This morning it was just 47 degrees when I stepped out the door. For at least an hour beforehand, I heard the foghorns making their low, long and mournful call down at the Detroit River, but I guess they were only practicing, since it was sunny and clear.
I hurried out, eager to get my five miles walked. I’ve been averaging five miles per day and need to step up my game a little on the weekends and get those steps done, then meander here and there with the camera. Sometimes that is better said, than done though.
After the delightful day at the Park on Sunday, yesterday and today have been a little blah. Only a handful of squirrels were on the pathway, Mom and Pop Goose and their wee ones weren’t out and about, nor were they taking their offspring for swimming lessons. Surely there must be more than one pair of geese with goslings?
What I did see, but didn’t much care for, was a red-winged blackbird that suddenly swooped down from a high tree and attempted to knock the robin off the nest she was plopped on. After this attack, the mother robin fought back, the two tangled, and after some angry-sounding chatter, both birds flew off. That red-winged blackbird was very aggressive, at least twice the size of the robin, and his unprovoked attack in her vulnerable state, i.e. protecting her brood (eggs or babies) made me feel a little sad. Another walker and I witnessed that attack and she said it likely wanted to steal the eggs, or babies. Even though the nest rests on a low branch, I still can’t see inside it, so I’m guessing she is still incubating those pretty blue eggs. I worried she might be hurt from the confrontation, but the next time around, she was back on the nest.
Sometimes nature is awesome … sometimes not so much.
I saw on Twitter that today is “World Walking Day and decided since I’ve taken a few walks in faraway countries, that today, and for each subsequent “World Walking Day”, I’ll create a post reflecting back on a different trip.
So, to stray off the beaten path via the way-back machine, I’ll include some photos from a three-week Scandinavian and Russia trip taken in 1983. It was a land tour of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark and included a daytime Norwegian fjord cruise, an overnight Baltic Sea cruise to cross from Sweden to Finland, and two plane trips, one from St. Petersburg to Moscow and the other from Moscow to Copenhagen. The trip was taken June 4th to June 25th.
I’m going to choose a photo or two of me, representative of each country.
The first leg of our trip was Norway, and we landed in Bergen and went to Market Square to the Merchant’s Quay.
We next traveled to the mountain railway station at Myrdal Valley which is 3,000 feet above sea level.
After several days in Norway, our next country to visit was Sweden. Most of my photos in this country were scenery or architecture only, but, we spent the day at Stockholm’s Open-Air Museum, then went to our hotel where we dined on reindeer patties and lingonberries over ice cream and enjoyed an evening of folk dancing at the Skansen Entertainment Center. The woman in this picture was a fellow traveler in our group.
We left Sweden via an overnight cruise ship to Finland.
In this photo I am standing in front of the Sibelius Monument which is dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The Park is in Helsinki, Finland.
From Helsinki we traveled via rail to Leningrad. Our tour group stopped for lunch before our departure and one of the waiters tucked a red carnation from the vase on the table into my hair and wished me “safe travels” before we boarded the train.
We spent a week in the U.S.S.R. altogether.
First we went to St. Petersburg for three days and I have many pictures of the architecture and landscape but no pictures of me there. Later in the week we boarded an Aeroflot Airlines puddle jumper for a short flight to Moscow.
This is a photo of my tour guide, Don Gilliland and me at the Moskva River. The Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Kremlin are in the background.
In this shot you see the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the ornate St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.
Our last leg of the journey was in Denmark, and we flew from Moscow to Copenhagen and spent four days there.
While in Copenhagen, we took in the usual sights like the Little Mermaid statue and Langelinie Fountain and Pavilion.
Rosenborg Castle was a big hit with tourists as well.
It was planned that our last night of the tour would coincide with Midsummer Eve, so we spent the evening at Tivoli Gardens where there was celebration and fireworks that extended to the wee hours of the morning. Our hotel was across the street from Tivoli Gardens so I had many photos of the fireworks after we left.
Hope you enjoyed these photos on this “World Walking Day” … next year it will be one country only. Up next will be more signs of Spring from my favorite, go-to local venue, a/k/a Council Point Park, as I continue to walk my socks off!