We’ve probably walked by this tree on America Avenue lots of times, but today I thought it would be a nice tree in which to take a family photo (of four or fewer) if everyone scrambled up the slanted trunk and squeezed onto the also slanted branch. (It looks more plausible in person, I think!)
We ran across Pioneer photographer Monte Draper and his wife, Char, as they walked through Diamond Point Park on their lunch break.
We love taking outdoors pictures, but we can only dream of taking the beautiful images that Monte captures! The Pioneer is fortunate to have him, and people in the community tell me that all the time.
Now that the fat pink blossoms have fallen off, we’re seeing a lot of these pink blossoms out there. We don’t know what they are, of course, but they’re still pretty!
Today, we walked on sidewalks first and then hit the trail, so it was weird to go the other direction.
Quote of the day, as we approached this incline:
Laurie: "I’m hot."
Bethany: "I think we’d better get used to saying that."
We decided we should probably start carrying water bottles, or maybe even a backpack with some water in it so we can hydrate halfway through the walk.
I don’t know how well you can see the little chipmunk above, but I kept following it around the tree, so I was determined to get a photo.
I am going to go out on a limb and say I think this is a basswood tree because of the really big leaf.
I only know basswood and maple leaves, and maybe oak. And poison ivy, I think.
Perhaps we should hit the nature books one of these days.
The lake was pretty still today, although there were several boats out with anglers leisurely fishing on a beautiful day. I think there’s one in the left side of the picture. You might call it a dot! (No big zoom again today.)
Lest you forget we forgot about the lilacs, here’s yet another shot, this one from City Hall. These are smaller and more dense than what we normally see — these bushes are really packed!
This seems to be a new sculpture, although I can’t remember exactly where it was. Pretty close to City Hall, I think. I’d tell you the name of the piece and the artist, but there isn’t a placard on the base yet.
At first I thought it looked like a scary Halloween tree with limbs, but when I looked again, it made me think more of nature stretching out its arms to enjoy the warmth and sunshine, maybe even having a little dance.
If we find out the title and sculptor, I’ll add that information with another photo of the sculpture from a slightly different angle.
Here’s another "OPEN" sign mystery photo. This one shows the background even more clearly than the last one:
Our previous puzzler was the "I" in the Enterpoint sign.
We didn’t walk yesterday, but I did go to the Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative Celebration in the afternoon. Here are a couple of photos!