On Earth Day this year, I had the day off, so we decided to take a drive down to our local Wild Bird Care Centre. They were having a special event with crafts and activities. Of course, my daughter wanted to do “a hike” first (we can do crafts any other time, after all!) so we ambled through the forest.
I must have been a child on a field trip the last time I visited this place. All of the specimens and taxidermy seemed so familiar, and the building itself felt miniature, which is always the case when you come to a place for the first time as an adult.
We fed the chickadees, walked along fallen logs, and saw our first butterflies of the season. When we got back to the field house, we checked out some of the activities, one of which was dissecting owl pellets. It is essentially a hairball, which contains everything the owl cannot digest- lots of tiny mouse bones, and sometimes even an intact skull. Fascinating stuff!
It’s been a long time since we took a walk out in the woods. This winter has been long, and we have found ourselves indoors a little too much. And even though it looks sunny in these photos, the wind was still bracing for April. As you can see, we still have some snow on the ground.
Still, our daughter was over the moon to go “to the forest,” where there is so much to explore and ask questions about. We didn’t see any beavers but we did see a few of their sweet little log homes.
We are so looking forward to warmer days, and hoping to get out to the woods more this year. If you’d like to see photos of Mer Bleue from previous years, CLICK HERE for my past blog posts.
I’m determined to photograph these little beauties up close in the trees one day. Whether I’ll need to get a much more powerful camera lens or stake out the treetops, I’m not sure. Maybe both. Even though you can barely see them in these photos (look closely!) they are so much prettier photographed in their natural habitat. The middle photo is a different bird’s nest.
Our first trip this year was a bit later than usual, but worth the wait. Every year is familiar but always a little different. I have never seen so many dragonflies in past years, and the shy loons have been coming closer to the dock. Maybe I will finally catch a decent picture of them.
It is sweet to walk down the trails with our two-year-old, as she picks flowers and wild strawberries along the way. She loves getting dirty and doesn’t hesitate to climb any rocky hills we encounter. Despite her carsickness and the uncertainty of sleeping in an unfamiliar room, I think it’s going to be a fun summer.
I remembered the last photo from a couple of years ago, and thought it went so well with the first two. I always take so many photos that it’s hard to narrow them down, so be prepared for more!
How did we make it through the summer without a weekend at the cottage until now? Partly due to the fact that my husband works Saturdays- it’s a long drive if we’re only staying for a day. And traveling with a baby is overwhelming if it’s one day or one week. The amount of stuff I needed to pack for fewer than 48 hours was kind of ridiculous. A cooler for food, milk and bottles, a stack of cloth diapers, clothes, a few toys and books, plus my own essentials. I really did try to pack light. Once there I just needed to unwind. I’d had exactly 2 hours of sleep the night before and didn’t get much more that night either, once we realized the baby had a cold. Other than lack of sleep, we were all happy to be there and to enjoy the outdoors. We explored familiar spots in the surrounding woods and I wandered a little while, alone with my camera.