I was happy to hear we would have two nice days for our weekend, with just a bit of rain late Sunday afternoon to mar the great forecast. The weatherman said we’d hit 65 degrees F (18 C) today. “Right” I thought and scoffed at that notion.
It was gray and gloomy when I headed out and already 42 F (5 C). I am not in “Spring mode” yet, so I wore a Winter coat, hat and gloves. Over the course of the last week, I debated on trying a new park, or two, but I figured the landscape is so boring now, all the parks look alike and I’d wait until things greened up a little more. So, I went to one of the old standbys.
Destination: Elizabeth Park.
I like Elizabeth Park – it’s got a great perimeter path around the entire park, plus you can stroll along the boardwalk, or cross any of the ornamental bridges to the other side. There are usually ducks and geese around for a photo op.
Well it was just “Dullsville” at first …
I parked the car, then paused to see if the squirrel, who has assumed the role of guardian of the gates at the vehicle bridge, was hanging out there – no squirrel, he must have slept in.
I headed to the boardwalk and there were no walkers there, just a handful of fisherman. The boaters were already in full force up and down the Detroit River.
This morning, the usually scenic park was dull and drab looking. The sky was a gloomy gray and it was a little murky too.
The only color to speak of was the pale yellow willow trees.
And maybe those straw-colored dead reeds along the way as well.
When I first began this blog in 2013, it was to memorialize my walks … the posts were always just a single long or short paragraph, a one-word title and occasionally, I’d put one photo up top. Very occasionally. So, my blog has evolved into a narrative that accompanies a lot of photos. As I walked along, nothing was happening, so I put the camera back into its pouch. From the looks of it, I surmised I might be hearkening back to my early post days … no pictures and nothing much to write about.
And then I saw it … the lamp post that you see up top. What in the world happened to it? It was slightly askew.
Well, from that point on, a series of odd happenings just morphed into today’s blog post.
It seemed that every critter I saw today either was wearing a silly look, or doing something out of the ordinary. I know it was not just my imagination running away with me.
Of course we have to include a little squirrel and goose madness as well.
Wait, there was more …
And then there was another lamp post that was askew … these two lamp posts were adorned with a scarf. Now why would that be? One scarf may have gotten tangled up there in the wind … but two lamp posts, each with its own scarf?
I noticed the trees – even they were askew … check out this twisted tree.
Then I stopped to take photos of four trees that were listing to one side.
I completed the first trek around Elizabeth Park, and it was beginning to get warm – I mean really warm! I unzipped my coat, then my vest. I was ecstatic to see the car and seize the opportunity to have a “Spring Fling” and ditch the hat, gloves and coat – ahh, much better!
On the second go-around, a little more activity was going on ….
I passed by the area where the kindly souls feed the critters. I have written about this phenomenon before and I think it is great. If I lived closer, I’d contribute to this venture as well. Someone has put up feeders and suet holders in and around a small tree and they keep them filled all Winter. Our Winter was brutal and the Spring thus far has been cold and chilly, so these kind folks have continued with their good deeds.
Not only do people keep the birds in birdseed, but other folks stop by with peanuts and treats as you see below. I saw some bread chunks and it appears today’s “treat of the day” was Cheetos and they were quite a hit with one squirrel.
The water level was very high in the canal and the geese and ducks were having a ball splashing around. A pair of white Pekin ducks and a Mallard Hybrid decided to stay on land. The trio’s actions just gave me a grin.
I passed by these seagull sentries near the big bridge:
Two treks around the entire Park and I felt I could have walked more except it was too warm and I was still overdressed. People were arriving at this park in shirtsleeves and shorts … I jumped in the car and put the A/C on to cool off, so that little bit of silliness just went hand-in-hand with the rest of the day.
P.S. – we did reach 65 degrees as predicted.