Today was a really pretty walk. We stayed off the dirt trail and walked the sidewalks and bike trail from the waterfront to the Bemidji State University and Diamond Point Park area and back. As you can see from the reflection in the pond above in the park, it was a still day. It was warm, but not too warm.
I have really liked some of the closeups Bethany has taken lately, so I figured I’d zoom in a little on this leaf in a bush, which is pictured in the center of the photo below. I wasn’t sure where I took the photo, but when I saw who is standing in the background, I realized it was outside the Tourist Information Center!
We ran across our favorite chipmunk — we are going by the assumption that there is one particular chipmunk who is unusually friendly — at the park. I had run out of photos, so I deleted one and took this photo, but then I saw that he was unwrapping and munching on a piece of fancy chocolate. Unfortunately, just after I deleted another photo so I could get him with the candy, he ran off again.
Then the woman holding the bag in the photo below told us the chipmunk had taken the candy from her bag! wat a scamp that little guy is.
Our pretty walk today included lots of flowers, plants and trees.
By the way, when I came up with that headline, I was thinking it was something from a song, but I realized that song was actually Cher’s "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves!
Anyway, here are some of the flora we saw today:
We saw some trees that appear to have been downed by wind. This one is right in front of where the trail opens up in back of BSU.
It was a nice day for a gathering. Apparently it’s the fifth annual summer at BSU. I could have sworn we’d had more summers than five Seriously, I think there’s something else on the sign I couldn’t make out.
And congrats, Oliva, on your graduation! (see photo below)
We had two things in the Stuff on the Ground department today.
On the right, we saw the broken front casing for a Blackberry. Looks like someone was not happy with their cell phone. I have a co-worker who has had to replace his twice, but as far as I know he never stomped on it and left it on the ground in pieces!
Below, we have a gocery list of someone who was shopping for Egg Beaters (lots!), canned salmon, chicken breast (again, he or she wanted lots), fresh veggies, Kellogg’s protein bars, whole-grain bagels, beans, English muffins, feta cheese and tuna.
It all sounds pretty good, except the salmon. Ew.
We were Harmony Food Co-op at the time, so by the healthful foods on the list and the location, I can only assume they were shopping there. It’s a lovely little place (which will be a lovely larger place next year when it moves even closer to where I live!).
Speaking of Harmony Foods, I had to snap a picture of this young woman who was reading outside while drinking a beverage.
"She has that perfect red hair," I whispered to Bethany as we walked past. "And the perfect green shirt to go with it."
I’ve always had red hair, but it’s never been thick and wavy like perfect red hair.
Yesterday’s mystery photo, the steps to nowhere, were from a vacant lot that obviously used to have something to which the steps led. I can’t remember exactly where it was, but I think it might have been on or near Mississippi Avenue, where we walked to take a look at the Village of Hope, the new homeless shelter.
I hear there is more rain in store for us tomorrow. At least it won’t be cold!
And I have plenty of clothes to choose from, as I hauled five laundry baskets to the Corner Laundry this afternoon and washed more clothes at one time than ever before. I had to get change for a second $20 bill, so I now have $17 in quarters, which I just dumped in a drawer at work for vending machine use.
By the time our walk ended, it had gotten pretty warm, almost hot. The sun must have come out, because I lamented that I had put sunscreen on my arms and legs, but forgot my face. I said I’d rather have the sunburn and avoid the freckles. Bethany just chuckled.
I told Bethany, also, that next time I want to do a bunch of laundry on a hot day in the middle of the afternoon, to remind me that it is a stupid idea.
Here’s to smart ideas!