Sunday, May 9, 2010

Join Us For a Walk

Jake and I like to go walking at our lake and local parks.
Today I invite you join us.
You may want to step into some old shoes as some of the trails are still muddy.
We'll start right on our yard.
These two Mourning Doves were sitting in the trees right on the yard.
Actually the picture was taken from inside the house,through an open window.
We need to drive a few blocks to get to Livingstone Nature Park.
This is  a small place and very quiet,so is one of our favorites.
I wonder who might live in this hollow tree.
I can imagine a squirrel or perhaps a rabbit making a home here.
Further along the trail,we find these blossoms.
They are small but look so pretty.
Once again we need to get into the car,this time we head up to Lake Minniwasta.
This is where the trails are quite muddy from all the recent rains.
One never knows what or who will show up.
This American Mink was probably as surprised to see us as we were to see him.
This animal is not seen very often.
Both Jake and I can't remember when last we saw a live one like this.
You will notice he is on a little bridge.
This is part of the Minniwasta trail.
Some of the spring blossoms are attracting the bees.
This one was so busy gathering nectar,he didn't mind a couple of photographers around.
With shoes coated with mud we are back at the start of the trail.
I hope you enjoyed this short walk and the beauties of nature we got to see.

PSALM 46:8


D said...

Beautiful day Ruth. We still await the Mourning Doves, but have been blessed with more birds this year than ever and greater variety.

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings to you.

Kay said...

Thank you for inviting me to join you guys on your walk today. I didn't get out for a walk of my own, so I really enjoyed yours. Love the photo of the mink.


Montanagirl said...

Terrific series. I love the Mink photo. Don't believe I've ever seen one of those. I like seeing what you see.

Barbie ♥ said...

That was fun and I didn't mind the muddy shoes ;-)

I was excited to see that mink! What a neat happening and the picture even shows his surprise upon seeing you - I bet you had to press that shutter fast!!!

jalynn01 said...

I enjoyed your walk with you and what a surprise to see the A. Mink. He was a cutie. I hope you had a blessed Mothers Day.

Karin said...

Loved my walk with you! Can't believe how small those mink are and how many it would take to make a lady a fancy coat! Yikes1 Hope you had a great Mother's day!

Reanaclaire said...

The beauty of the Lord who created all nature...
Thanks for taking us for this nature walk..
by the way I am Claire from

Have a nice Monday!

Diane said...

Oh, that was a delightful walk, Ruth. What a rare treat to see the mink. And I can almost smell the sweet blossoms. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day. Diane

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi there, Thanks for taking us on your walk with you, Ruth... That little mink is a cutie. He was really looking at you all --just like you were looking at him... ha

I had a wonderful day --spending it with my 'baby' --who is almost 39 now!!!!! Yipes!!!! ha

We had a fabulous beach trip--but it's nice to be home. I'll post a blog in the morning.


Regina said...

Such a lovely and wonderful day.Thank you for sharing your walk with us.
Truly an enjoyable one.
Hope you had a great time on Mother's Day Ruth.
God bless you both.

syam said...

lovley flower pictures....excellent series.

Carole Barkett said...

Amazing mink picture, hope your mother's day was wonderful.

Unknown said...

Ahhh, I love to walk. I walk at least a few kilometers every day. This walk was great, I saw things I have never seen before! ;o) Thanks Ruth and Jake!

We have mink and marten -a'plenty around here! And yet, I have no good photos of them. Go figure!

Kerri Farley said...

What a lovely walk! Thank you for letting me join you :)
I've NEVER seen a mink in person before ~~ they look a bit like ferrets, don't they? And those blossoms are gorgeous!

Another fabulous time had by all :)
Thanks Ruth!

George said...

Thanks for taking us along on your walk. I'll be glad to go along with you any time. Your pictures are wonderful.

Elaine said...

Thanks for sharing your walk with us. It was very enjoyable, and your photos are lovely. I'm glad we just got muddy feet, and weren't muddy all over like the mink was!

Shelley said...

YOu witnessed so many of nature's miracles! I loved seeing that mink - he looked like he was curious about you too in the that photo!

Leedra said...

The American Mink is soooooo cute! I would have been so excited I would have never been able to capture a single photograph.

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Pat said...

The wood duck doesn't look real!

I've never seen a wild mink before--you got some great shots, Ruth. I enjoyed the virtual walk.

Hope you had a great Mother's Day.

Leah said...

Beautiful picture's! I have never seen a mink, that is so neat!

jeanlivingsimple said...

What a beautiful walk! I also have never seen a Mink.

I hope you will invite me again to take a walk!

Peace & Joy to you.

Susan said...

Great pictures...thanks for taking me along on your walk..nice to see the different birds stopping by to feed or nest..We had a wood duck stop by our nesting box but I think the black birds chased them away. Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to seeing more of your great pictures

Mary said...

What a refreshing walk and I didn't even get any of that mud on my shoes! Wonderful! I've never seen a mink...what a blessing to see that! Love the bee shot! I'll take a walk with you any day!

Patty said...

Thanks for the lovely walk and I didn't even get muddy feet or feel a chill. Great photos.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome post and photos. Cool sighting of the mink. Are they uncommon to see or an endangered species?

warriormom said...

Enjoyed the walk! Thank you.

My name is Riet said...

LOve your pictures Ruth. That walk was great :)))Thank you for the invitation. Have a great day

Monica H said...

A mink? How cool is that?! I sure did enjoy this little nature walk. I only wishI were there in person.

Anonymous said...

Oh thank God, you saw a living Mink. It is a blessing that they can somehow make ends meet in a world that wants to kill and skin them.

Valerie said...

I love the face on that mink - and the white on it's throat.

I had one in the back yard living by the creek a few years ago. I haven't seen it in a while - I wonder if it is gone.