Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lazy Me Enjoying Nature

Exercise: the bane of my existence. As you may recall, I joined a gym this year. I did OK (not great, but OK) at first. Lately I have not been going at all. I even went in and attempted to cancel my membership, but the manager, who is quite a good salesperson, convinced me not to. It does makes sense; I need to exercise for my health and longevity.

So.. since then I have not yet been back to the gym! Of course not! You have to drag me, kicking and screaming, to an exercise session.

This morning I decided to take a walk outside. It's such a pretty morning. Now I'm paying a gym membership so I can walk outside. LOL! Well, when it gets hot and humid, I'll be glad to have an air conditioned space to go to, once I manage to make it through the kicking and screaming stage.

During my walk today, this is what I enjoyed observing: birds! Beautiful lake reflections! Bird songs! Green grass and leaves! What a beautiful day!

I saw a bird like this, almost exactly in this pose in the small lake I walk past. I startled it, and it flew away, which was also a pretty sight. I am not sure what the bird is that I saw.. I think this photo is an egret, but do we have egrets in Minnesota? I don't even know. Maybe what I saw was a heron.



I saw a female wood duck that looked a lot like this:



I saw red-winged blackbirds, and a bunch of others that I could not name. The variety of songs is amazingly beautiful, too.

The lake I walk past was like a mirror this morning, so when birds flew low over it, they looked like this, but even better, with no ripples! So pretty!



If walking could always be this enjoyable, maybe I would keep doing it almost every day. I'll try (again)! Wish me luck!





3 comments:

Maureen said...

Watching birds is a great pastime of mine and the wood duck is beautiful. We have white herons nearby where I live, quite often see them around the edges of the mangroves.

Nanci said...

My daughter walked 500 miles from January 1st to July 1st last year. She got some walking poles to help her really swing when she walked and there was no pain, but lots to gain from it all. she looks amazing. and she saw all those birds too! (I think)

Megs said...

Yep! We have egrets!