Spring has returned again after yesterday’s little blip …

04-20-16

… and the day dawned sunny, so off I went. Today, I could enjoy the scenery a little more, because yesterday, I was about a mile out of the gate, when the gray sky squeezed out a few raindrops … then a few more.  I had unhooked the camera from my belt because it was so gloomy-looking out that I knew no good pictures were to be had and I didn’t want to risk getting the camera wet.  But, much to my chagrin, I forgot to pack it when I got dressed to go out this morning, and I sure could have put it to good use.

I noticed even more trees have leafed out and added their various green tones to this pleasing Spring palette, which, before now, was mostly pastel from those ornamental trees. I saw some stunning-looking cerise azaleas, deep purple hyacinths, daffodils in about ten shades of yellow, and, that same color scheme of purple and yellow even extended to the weeds, as those wild violets and dandelions provided a lot of color on this Spring day.

As I made my way down Emmons Boulevard, I heard about a half-dozen different birds calling out – I would like to think they were serenading me, but, of course, it was probably to one another, or, perhaps just expressing their joy in the peaceful morning. I tried several times to answer them back, but the stiff breeze dried my lips and I couldn’t purse them to attempt to match their whistles.

As I neared the footbridge that divides Lincoln Park and Wyandotte, I glanced over, as I always do, to check out who was inhabiting the rather brownish waters this morning. To my surprise, gliding very majestically down the center of the Creek was a huge Mute swan.  It was the only water fowl in the Creek, and soon it disappeared under the footbridge, so I dashed across the street to the other side to check it out from there.  Talk about up close and personal!  I had no idea a swan was that big and I watched it stop to drink or look for something to eat along the banks of the Creek.  It plunged its head into the water, then out again, and I saw its feathers were snowy white everywhere but its face and part of the neck which was tinged an ecru color.  Water dripped from its orange bill each time it stopped to nibble at the reeds along the water’s edge.  I wanted to kick myself for missing all the great shots as it looked right at me, so close that I swear I could see its eyelashes.

An early morning rain Thursday will definitely spoil my walk, so, unfortunately, the only sidewalk occupants will be the fat earthworms as they slither across the rain-slickened pavement, with the robins hopping along behind them in pursuit of their breakfast.

[Image by photographer Filio from Pixabay]

 

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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2 Responses to Spring has returned again after yesterday’s little blip …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    Watch those swans they can pinch skin right off your body. Many of jet skiers ran to our deck for safety because a swan was after them. It was nice yesterday. We need the rain.

    • lindasschaub says:

      Funny Marge – you are the second one to mention this to me after I wrote the post – another friend sent an e-mail to me about a rambunctious swan he encountered. Do you remember the multiple geese at Council Point Park that chased me down? Yikes! Not safe anywhere anymore … that swan sure was beautiful and I know you said to take your camera always, and I could have gotten a pic of it when it looked right at me. You know I Googled “Mute Swan” last night as I wanted to know how big they were – website pic showed one in flight – I can’t say I ever saw one flying.

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