Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Path I Walk

I  enjoy walking to work mornings, along a path that is used by walkers, joggers and bikers. My walk takes me about 50 minutes, and is along a natural landscape. I think I am very lucky to walk through such a landscape every day. I walk this way at 7 in the morning, and often I walk back home, at 4 in the afternoon.

Last week most mornings were sunny, and I took some pictures. The sun through the trees was so pretty.

I love the call of the Canada Geese as they pass overhead on their way to the farmers' fields for breakfast. We have flocks of "local geese", who stay here all year through. Years ago, there was a power plant situated on our lake, leaving a portion of the lake open through winter. Some Canada Geese began wintering here, rather than migrating. When the power plant closed, and the whole lake froze over, the geese continued to stay here - so we now have their descendents continuing to winter over through extremely cold winters. Our temperatures often get to minus 40, with the wind chill, but somehow the geese manage to survive.Our city park has a feeding program for the geese, and some shelter for their protection, but it is still pretty amazing that these geese choose to stay

 We also have a few hardy pelicans who stay for the winter, requiring abit more TLC from our park workers. The pelicans aren't easy to see in this picture. I always feel a little thrill to see them, as they are fairly recent visitors to our lake. They always seem like gentle giants, to me.

I noticed several tipis set up this past week near the First Nations University.

And here are the lovely chestnut trees just in front of the daycare center where I work.

Wishing you a Happy October on your own path!


Teri C said...

Oh Brenda, what a beautiful place to enjoy everyday. Your photos and words made me feel like I was there with you. Isn't nature grand!?! Thanks for this lovely post.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks so much for checking in, and reading!
And as well for your kind comment.
Every season, has beauty in it!

sandy said...

I think you are, too. That looks like a lovely route with lots to look at.

The Boston Lady said...

Brenda, what a lovely walk! Are the pelicans the white ones? How wonderful that the white ones would come there - we just have brown. Those Canadian Geese are darn hardy. We have them occasionally down here in the winter, but I think they mainly stop in the Carolinas. I think they are so beautiful. Ann

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hi, Sandy, it's nice to have you drop by, and read here.This is a nice walk, and soon, I need to enjoy it while I can, as once the winter comes, it may not alays be possible to walk it.

Hi, Ann,
These are the white pelicans, and we actually have quite alot in Saskatchewan in the summer. I love their slightly awkward but dignified flight.

These geese are VERY hardy, and it is quite amazing that they choose to stay, and they are so beautiful, aren't they.

Thanks for checking in!

Geraldine said...

that's quite a walk everyday Brenda, a great way to stay in shape. looks early in the day when you walk, stay safe.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hi, Ger,
Thanks for reading here.
Soon it will be too dark to walk, in the morning; although I should be good for walking home at 4 p.m.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, this weekend!