Well, that was a long time. I haven't blogged much, but it's been mainly because of lack of inspiration. The landscape has afforded very few opportunities for nice photos and that's what usually gets me inspired to write in this space. Today was pretty nice for at least part of the day, and the sun shone for enough of the day to get me outside and I even took a few photos. By the time I took them it was after five and the sun was being overwhelmed by haze. Or maybe just whelmed. But I was enough inspired and frankly, I usually enjoy the process of writing here and was beginning to miss it. So the hiatus is over for a while.
On the subject of the first photo. This is my personal wild rabbit who lives in the back yard. There are, or were, two others in close proximity. There have been instances when when there were three of them in the yard, all eating off the tops of crocuses or lilies or any other green plant that dared to rise from the ground and bare it's leaves. Those rabbits were hungry bunnies. I set about trying to discourage their continued residency in the yard. Every time I'd go out and discover them chomping on "my" vegetation, I'd make it a point to chase them around the yard until they exited to the neighbor's place. I didn't know if it would work, but I made it a little stressful for them to remain. I kept it up for about a week. It may have worked. I haven't seen any of the three in several days. That may just mean that an eagle got them, but I like to think that my strategy worked. This is a photo of the most brazen of the three before he left the yard.
It was a beautiful Sunday for most of the day. I had a walk around the neighborhood in the morning with NCW and then did about an hour of yard work. I raked the front lawn and spent some energy sweeping up the crushed rock that I'd deposited on the ice on the sidewalks a couple of months back to keep from falling and breaking a leg or a skull. I think I'll be able to use the rock again next year, because I think the ice will return. This is another recycling strategy and I feel pretty good about it.
After about five o'clock NCW and I took a trip over to Minnehaha Park to see how the falls are doing. And to get a little exercise. The creek has high water and the falls are roaring. I've posted so many photos of the falls in the past that this time I'm posting a photo of the nearby Hiawatha and Minnehaha statue on the island in the middle of the raging creek. We walked around the park a bit, too. There were lots of people out and about. The Se Salt restaurant at the park was open and humming. A line of hungry Minneapolitans strtched out the door. There were bikers galore going by and I even saw a young guy running in shorts without a shirt. After all, it was nearly 60º.
Hiawatha and his maiden, Minnehaha, are situated in the same spot since they were placed there in 1911 - over a century ago. The leaves of the surrounding bushes are just beginning to emerge. Spring!!!
Hooray, hooray, the fifth of May,
TT's blogging resumes today.