A Walk Along the Slough

It’s hard to believe that just last week I was whining about our snow storm and griping about being unable to leave the house because of all the ice.  Today, we had a heatwave…it was fifty degrees! (Yeah, I know…if I still lived in California I would be bundled up and think I was freezing to death!)

One of my girlfriends and I had already decided that we were going to meet at the slough for a walk today.  We were pretty excited that the weather turned out to be so nice.  (Ok, we grumbled a bit about the sun being in our eyes, but that’s all we could find to fuss about) I don’t really have anything to write about, so I thought I’d just share a couple of photos with you.  (what you don’t haul along your camera when you go for a walk?) Just a couple though because I have to have something to go on the photoblog!

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This is what we call the slough….despite all the new signs telling us we are on the Samamish River Walk.  It’s a nice paved trail right along the water.  It’s great for walkers, joggers, bikers and moms with strollers. 

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These geese took off from that field right in front of us and flew straight over.  It was kinda magical!   

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Another really cool bird.  My girlfriend told me what it was called, but I can’t remember what she said.  I think it started with a “C”.  Anyone?  Of course, my friend also told me that some other big black birds that were landing on the water were crows.  Um…I don’t think so! (Yes, I get to tease her about that for a very long time now)

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This little thing is actually a caterpillar…in January!  He was in a huge hurry to cross the trail (and who could blame him with all those bikers?)  so I had a hard time capturing him.  My girlfriend was pretty sure he would eventually turn into a monarch butterfly.  I’m still pretty sure he won’t…they don’t usually live here. 

I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that tomorrow is just as wonderful.  I’ve heard from two different sources that the Framer’s Almanac predicts one more snow storm this year.  I sure hope it’s wrong….

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13 Responses to A Walk Along the Slough

  1. Peggy says:

    Cormorant. Its a cormorant. Very common water bird. At first I thought it was an Anhinga, but the neck isn’t thin enough.

  2. Lynne says:

    Hi Susan, Nice nature shots! Cool bird! A few weeks ago when we had 60-something degree weather I had the same caterpillar in my driveway! He wasn’t moving around too much; I think he was in shock. And alas, no. The ones around here that look like that turn into moths with orange spots on the wings. Gypsy moths, I think (not sure).

    I take my camera every time I go for a walk. Sometimes I even throw it in the car when I’m just going to town. You never know when a good photo op might come along!

  3. Tink says:

    I ALWAYS take my camera with me on walks… and everywhere else too! I have it in a Crown Royal bag in my purse. I always get odd stares when I pull it out.

    Your pictures are lovely. I really love the birds in flight.

  4. Brin says:

    What AMAZING pictures! Really… they are breathtaking! I think if I had a beautiful place like your slough to walk, I might actually do it. (But would I? Probably not! Or not as often as I think I would! 🙂

    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging note on my blog. That’s one thing that’s so wonderful about “virtual” friends and blogging buddies, right? It’s encouraging to know that we’re never really alone…

    Again, thanks for being such a blessing to me today!
    Brin
    http://www.messythrillinglife.blogspot.com

  5. Jay says:

    I try to remember to take my camera with me everywhere. That is one cool looking bird!

  6. Betty says:

    Great photos! We have a walking trail along our little lake. The only problem I have with it is the “walking” part.

  7. Gracey says:

    Wow, I love the photos. I especially love the one of the caterpillar….so beautiful. I would love to scenery like you do and be able to admire it like that as I’m walking along. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  8. Chelle P. says:

    Great shots! I really like the birds and the one of the patercillar… oops! I mean caterpillar.

  9. oddmix says:

    Furthermore, it is a juvenile cormorant – an adult is mostly black. The other black birds landing in the water were also likely cormorants (who’s name ironically means sea crow in Finnish) since they form colonies.

    The other is the banded woolly bear caterpillar, which becomes an Isabella tiger moth. Monarch caterpillars are smooth with green/black/yellow/white stripes.

  10. oddmix says:

    Gorgeous shots, BTW 😀

  11. Andrew says:

    These are beautiful!!

  12. Annie says:

    What a perfectly wonderful walk on a perfectly wonderful day.

  13. Newt says:

    Just beautiful. And it looks so green and full of life – seriously, it does, sigh………it’s a little too white around here for green and life………..sigh………………………