I'm feeling much better this week -- still a bit fatigued, but definitely more myself. After a real dip in the temperatures at week's end, today is supposed to be delightful. My last day off (Wednesday) started out rainy, chilly and grey. The weather turned around by noontime and I ended up having myself one fine day off with my camera at my side.
I had decided to go for a Trader Joe's run in Westfield. And, despite my disappointment over the summer with the algae and neglect in the nearby Mindowaskin Park, I walked over there to see what I could see. As I approached the park, some HUGE bird flew low directly overhead. Yipes! What the heck was that?
Following my last sighting of where it seemed to go, I found a gorgeous great blue heron. I guess I'm into cheap entertainment, because I watched him for a good hour as he stalked about the low waters, watching and waiting, and then ZOOM ... fish in mouth!
Canada geese, various ducks and a rambunctious squirrel or two made for the most enjoyable, yet quiet, afternoon I've had in a long, long time. The kids were all in school. The park had its walkers -- one woman walked laps around the park for the entire time I was there. A few folks were out with their dogs walking. Some young mothers were there with toddlers. A few people just sat on the benches and read books. It was a perfect day for a walk in the park!
Here's some of the gazillion photos I took -- clicking on an image will open it in a new window, clicking again will make it larger. Just close out that last window to return right here to the blog.
|Great blue heron in Westfield|
|After the rain|
This was the result of overnight rains as I walked in Westfield on Wednesday.
|Catching the early train|
Heading off to work early in the week. Plainfield Train Station.
|A crowd gathers|
Fred got beheaded, thus drawing curiosity seekers and looky-loos from near and far. Yes, the same fate could come to any of them at any time!
This is the third church building for the congregation. It was built in 1861, but the original building played a part in the Revolutionary War. The Westfield Presbyterian Church, adjacent to Mindowaskin Park.
|Get my good side!|
|Bowing ducks on a rock|
Just a note -- the water, while not sparkling clear, isn't really green as it seems to be in most of my photos. The green is the reflection of trees surrounding the water. We haven't gotten much color here yet this season.
|Female mallard duck|
|Love the wood duck!|
|Mallards on the rock|
|Wood duck on the move|
|Oh my. Inter-species (?) duck couple?|
|Got any food for me?|
|A duck and his reflection|
|Show me some wing!|
|Goose mug shot|
|I've got my eye on you!|
When the heron stood full-length like this, I swear he was nearly as tall as me!
|Goose amongst reflected trees|
|Leaving bubble trail|
You think the fish would catch onto the bubble trail wherever the heron went.
|Caught a fish|
Oops! Too late.
Watching the heron was mesmerizing. He'd stand for long periods of time like a statue, then stalk slowly, then stand tall checking out the scenery. But when he went for a fish, he was lightning fast.
|Walkin', walkin', walkin'|
Sure. He's sleeping because he's worked SO HARD all day long!
How was your week?