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lizziebelle: (crow)
Not a lot has been happening around here lately. The weather has been pretty dismal, with lots of rain and grey, broody skies. This does not help my feeling of being overwhelmed by the world. I do try to get out of the house every day, but some days I fail at even that.

I did make it to the wildlife sanctuary last week, where I found lots of lovely pink lady's slipper orchids (though not nearly as many as I should have; I suspect people are picking them, as I found a lot of flower-less plants).

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It was cool and green in the woods, with lots of birdsong and ferns.

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There's a red tailed hawk that's been hanging out atop the spire at the UU church downtown.

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I've seen it there several times. Must be a good lookout place for it.

These lovely little flowers have been popping up in our yard. I'm told they're called Star of Bethlehem.

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Speaking of hawks and backyards, my neighbors had to put a chicken run back in the trees because one hawk decided our backyard was an all-you-can-eat chicken buffet, and had killed several of the girls. No more chickens wandering around the yard, but I'm glad they're safe. And the guys bought a bunch of chicks, which are growing fast. They're so cute, and their little peeps make me smile. One of the hens is playing mother to them.

I went to see "Wonder Woman" the other day, and I liked it a lot. It's not perfect, but then what movie is? It was refreshing to see a strong female lead who was not just eye candy or assisting the men. I wouldn't bother to see it in 3D, though. It really didn't add anything to the experience. Save the four bucks for popcorn.
lizziebelle: (crow)
The lovely October-like weather we've been having got even better today. Sunny and in the high 50's. Who knows how many more nice Saturdays there'll be until spring? So I headed over to the wildlife refuge and rambled about in the woods and around the pond.

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By the pond, I was surprised to see dragonflies. In December! One flew right up to me, and landed on my chin. I think it was kissing me! I was so surprised, it never occurred to me to take out my phone and snap a picture until it was long gone. I was blessed by a dragonfly!

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Golden sunshine caught silvery milkweed, lighting up the feathery seeds like faeries.

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They were everywhere, caught on dried stalks and grasses.

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It was a lovely afternoon's walk. I would not mind at all if the rest of winter was a nice as this.
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
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Spring is still breaking out all over. The hot weather retreated, and it's been lovely out. I've been trying to get out walking every day, despite pulling something in my leg that's left my sciatic nerve irritated. Getting older is so much fun (not).

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springing

Apr. 13th, 2015 08:01 pm
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
It is finally spring here in New England! I found crocuses coming up along the bike trail the other day:



Yesterday, I went to the wildlife refuge, where the ice is finally gone.



critters and more )

Yay, spring!

walking

Jan. 22nd, 2015 07:11 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)


I've been trying to get out walking every day, and most days I succeed. Unless it's bone-chilling cold, or precipitating heavily, I go out for a walk. I downloaded an app that tracks my walks (Walkmeter, suggested by [livejournal.com profile] lamentables), and I've found that I'm walking farther than I had estimated. Yesterday I walked 3.32 miles, and I had previously estimated that route to be around 3 miles.

Today I went to the Assabet Wildlife Refuge, and estimated I had walked just over a mile. My actual distance was just over 2 miles! It also gives you your pace, time, and elevation, and even the approximate number of calories burned. But none of that really means anything to me. It's just cool to see how far I've gone.

The pond there is frozen over, and the ice was making deep, thrumming noises as the ice settled and moved. I walked out onto a fishing dock, and the noises from the ice were right below me. It sounded kind of like the noise made when you tap on the high-tension wires on utility poles, a sort of metallic pinging. The dock is metal, so maybe that's why the sound was metallic. It was very cool (no pun intended).

There were lots of little bubbles in the ice, some of them tiny.



I heard a few birds, including a very loud woodpecker of some sort. I need to work on identifying birds by their songs. I only know a few, mostly the common sort of bird you see all the time.

I found a canoe locked behind a barbed-wire-topped enclosure; I can't imagine what it must have done to be incarcerated like that. It must be a very dangerous canoe.



I spied, across the pond, a spot where I regularly visit in summer to take dragonfly & frog pictures.



It was fun to explore the other side of the pond for a change. The paths are still fairly clear, with some ice left over from the snow we had a while back. Who knows how much longer that will last? There is snow in the forecast for this weekend. It may not get this far inland, but you never know. Might as well take advantage of it while I can!
lizziebelle: (crow)
It's been relatively mild all week, and yesterday was bright & sunny so I went for a nice long walk over at the Assabet Wildlife Refuge.



It was a perfect day for walking in the woods. This time I stuck to the forest trails, and found all sorts of interesting lichens, mosses, and fungi.

Into the woods... )
I'm kinda hoping this will be a mild winter. We had two nasty ones in a row; we're due for a good one.
lizziebelle: (crow)
I tend to think of November as a rather bleak month. It gets dark alarmingly early, most of the trees are bare now, and the weather is far from charming. As it turns out, there is much out there still to interest an amateur naturalist and photographer.

The other day, I had my protagonist go for a walk at the Assabet Wildlife Refuge to clear her head from the whirlwind of things going on around her. While she was there, she made an unexpected breakthrough that is helping her solve at least one of her problems. I decided to go there myself today, not expecting any lightbulb moments myself, but just looking to walk the paths and enjoy the woods and water.

I took a route I've never taken before, and found things I hadn't known were there. I also found all sorts of interesting things to take pictures of, as November is turning out to be not as bare as advertised.

out in the woods )

I will definitely be taking that route again, and exploring some of the paths on that side of the pond.

therapy

Aug. 24th, 2014 05:38 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)


Life has been rather stressful lately, so today I took advantage of the nice weather and went to the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge for some woods & water therapy. I saw a few frogs, a couple of turtles, some geese, and lots of water lilies. It was green and cool and quiet, and just what I needed.

good week

May. 25th, 2014 08:48 pm
lizziebelle: (sherlock)


It's been a good week. My friend Jay has been in town, and I've gotten to spend time with him and other friends. I had a spectacular week at work, with eight sales. I got to go home early on Friday, to start my long weekend early. Spring continues to plod forward, in fits and starts. I went to the wildlife refuge today, where the lady's slippers were in bloom all over the place. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes were also out in force, and they find me particularly tasty. Must remember to buy bug spray before going out there again!

A few violas have popped up in the garden, come back from last year, so I transplanted them to one of the window boxes on my deck. In the other one, I planted the basil and parsley my neighbor gave me. I think I'll just put flowers in the other pots; I haven't decided which ones I want yet.

I have one more day off to enjoy, and it promises to be a nice one. And of course, it's Towel Day today. I do miss the wit and wisdom of Douglas Adams.

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
-Douglas Adams
lizziebelle: (george)
I had hoped to be able to go to NYC this weekend, but as it turns out, my cousin is busy. So that's been put on hold for the time being. I will make it there this spring, just not yet.

So now I have a three-day weekend with no plans, and I desperately need to do something out of my usual routine. I'm seriously burnt out after this horrid winter. I can't go into Boston, because it's Marathon weekend, and that way madness lies. I have a few days to wrack my brains for ideas.

At least the weather has finally been spring-like. I took a nice long walk at the wildlife refuge on Saturday, where the snow is finally gone. I didn't find too many signs of spring except for a turtle and a heron, but it was a lovely day and it was nice to be in the woods with no bugs.

lizziebelle: (fox)

Visitor center, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Yesterday was a perfectly lovely day, especially for early March. It got into the mid fifties, with bright sunshine, and I just had to get outside. I went over to the Assabet River Wildlife Sanctuary, which I hadn't been to since late summer. Lots of others had the same idea, but very few of them ventured out into the woods so the solitude and quiet was very nice.

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It's not quite as warm today, but I still needed to get outside, so I took a walk down to the river where, although the paths are still covered in snow, I found evidence of winter's passing.



There is light at the end of the tunnel.

day out

Aug. 24th, 2013 08:39 pm
lizziebelle: (selfie)

green frog, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I finally went and got my hair cut today. It's been two months. Which doesn't sound like a lot, but my hair is short and grows fast, so I was feeling a little shaggy. It feels much better now!

After I left the salon, I went over to the Assabet Wildlife Refuge and wandered around for a couple hours. It was a beautiful day to be outside, as I'm sure this frog would agree.

It was good to get out and about. I really should do that more often.

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