Friday, 16 May 2008

Travels with Tessa - Part 1

I'm puppy sitting this weekend, so Tessa and I have been taking lots of long energetic walks.
There are trails through the forest just to the north of town... some are gravel and are suitable for bikes, and some, like this one, are better suited for hiking through the bush.

The fresh new green leaves look so vivid in the spring sunlight. Tessa thinks so too.

The trail runs partly around the edge of the town reservoir. A pair of Trumpeter Swans have been returning every year to raise their family, and they are back again this year.

The swans have a nest hidden somewhere among the bullrushes. This area is a haven for water birds. A pair of Canada Geese have nested on a small promontory, two eggs so far!

On the way back, we passed a large patch of delicate wild strawberry flowers.

Location noted. We'll be back in June for the fruit!

13 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Looks like you and Tessa went on a very fun walk. ;-)

Grand Life said...

What a great "sitter" you are. We had dogs all our life until we retired and now just the thought of having to walk a dog several times a day makes me tired. But I have to admit--that is a cute dog.
Have a great week and thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoy yours.
Judy

m.e. said...

14 days until you zoom into the sky...going where?? did i miss something?

Ginnie said...

This reminds me of when grandson Nicholas and I go out in the woods, Ex-S. Just wait till Callum is old enough to go on those walks with you! You'll be in heaven!

dabrah said...

Lovely pictures. I was supposed to be dog-sitting this weekend, but it was called off, so I'm having a lazy day instead.

imac said...

Beautiful photos and info.

pop over and see my busy critter.

photowannabe said...

Happy Tessa sitting. She's so cute. I'm sure you two will have so much fun exploring everything. When I saw our grand-dogger Snicker wet she looked just like Tessa with her brand new do. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture. She moved too much all I got was a wet blur. LOL :)

Luke said...

a very nice place to explore!

Ming the Merciless said...

Sounded like a great weekend.

I hope Tessa didn't run off chasing about some squirrels.

CanadianSwiss said...

Let's just hope that Mr and Mrs Canada Geese are luckier than the Robins with their eggs.
And yeah... Where are you planning to "zoom" to?

Hilary said...

Great shots, Ex-S.. love those eggs. I've never happened upon nesting birds in the wild like that.. or I haven't clued into it anyway. Lucky pup is enjoying some great walks.. as is your camera.

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Sounds you and Tessa had a wonderful travel! Great photos too!

madretz said...

What a lovely walk you took. Thanks for bringing us with you!