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Marge and Linda’s Adventure

These are the two pictures that started it all. Marge posted a couple Bitstrips comic, starring herself and me, on her Facebook page.

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It was my idea to combine a lunch date with a nature walk.

We met at Betts Park, here in Warren, at 11:00 AM.  It was a good thing we dressed warmly, to include several layers and gloves.  The temperature was only 10 degrees, when we set out on our walk.

We weren’t the only ones at the park, braving the cold temperatures.

This sheepdog was taking its owner for a walk.

How cold was it?  I believe these photographs will give you a shiver or two!

I took this photograph of Marge, as we were finishing up our walk.

After our walk, we went to Chido’s Restaurant for lunch.  We each ordered beef stew and a side salad.  The stew was a good choice, after such a cold walk!

Afternoon Walk

Encouraged by The Blue Ridge Gal’s most recent blog post, I put on my walking shoes and went for an afternoon walk. I had a destination in mind — our local water company, where I would drop off this month’s utility payment.

My neighbor, two doors down, was in her front lawn gardening. Sue invited me to see her back yard flower gardens. I’ll be sure and do that sometime this week. Sue’s yard is lovely, front and back.

I walked three blocks and heard falling water. I looked around and found this water garden. Isn’t it pretty?

Girl Carrying a Scooter

As this girl approached me, she asked if I wondered why she wasn’t riding the scooter. So I asked how come she was carrying the scooter rather than riding it. The girl said it hurt her toe to ride the scooter, so she carries it to the playground. This way she will be able to ride for a longer time at the playground.

My destination – our local water company

I dropped off payment for this month’s water bill and visited for a short time with Linda S. before walking back home. I enjoyed our conversation, Linda. I hope you enjoy my blog 🙂

I walked a total of 1.2 miles today. I would like to walk on a regular basis. I know that the exercise is good for me. I won’t promise anything. We’ll just see how it goes. Thank you, Di (the Blue Ridge Gal), for providing the encouragement for me to go for a walk.

Early Summer Visit to the Audubon Center and Sanctuary

My friend Susan and I visited the Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Jamestown, New York. I have visited the Audubon Center numerous times. You may view other blog posts that I have written about visits to the Audubon Center and Sanctuary by clicking on the tag “Audubon Center and Sanctuary” found at the top of this blog post.

This was Susan’s first visit to the Audubon Center. It was a good day for a visit because the cool temperature and light breeze kept the bugs away.

Big Pond
It was a sunny day, with blue skies and white puffy clouds.

One of several small ponds

Sun-bathing Turtle

My friend Susan

A trip to the Audubon Center is not complete without visiting Liberty.

Liberty

This photograph was taken shortly after Liberty had flown here from another perch. One day I hope to capture a good photograph of Liberty in flight. Liberty’s shelter is not large, so I would have to be real quick on the trigger!

There is so much more of the Audubon Center that I would like to share with Susan. I hope that we make a return visit in the near future.

An Afternoon Stroll on the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail

Bob and I have the good fortune to live near the Warren/North Warren Bike/Hike Trail. The bike/hike trail is an abandoned railroad corridor that has been converted into an off-road trail for recreational use. The current trail goes from Warren’s East Street, alongside the Conewango Creek and Route 62, to North State Street in North Warren. The trail is 2.7 miles long.

Plans are in place for extending the trail an additional 4,300 feet. The 4,300-foot extension will begin at the intersection of North State Street and Route 62, where the trail now ends, and continue north to the northwest corner of the Warren Mall parking lot close to the Conewango Creek.  This past Sunday Bob and I went for a walk through our neighborhood and entered the bike/hike trail at the intersection of Jackson Run Road and Route 62. We passed by the grounds of Warren State Hospital.

Warren State Hospital

Warren State Hospital

We walked past the Warren State Hospital grounds but didn’t quite reach the end of the trail. My knee was hurting. Even though we took a break at a bench along the trail, I was afraid if we walked to the end of the trail that I would not be able to walk back home. I took a few more pictures on our way back home.

The Train Station

We’ve eaten at The Train Station restaurant a few times. The food is of good quality and reasonably priced. The bike/hike trail is built on an abandoned railroad corridor. This restaurant was an actual train station when trains went through this corridor. To the left of the restaurant is the Warren State Hospital grounds.

Tiki Artwork?

Two bicyclists cycling on the Bike/Hike Trail

Robin on Tree Stump

 

When I first saw this robin it was standing on the ground, looking for worms. As I slowly approached, the robin flew up on top of this tree stump.

It’s Bloomin’ Tuesday!

This past weekend I photographed flowers, flowering shrubs and flowering trees in my neighborhood.

Juneberry Tree

A tree service company told us that this is a Juneberry tree. The tree is planted in our neighbor’s yard. I believe that we can enjoy its beauty more so than our neighbors because we get a full view of the tree from our yard. Do you see Bob over by the tree? He mowed our yard for the first time this season on Saturday.

This is our house.
You can see the Juneberry tree behind the house.

This bed of tulips is in my neighbor’s front yard.

I saw this neatly trimmed forsythia bush in another neighbor’s yard.

The photographs displayed above were all taken at houses on the street where we live. The remaining photographs were taken at houses on other streets in our neighborhood.

White and Yellow Tulips

Three Pansies in a Row

More Pansies
Can you see the face-like features of the yellow pansies?

Garden Ornament
Do you see me inside the sphere?

As we returned to our street from our walk in the neighborhood, I marveled at the beauty of our neighbor’s flower bed, the Cleveland Pear and Juneberry trees, and the lush green grass.

If you’d like to see more Bloomin’ Tuesday photographs, please visit Ms Green “thumb” Jean.

A Dog Named Chief

Bob and I went for a walk in the neighborhood yesterday afternoon. During our walk we met a dog named Chief.

Chief

I asked Chief if he would like to have his picture taken. He said “why sure!” and promptly posed for me.

Chief

Springtime Nature Walk

On Wednesday, April 7th, Valerie C. and I visited the Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Jamestown, New York. We arrived shortly before 10:00 AM and didn’t leave until around 1:00 PM. There are three trails at the Audubon Center. We walked part of each trail. We saw geese, an eagle (too far away for a good picture), ducks, various birds, reptiles and amphibians. Valerie saw a deer. She caught a glimpse of its white tail, as it passed in front of us a good ways down one of the trails that we were walking.

These are two of the many geese that we saw on our nature walk.

Snake!

This snake was lying curled up on top of a low bush. We wondered if it was dead. We passed by it again towards the end of our walk. The snake was still lying on top of this bush; however, it had changed its position. No, it wasn’t dead! After seeing this snake the first go-around, we saw three more snakes!

My friend Valerie

We were walking on this boardwalk a short time after taking this picture. At the same time that I noticed on my right what appeared to be a long snake curled up on top of a low bush, Valerie saw a snake in the water to her left. These snakes were much closer to where we were walking, and I raised my camera to take a picture of the one closest to me. The plan was to take the picture and get the heck out of there! As I raised my camera, the snake uncurled. It wasn’t one snake; it was two snakes! They looked as though they were slithering, quickly, towards me ONTO the boardwalk! I didn’t give it a second thought. I touched Valerie’s shoulder, said emphatically “they’re coming!”, and pushed my hand gently on Valerie’s shoulder. It didn’t take much to get Valerie moving. We both made quick steps forward, all the while watching behind us. The snakes didn’t go on the boardwalk; they slithered into the water. Seeing four snakes during one nature walk was more than enough for me! I really wasn’t that pleased when we saw that first snake. At least that one was farther away, and it wasn’t moving!

Toad ?

I think this is a toad, as it appears to have a bumpy skin. This was the only amphibian that we saw. We heard lots of them singing or as they jumped into the pond when we walked by. We didn’t see any turtles. We kept looking for turtles because I had hoped to take a picture of several of them sunbathing on top of a log or a rock.

This bridge caught my attention. I loved the reflection of the bridge in the pond.

Reflecting Bridge

While we walked through the forest, I smelled Spring … an earthy fragrance.

I tried to capture the smell of Spring in this photograph.
Can you smell the earth?

Before leaving the Audubon Center we visited the eagle called Liberty. I took a picture of her screeching. Neither Valerie nor I had heard an eagle’s cry before. That was so cool!

Liberty

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