yard a bit. The Pollinator Box is being overrun by Sunflowers and Squash:
The unidentified hairy lily has developed some kind of berries or seeds?
Went to a State Park for our walk this afternoon and found this guy among the wildflowers outside the Ranger Station. We actually saw two about the same size. They must be fairly new to the world as they were only about an inch and a half long. This shot isn't perfect as I had to use manual focus, but I was tickled with it:
From yesterday's hike, I see the Teasel will soon be blooming and the butterflies love them. We only got a one mile walk done, but then spent another two hours wandering around at a car show. Very warm both yesterday and today.Here's a common one from a previous walk that I've know for most of my life... Chicory. My great uncle was a coffee salesman back in the day when there was such a thing and his main brand was Luzianne, which bragged that it contained Chicory.The threat of rain kept us from our photo walk today, but I still played in the yard. The person who answered "Tiger Lily" to that unknown plant last week was correct as it bloomed today:
Didn't spend much time outdoors due to temps in mid-nineties, but I did get a few pics while I was out. We've lived here for over twenty years and have never seen ants in the house, yet every year they're all over the peonies then move to the trumpet vine and now the milkweed. They have a nectar route:I've only been visiting the outdoors for periods and most of my exercise has been confined to the indoors, but I still get my vitamin D and and a few pictures. DW found what I beleive to be a cicada 4th instar nymph exoskeleton. Prehistoric looking: "Tiger Tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:" Tried the onboard flash on a new small camera that arrived Saturday. We just had some storms and I think the temp is finally headed down a little, but it's still quite humid:
Completed my first outdoor walk in a couple weeks and then got rained on. Temps were actually below eighty. Caught this bee having lunch and what I thought was interesting was the shadows on the petal:
Walking was sweaty work today, but got a couple good pics. I liked the sun coming through this Canna leaf:Stayed indoors yesterday as the temp neared ninety and stuck to the Gazelle, stretching, and resistance. This one is from Friday, by any other name:Too hot to hike so I stuck to the backyard again for pictures and to get my vitamin D. This petunia is called Paint Splatter. With the pollen dust and the white dots it kinda looks like a night sky to me:Better weather today, so we got a walk completed outdoors and took a new route where we ran into this bush/tree. I never saw one before (that I can remember) and thought is was stunning. I believe it's a Scarlet Crepe Myrtle, but I could be wrong:
Went to a different park today and got a walk in spite of the heat. Glad I dis as I found this guy waiting to pose for me:
Made it to the yard for a pic or two and some vitamin D, but too hot and too buggy for an outdoor walk. Here's a bug with a full load of pollen:
...and a really colorful flowerStill hot in the valley (90Â°) so I headed for the mountains and found a swarm of butterflies on my hike:
Lake scene from yesterday's hike... the reflected clouds look like ice floating in the lake. No danger of that as it was in the mid-eighties even in the mountains:Spent the day at home and exercised indoors Tuesday, but here's a pic from my trip to the reservoir on Monday. As nearly as I can determine it's a Calico Pennant (Celithemis Elisa) DragonflySeen on this afternoon's walk. (Silver Spotted Skipper?)We found a great new place to walk today and our butts are draggin', but well worth the effort. Many new plants, bugs, and birds. I swear this guy said, "what you lookin' at?":
No pictures on my walk today since it was around the perimeter of a local shopping center, but I did find Jeff Goldblum in my garden when I got home:Petunias in the yard since it's too hot to walk:Had company today so all my walking was on a machine, but I did forget to post a pic of rainbow from Saturday. It was a double one, but the second one was almost gone by the time I got the camera. You can just barely see it coming into the top of the smokestack:
Are your children eating my kale?
Got a walk around the Master Gardener Exhibition area this afternoon and encountered this guy:
Worm delivery?Another from today's walk. Passion Flower:Another one from the Master Gardeners plot:
Went back to the Master Gardener's plot today and checked on the nest box. Turns out there are at least two of them (Sparrows, I think?) I wonder if they'll make it this late in the Summer?
Visited City Park in a nearby town where they have a nice county Fine Arts Museum. We got our walk done in very pleasant surroundings today. I imagine it was no picnic setting these sculptures in the lake. What a beautiful day here on the Mason-Dixon Line!We didn't see as many Monarchs this summer but starting to see both adults and caterpillars on our milkweed now. Saw this lady on my walk today. Very pleasant at 75Â°:Looks like he's been rolling in the pollen:
Stayed indoors on the step glider today since it was pushing ninety again. Here's one from a previous walk. He may not be the prettiest bird, but it must be important one because it's got a band on each leg and struts when it walks. Top of the pecking order?
Here's one from last month that I forgot to put up that I wanted to share:
It was the first day of nice walking weather in a while. About fifteen degrees lower temps and overcast skies and I got close to an hour. As the days grow shorter new flowers grow scarce:
Got nearly an hour of walking in today. Beautiful weather for it. Saw this guy along the way (Muddy Turtle):Got nearly an hour of walking in today. Beautiful weather for it. Saw this guy along the way (Muddy Turtle):Sunflower seeds in the original packaging:@CECELW - You'd love it here then, sunflowers everywhere:My walk took me to a college campus today where I found this fat little fellow getting ready for hibernation:Another shot from my campus walk yesterday. I was tickled with this one because I thought he was moving too fast and that I had missed the shot:Up the crick without a paddle.Got forty minutes of walking in between rain showers. The leaves are coming down:Our walk today was productive for pics, both flora and fauna. Identified this guy pretty fast as a 'Locust Borer' using the Bing visual search (doesn't always work, but it's great when it does).One from yesterday's walk, I think it's called "Fried Egg Plant" or "Gordonia"? Whatever it's name, it's another one the ants like:Stayed near home for my walk today as it was back into the high eighties. Saw this little lady flitting about and and accused her children of eating my cabbage. She ignored me.Visited a historic site for my walk today and found more teasel with added color around it:I took the new camera for a walk today and tricked myself into some 'extra' exercise. Part of it was in escaping this highly trained attack duck. Okay, not really. He was just mooching food:
Hike around the Penn State and Master Gardener's display area again. Still some butterflies and many flowers. Aster?Here's a Bee and Butterfly from Friday's visit to the greenhouse. We got out today, but not much over a mile as it was pretty hot again. Made up for it on the step glider:All my exercise was indoors, but I did get my vitamin D doing some errands. It's mum time:All my exercise was indoors today because the plumbers were here all day. I had do dig up some busy work and decided to do some housekeeping on my picture files. Found this one of some white stuff laying on a dead Queen Anne's Lace from about fifteen years ago in the dark ('cause it was getting dark around 5pm). Coming soon for a neighborhood near you!Stretched the walk to over an hour today while playing with a different lens on my camera. Here's some fall bird food that I imagine will fast disappear so it will soon be time to start feeding them again.No hike today but the Gazelle got an extra workout. The garden is still popping out flowers:
Kept the exercise indoors today as it was 90Â° and sunny. Call this a 'warm' Autumn day:Took our daily hike in a small memorial park with lots of trees. Less about flowers and much more about leaves and seeds today:I get kind of stuck on a theme, but I really liked this one from today. My walk to the Post Office stretched into forty five minutes, so I did a little sweating too.Spotted on today's walk. Seeds of the Evodia or 'Bee Tree', I think.What a beautiful day for walking... 64Â° and sunny. Kept me going almost an hour. I'm still finding flowers to shoot. I didn't have to go far for these, in the backyard:Spotted on yesterday's walk. Changing:
Beautiful walking weather today. Still some balloon flowers blooming:Each day I begin my walk thinking the flowers are about over and yet, they keep popping up:Visited an old church, an Autumn Color Festival, and a car show. I might hit 18k steps! Here's something different. I forgot to look at the window tag, but my guess is a 1947 Diamond T:
Ending a day at the lake, plenty of steps:Back to a different lake today and we got lots of steps. My first eagle pic in the wild that you can tell it's an eagle. Many nice scenic shots. Here's one that shows the colors are changing, but not at peak yet in south central PA:
From Tuesday's walk as Wednesday was rainy. An overlook I've been visiting for decades affords a beautiful view of our side of the Tuscarora Mountain and has as long as I can remember. Some time since I was last there they've done some logging and now I can see the other direction for the first time in all those years:Met on my walk today. It turned into a run!We're having beautiful weather and I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a short walk this afternoon. On the way back into the house I noticed one of our Gerbera Daisies has decided to bloom again:My walk often takes me to a nearby church and every time I walk through this churchyard I expect that all the flower beds will be cleaned out and finally most of them are except for a couple of tiny tea roses. This about an inch in diameter:Stationary bike?
I don't know what kind, but I noticed the leaves on this tree while walking this afternoon. I thought the changing colors mixed with the sun and shadow made an interesting shot:Had a nice walk yesterday. Still finding flowers here and there:Beautiful walk today in near perfect weather, but that will end late Thursday when the cold reaches Pennsylvania. Just short of two miles today and another forty five minutes on the Gazelle. Roses spotted on the walk, they just keep blooming:Ever have one of those days when you just can't get all your ducks in a row? I did manage a forty-five minute walk and forty-five on the Gazelle.From Friday's walk, I think an Eastern Phoebe?Perfect weather for a walk today and I got in over an hour, but no real photo ops so I'll give you a shot of something that can empty a bird feeder in mere hours... the flying pigs:
Finished about a forty-five minute walk and when I passed the feeders on the way into the house I thought I spotted something different, so I went in and waited and sure enough, a Carolina Wren showed up.Since I did all my exercise indoors yesterday (no walk due to pretty heavy rain) I'm posting one I forgot from Monday. This guy was hiding from me. He eventually figured it out:
Daily reflection from our walk:Lazy day for me today. I just barely hit 10k steps. With the leaves gone, you can now see the nasty thorns on the locust trees again:Too cold to walk today, but this guy is from yesterday's walk... AFLAC?Stayed inside today, but here's another from a previous walk. Duck... Duck!Got in a one hour walk this afternoon and on the way out the door, I noticed the sparrows engaged in their favorite pastime, fighting:
Walking weather was perfect today and I stayed out for an hour. Some leaves still cling to life:Finally got a shot of the Great Blue Heron today that I've been chasing for a couple months. I knew he was there, but he always flew into or behind something before I could catch him. It was in the high thirties and windy, but I still got my walk done:All my steps were indoors today thanks to a cold December rain. Still made it over 11k. This from last week since I didn't see anything out the window today. All they do is eat and plot ways to break into my attic or rob the bird feeders:is TestingOur first outdoor walk in over two weeks very felt good (finally a sunny day with temps in the forties). It's been too wet or cold and I was getting cabin fever. I like to get way over 10k steps a day and the outdoor walk makes it easy. We spotted this in our travels so to all those who observe, Happy Hanukkah!
Better weather again today so I got another walk in with well over 11k steps for the day. Spotted this fellow being vane.
Saw Saint Nick in a downtown shop window on our very chilly and short Christmas eve walk. Merry Christmas to all!
Got in a walk today, but did something stupid by leaving my SD card sticking in the computer, so no pics today. We got our steps in and did it a little faster than usual with no dawdling for photos. Here's a perky crest from a couple days ago:No walk today, but still got over 11k steps. Here's a quack from a couple of days ago:Great day for a walk except a little sloppy from the melting snow. Mostly sunny and in the high forties. I made it over two miles and finally got some pics. Here's another 'daily reflection':I liked this one too:My photo hike was cut short by me forgetting my SD card again. I just missed a shot at a Great Blue Heron in flight and that's when I discovered the card was missing. I only got a little over a mile so I went home and finished on the Gazelle. Here's one from the day before. This guy couldn't decide whether to run away from me to toward me. Preservation won over hunger and up the tree he went:Walk lasted over an hour today and I totaled over 17k for steps in total for the day. There still seems to be a scarcity of wildlife, but I caught this guy in a pose. Looks like he's saying, "Okay, so I'm different. I think that means I'm king of the ducks, right?"Got my weekend exercise on a hotel treadmill so I kept up with my step goal. Took this in New York on the way home from Connecticut to PA and I'm glad it wasn't as bad as predicted. It's pretty, but I still don't like it:This is from Friday... they'll probably all be melted by tomorrow as it's supposed to hit 60Â° today. Finally some good walking weather.No walk yesterday due to rain, but we took a short one Tuesday and saw these. I'm betting they'll have to bloom a second time this yearA very short walk today due to cold and wind, but I'm betting these guys from Tuesday got their butts frozen last night or tonight. Hope they bloom again. I still got my steps in using the glider and wandering around the house.We finally got back to the flower patch from last Tuesday after wondering if they would survive 14Â° weather and apparently they fared well. We did pretty well today on our walk as the temps were up in the mid-forties.
We've decided the yellow is Winter Aconite (Eranthis) and Snow Drops (Galanthus) are the white ones?Cold again today so I stayed in the house and just barely got my 10k steps. I got out yesterday and I started out to take a picture of a jet liner overhead and ended up with this. I'm easily distracted:Stayed inside today, but still got my steps in. Not very sharp, but it was through a dirty window. This brave little guy sneaks in when the sparrows take off now and then:Finally got in a nice walk this afternoon. It was nearing sixty degrees. Signs of Sprint!The walk lasted nearly an hour today and I topped 12k for steps. Flowers are really starting to pop:Spring is coming... memories of walks from last Summer:Got in a mile and a half of walking before the rain started yesterday. Let the blooming begin:Walked outside today as it reached 55Â°. Seeing more flowers with each outing:Nice weather today in the high forties and sunny, so I got a good walk completed. I ran into this territorial goose. Notice how he's standing on tip-toes to make himself as big and scary as possible:I may have to get my steps indoors tomorrow as they're calling for rain, but that will bring more flowers and the next three days are to be warmer and sunny. Crocus everywhere here in south central PA:Finished a walk right before the rain this afternoon. Got in 12k steps today. This guy was going through all sorts of contortions in grooming. I don't have time to post all of his wacky poses:Got over an hour in today with walking and near the end of our walk I came upon some ducks (as usual) and a couple days ago I had posted a shot of one behaving oddly by becoming hyper active, grooming and preening for several minutes as if he were showing off. Well, the same thing happened today and we're about convinced it was the same duck and he really got into it today. I'm wondering if it's now me or my camera that sets him off? We've dubbed him Daffy Duck:
Started my walk and about half a mile in realized I had no SD card in the camera, so I went home and got one so I still got some pics. I ended up just shy of 14k steps yesterday. Spring is really starting to spring!
... and another:Didn't get a hike in due to clouds and drizzle, but still managed well over 13k steps with the step glider and shopping trips. Had a different visitor to the suet feeders yesterday:Back pain is giving me a fit, but walking seems to help? Just short of 13k steps today. Many little signs of Spring. Persian Speedwell (Veronica) is a weed/wildflower with a dainty little flower about a quarter inch in diameter:Our walk was shorter yesterday and I just barely hit 10k steps, but it was a beautiful day and we spotted a lot of distractions along the way. Here's a Lenten Rose we found in bloom:
Well, we're listening to the doctors and avoiding public places as much as possible and additionally, it's a lot cooler today, so no outdoor walking. Glad for the Gazelle as I may still hit 10k steps. Didn't have to go far for this shot since our own back yard is finally starting to bloom. Crocus, daffodils and bluebells so far:We're still allowed outside, so we got in a mile and a half plus a lot of other steps... should hit 15k by midnight. Some south central PA cherry blossoms spotted along the way:Just barely made my 10k steps yesterday puttering around the house and a few trips to the Gazelle. This is from Thursday... a lot of things starting to bloom around here:
I got in over an hour outdoor walk and three visits to the Gazelle, but still barely made it over 10k steps because the rest of the day was parked in the potato position. We even watched church on TV and we usually walk there and also no grocery store visits which usually happens on Sunday. Saw a lot of people out walking and quite a few birds either heard or seen. This guy spent the day singing. I think he's happy for Spring:
Didn't leave the house yesterday due to the rain, but still got my 10k steps on the Gazelle and running around the house. This one is from Friday. I took it amidst the hyacinths so you could see how small it is, about an inch across. Miniature daffodils?Got over 12k steps yesterday. Went to the small county park that has a nature trail and also connects to the Penn State Master Gardener's plot. Lots of birds and blooms. This little fellow is the only one that posed for me. We're 90% sure we saw a red-winged blackbird, but not certain:
Did another combination outdoor walk and Gazelle workout today and my lonely little viola volunteer from last year has some new buds to go along with him. Will hopefully hit 10k steps tonight as I'm pretty close. Stay well!
Forgot to put this up Sunday... the Lenten Roses were still in bloom. They must keep going for quite a while. Only got out for short walks today, but got in over 11k steps. We are blessed to have a lot of areas for longish walks where avoiding people is easy, but it looked like rain yesterday.Forgot to put this up Sunday... the Lenten Roses were still in bloom. They must keep going for quite a while. Only got out for short walks today, but got in over 11k steps. We are blessed to have a lot of areas for longish walks where avoiding people is easy, but it looked like rain yesterday.Got over 12k steps today and on one of my short outdoor walks I saw this guy going about business as usual:Got some outdoor walking done again and saw our first tulip of the year. I need another 2k to get to 10k steps, so I should make it:Niteman's first official selfie in history. Stay healthy!:Made it over 13k steps without leaving the back yard today. The last time I was out I saw this big fella. This is a hand held using a 600mm equivalent lens and a 115% crop with a little bit of sharpening. I was pretty happy with it. Stay safe!Didn't make it much past the back gate yesterday, but still got over 12k steps. Our old hanging baskets from last year are sitting around waiting for some attention and in the meantime several are sprouting volunteers like this viola:Walked outdoors for a bit and got over 11k steps total. Here's a Redbud bud. How fitting the Judas tree blooms today....Had to walk between the breezes and the rain drops, but I got in an outdoor walk and over 12k steps yesterday. Saw some new blossoms and got pics despite the tornado watch:It's been chilly, rainy, or both in our area so I haven't been out much. I still made it over 11k steps walking around the house and on the step glider today, so daily goal complete. This on is from Wednesday and I'm anxious to get back and see if these Dogwood blossoms have changed to white or if the tree is a mutation with green blossoms? The trees on either side of it were already normal color. Hope the wind and rain left some for me to see:Finally got to walk outside for a couple of miles today. The tulips are going wild this year:
Love these little tulips (from the 19th). They're only about an inch and a half across in full bloom. Didn't get out today but did manage to get over 10k steps around the house and on the Gazelle.First outdoor walk in five days. Only a mile and a half, but it helped me get over 12k steps. I didn't see much to shoot. Even this guy wouldn't sit still for a portrait:Sheltered in place again today, but still managed over 11k steps with the Gazelle and tours around the perimeter. This on is from Saturday:Got to walk about a mile and a half outdoors yesterday which helped push me over 13k steps for the day. Got a couple pics in my travels. This guy wouldn't show his face completely, but kept peeking over the stem while he worked:Got almost an hour of outdoor walking in this afternoon and should be close to 13k steps by days end. We have some new flowers blooming on our route... lilies of the valley and this Iris:
No outdoor walk on Monday as it was too windy, but I still managed over 11k steps. This shot is from Sunday. I haven't seen one of these sneaky devils for a while. The female Brown Headed Cowbird lays eggs in the nests of other birds to be hatched and raised by the other bird (brood parasite). No Mother's Day for her. I saw one hatched by a sparrow some years ago and watching that sparrow trying to feed her 'baby' that was already way bigger than she was got some good laughs out of us.No outdoor walk on Monday as it was too windy, but I still managed over 11k steps. This shot is from Sunday. I haven't seen one of these sneaky devils for a while. The female Brown Headed Cowbird lays eggs in the nests of other birds to be hatched and raised by the other bird (brood parasite). No Mother's Day for her. I saw one hatched by a sparrow some years ago and watching that sparrow trying to feed her 'baby' that was already way bigger than she was got some good laughs out of us.I'm going up to the Gazelle to try for my 10k steps, but I'll be pushing to get them. A lazy rainy day. This from yesterday's walk I think is "Star of Bethlehem" which seems right as it's all around a local graveyard:I made it over 12k steps yesterday so will be happy with ten or more today, but I need to get started. Probably no outdoor walk today due to chilly windy conditions, but here's a shot from yesterday's walk:
Didn't go far from home today but still managed well over 11k steps. The ants sure do love our Peony buds:No walk yesterday but I got over 13k steps with puttering around the house and riding the Gazelle. I found these on Wednesday's walk along the sidewalk beside a parochial school:Got well over 11k steps yesterday with an outdoor walk in the mix. Lots of birds, flowers, and insects posing for pictures:Between the machine and walking around the house I make it over 12k steps yesterday. Now outdoor walk (looked like rain), so no pics, but here's one I captioned from the day before. There were a couple of his buddies sitting nearby ignoring him and he was in a fix:Between the step glider and puttering around the house I got over 13k today, but not as much fun doing my walking in front of a TV as it is taking pictures on a hike outdoors, so gotta get out! Here's some goslings from last week:If I get my butt up and walk around the house one more time I'll hit 15k steps. Not much outdoor time today but here's a pic from a couple of days ago. I wonder if Tommy James' song, Crimson and Clover came from this flower, Crimson Clover?Made it over 11k steps today and never left the yard. Our ants are still dutifully slurping up the nectar from the peony buds. No flowers yet, but lots of buds. Our irises are about to bloom which, as usual, is about two weeks after everybody else around here. Stay well everyone!Closing in on getting over 10k steps for the day. Here's Iris bud from yesterday and the flower it turned into today. What a difference a day makes:Got over 13k steps which included a trip to the greenhouse. Boy, are plant prices ever up! A shot of a faded Allium blossom from a local garden:Almost 11k steps today. We picked up some new flowers Thursday. I believe this one is an African Daisy?Made it just over 14k steps for Saturday. Our rose bush made it back and is suddenly covered with flowers:Didn't get to walk today but I did get over 11k steps between the machine and walking around the house and yard. Here are some more African Daisies from that yard.I should still hit 10k steps today with the Gazelle and chores to give me a boost, but I never made it out of the yard as the temp hit 90Â° today. Here's a flower pic from our yard:I will just barely hit 12k steps today as we didn't get a photo walk completed, but here is one from yesterday. I think it's Wild Blue Indigo:â€œGratitude turns what we have into enough.â€â€” Aesop
Well, I sheltered in place again today. It wasn't because the governor ordered it, it was because that's what I enjoy doing. I did mange to squeak over 13k steps mixed in with all my relaxing. Here's a shot from the weekend. Beware the Deadly Nightshade!Another day above 10k steps hanging around the house. I got a few shots in the back yard today. Our 'hens & chicks' are blooming:
We got in a mile and a half outdoors today and my step total was over 13k, so it was a pretty good day. I spotted this one in a local garden, but can't ID it. Anybody know, assuming the conversion to the feed shows enough detail?With time on the Gazelle and some yard work I made it to over 13k steps without a walk today. This pic was from Sunday... an oyster plant seed head, I wish I had seen the flower. That's about four inches across:Finally got to walk outside and saw some new flowers. Will be well over 11k steps by day's end:DW works for the state and got a paid day off for Juneteenth, so we had a walk and a picnic today. I just made it over 11k steps for the day. The bugs had to entertain themselves since I was slathered in Deet and they couldn't use me as their pincushion:I might hit 11k steps, but am well over 10, so still okay for a Sunday. I finished an hour on the Gazelle and we got in a short walk outdoors. We're starting to see some butterflies:I stayed home yesterday due to showers and thunderstorms but still make it over 13k steps. Here's a bee I liked from Sunday:Rain showers kept me around the house but still got in well over 12k steps. I liked this Clematis bud about to open on our back fence:I'm closing in on 10k steps and haven't left the house, but I did see these:Made it over 13k steps for Sunday. Played with the camera in the yard. Plenty of pollen here:Over 13k steps today. Dill, anyone?Made it over 10k steps today with only walking in the yard and on the Gazelle. Our dark lilies came back:We had a short hike in the mountains yesterday and a picnic in the park in spite of the heat. I made it over 11k steps. My old butt was pretty well draggin' by the time we got home:Another stay-at-home day, but I made it over 12k steps. Our Hostas are blooming:Made it just over 11k steps yesterday which included a mile or so outdoors. You'll need eye protection for these. Yes, they really are that bright:Made it over 12k steps yesterday. These guys take slow to a new level... I think it's called stationary:Made it over 11k steps, just barely, but made it. Had my usual three calories left over. These are in a hanging basket that was all but dead and has come back nicely:Made it well over 12k steps yesterday. The Zucchini monsters are starting to exit the ground. We'll soon be buried in them! This one's older sibling already found it's way into the Ratatouille pot:
If I don't hit 13k steps tonight, I'll be very close. DW called me out in the yard after we had a little rain earlier to see all the new lilies blooming:Got over 11k steps yesterday. We went for a picnic at a local state park and saw our first Monarch of the year. All butterflies seem scarce around here this year:Had to hustle to get my 10k steps in today, but I made it... but just barely. Here's a garden menace from a couple of days ago:l made it over 11k steps today. We've had some nasty thunderstorms for the last two days. I ran between the drops and got a couple of shots of our lilies in the rain:
I know I made it over 11k steps but since the Garmin server is down, I can't tell by how much. Pretty Coleus on the porch:I made it well over 13k steps yesterday. I had to keep a close eye on my fitness watch because the exact number disappears at days end since the Garmin website fell victim to a ransomware attack a day or two ago. Here's a peaceful road from a couple of weeks ago:I inched over 14k steps yesterday. Our garden has been producing well with promise of more to come:Just made it past 11k steps yesterday by a couple of hundred in spite of a very busy day. We have a female Monarch laying eggs in the backyard and DW can't decide whether to bring them in and raise them or leave them to nature? Here's a bee shot I liked from today: Barely got my 10k steps yesterday and I'm going to have to hustle this evening as well. We made it to the Penn State garden this afternoon on the way to a grocery pickup and got this shot. Shield your eyes, it's bright!Never sit down just short of your goal with the intention of finishing in a minute, then get distracted and miss your 10k steps by 25. All streaks must end. I took a pic of these trumpet flowers because they were a different color than ours and then later discovered that one was occupied:Didn't nod off and forget my step goal for Saturday, so I just made it over 10k by a little. Another different colored lily from Friday's outing:Made it past 11k steps for Sunday. Here are some strange buds from a couple of days ago:Just short of 12k steps. Found this new daisy-like flower popping up in one of DW's backyard pots today and thought it needed captioned:Just short of 12k steps. Found this new
daisy-like flower popping up in one of DW's backyard pots today and thought it needed captioned:Barely made my 10k steps yesterday. I need to get back to my daily outdoor walk. I got this shot a couple of days ago. He looks like a dish brush. This is the Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillar. As you can see by all the sap, they really rip up a milkweed plant. This one is less than an inch long.Made it over 11k steps yesterday. Here's a lake scene from Monday:Just made it to 10k steps yesterday and looks like about the same today. These little guys are called "Midnight Snack"... very tasty:Made it to over 12k steps yesterday. Here's one from the garden last evening:Made it over 10k steps yesterday. Here's one from a hanging basket in the backyard:Made it to the mountains yesterday so I got my 10k steps. Saw many flowers, insects, and frogs. Here's a pretty yellow swallowtail:I just barely squeaked over 10k steps yesterday. The zinnias were in full bloom at a garden we visited Friday. What a show of colors:Got my 10k steps yesterday. This lady stands accused of three counts of vicious murder! We found her gnawing on one of our Monarchs and the wings of two others nearby. She was released from custody after being relocated to the bean patch:Fell asleep on the couch watching Law and Order reruns and just missed 12k steps. That'll teach me. I had a lazy day, but this guy was busy:Got past 10k steps and did some lawn and garden work. This guy is from a couple of days ago. A different angle:Got in just over 11k steps. Here's another butterfly from a couple of weeks ago:I made it past 11k yesterday, but need to get moving today... only four hours left. Here's one from a pot in the yard:Just made it over 11k steps today. I finally got to shoot some new pics. Here's a new little daisy like flower that popped up in one of our planters:Just made it to 10k steps. I kept getting distracted by shiny objects. Here's one from the garden last week:I made it past 11k steps yesterday with a little outdoor time. Here's a shot from the garden that I thought was a pumpkin, but DW says it's a round zucchini:
Just barely made my 10k steps today, but much of it was outdoors for a change, so I was happy with that. Another beautiful day here in our Appalachian valley:I made it past 11k steps yesterday and got in a little outdoor walking today taking sunflower pictures. This pic is titled, "Take Me Home"Did a little outdoor walking again and bumped my total over 11k steps for Sunday. We visited the sunflower fields:My step total was over 11k today and I even took an outdoor walk for the first time in a while. The flowers are getting harder to find. I did discover a few roses in pretty nice shape:
Just barely made it to 10k steps for Thursday, but I did spend some time reading on the porch and taking pics in the yard after a rain shower to get my vitamin D. Looking at the back of the flower:Made it past 10k steps, but just barely. I didn't make it far from home today dealing with car problems. We've only had a few zinnias come up this year... this poor little fella is only about an inch in diameter:Made it over 10k steps for Sunday. (Broke my streak Saturday by falling asleep on the couch and missed by less than 400. We went back to the Sunflower Farm today and I caught this Monarch flitting around:Got past my 10k steps for Monday and pretty much stayed in the yard or on the Gazelle to get there. I thought Monarchs were partial to milkweed, but it sure looks like this guy must have grown up here judging by the way some of the leaves are gnawed on: I made it well over 13k steps today thanks to a nice outdoor walk. Got lots of good pics with plenty of flowers still in bloom, but my favorite is a repeat from one of DW's backyard planters. Seems like they keep blooming, but only one at a time:Was just six steps shy of 13k for Thursday. Got in a nice outdoor walk and spotted my first Buckeye Butterfly of the year:I made it over 10k steps for Friday and found this Rose of Sharon hiding in the garden. I like the dark where it's curled up around the edges:Made it over 10k steps for Monday. When I left for my walk, this guy met me at the back gate:Made it well over 10k steps Tuesday and got in my resistance workout, but not much else. In our back yard, this was the last rose of summer, since summer is now over:Made it past 13k steps today thanks to our visit to a local greenhouse and garden center to pick up birdseed and fall flowers. They had a Magnolia in bloom... I think it's confused:Got my 10k steps for Saturday. According to Garmin, I'll have over 4.3 million steps for the twelve months ending with September. I'm happy with that as I've been getting pretty consistent lately and that's what I'm shooting for. Two bugs from last week, one with a very long tongue (proboscis) and one with a very long stinger. Don't know if you'll be able to see them in the SparkPeople download or not:Just short of 13k steps today with the help of wandering around graveyards. Saw this in my travels and I think it's the first one of them I've seen this year. Variegated Fritillary:Made it past 11k steps. These shelf fungus look like a stairway for squirrels or Keebler Elves:I ended September well getting over 11k steps for Wednesday and already have over 10k for today, so October is off to a good start. I even got in some outdoor walking and spotted this, an aster, I think?Made my 10k steps for Sunday. Mums the word:Got my 10k steps for Sunday, but not much outdoors as it rained a bit. Saw this pair of Buckeyes chasing each other around on Saturday:Got in a nice outdoor walk today and made it past 11k steps. The seeds of some wildflowers are as pretty as the flowers themselves:Made it over 13k steps for Thursday. Still plenty of insects out in spite of the lower nighttime temps.Just barely got my 10k steps in, but I did make it. This little zinnia is only about an inch in diameter and it's all by itself. Last year they wouldn't quit blooming and this year it's been only about one a week and all small ones at that.Came up just short of 11k steps for Thursday. Here's a lonely remaining dandelion I spotted last weekend:Made it over 10k for Saturday. Resting in the yard got me the evil eye for sitting too close to the feeder.Just barely over 10k steps for Monday. I put one feeder pan out last week and so far nothing but squirrels and angry sparrows:I made it well past 11k steps today including an outdoor walk with the camera. Our Sunchokes are finally blooming:Made it over 12k steps for Thursday and had a nice walk outside. Our potted Fuchsia on the back porch are still pumping out the blooms:I made it past 12k steps for Friday and am headed in the right direction today with nearly an hour walking outdoors. Plenty of beautiful leaves still clinging to the trees:Got in 11k+ steps for Sunday and that was all at home as I was afraid to go out again after what I saw Saturday (Who ya gonna call?):I had to work for my 10k steps Monday, but I made it. Saw this on my walk... I guess it's an ornamental grass? Love the color:Got my 10k steps in with the help of an outdoor walk. Went down by the 'crick'.Over 11k steps today hanging around the house. This one came from Tuesday with sunlight in the leaves:I made it past 10k steps for Thursday, but had to work on it as it was raining all day so they're all indoor steps. Here's a leaf from Tuesday's walk that I thought was pretty:Made it to over 11k steps for Friday and spotted some fall color in the yard of a local church on a chilly photo walk: Made it past 11k steps for Monday. A creek-side view from last week:Made it just past 10k steps for Tuesday. Here's a shot from today's walk... the leaves still on the trees here in southern Pennsylvania are getting scarce.Made it well over 11k steps for Thursday. Came home from my walk to discover a potted tree rat. They bury their nuts in our pots which all get dumped and replanted in the Spring and then they dig up our new plants to find their nuts that aren't there. Hope I bother them as much as they bother me. ðŸ˜‰Finished a nice outdoor walk on Saturday and went well over 10k steps for the day. There are still an unusual number of flowers in bloom, but also a lot have gone to seed and still plenty of colorful leaves, so a target rich environment for shooting pictures. I think these are Red Oak leaves, but not certain:Made it past 11k steps for Sunday and had another beautiful day for an outdoor walk. I keep seeing newly opened roses during my travels thanks to the moderate temperatures:Made it well over my 10k steps for Wednesday at home due to rain. The leaves fell like rain the day before as well so it's time to get the rake:Made my 10k steps indoors again today, too chilly outside. Captured this rose on Monday. I liked the shadows in the sun and the color, but I doubt they have long left to bloom as it's supposed to get near freezing this morning:Made it to just over 11k steps for Friday and got in a short photo walk. Many trees are bare now and others close to it but the leaves keep falling. I saw this one float down the creek perhaps on it's way to the ocean?Just squeezed past 10k steps today staying indoors. Too darn chilly outside for this portion of the elderly population. I've been investigating some step counting online videos to supplement walking around the house or using the Gazelle in order to break up the monotony. This shot was from the end of last week when there were still leaves on the trees. Most are gone now and what's on the ground are fading fast to brown:Got my 10k steps today indoors. This is from July, I miss summer already:Will have well over my 10k step goal today... got in my first outdoor walk in awhile. Still a few leaves and lots of berries to photograph:
Going to the exercise room to finish my 10k steps for the day. We also got a short outdoor walk in thanks to pleasant temperatures. We did well on our calories thanks to DW providing a delicious calorie conscious dinner. All in all, a great Thanksgiving... hope you had one too! Here's a shot from the walk today:Over 10k steps today and got in an outdoor walk. The flowers are disappearing, so I'm shooting whatever I can find for photos... I call this one "Mirror, Mirror".Got over 9k steps indoors. Memories of summer and outdoor walks:Don't forget to put the bikes away honey. Uh oh!Spotted on a short walk... a sad ol' rose waiting for warm weather to return. Sure not walking weather for me. Finally finished an outdoor walk over a half hour today. It was a little brisk at 40Â°F, but the sun made it tolerable. Here's the Rose of Sharon in it's winter garb:Temps here made it into the mid-forties so I got outside for a while. I'm inching back to my basic step goal after a stint of cold kept me indoors. Spotted some flowers gone to seed on an unknown bush. They're a lot harder to identify without the flowers.Got in a fairly quick walk today and was well over my minimum step goal for the day. I don't think it's going to last though because the forecast shows daytime temps back in the low thirties (Fahrenheit). When I can't find another photo target that suits my fancy, I shoot a duck... they always like having their pictures taken. I made that last part up, I don't know if they like it or not:I've had to reduce my indoor step goal as the machine was getting to my hips, so I look forward even more to the days when it's warm enough for me to go out since walking is no problem for the hips. I was whining to myself about not having much variety at the backyard feeder for photos on those stay home days and then decided that if sparrows and ducks are all I get, then I'll shoot sparrows and ducks. Here's one from last Thursday:
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