A Walk By The River. Part 2.

Hello everyone on another sunny day here at Steve’s Country.  We did have a bit of rain overnight and there must have been thunderstorms in the area.  Muffin sensed it and hid under the bed.  I didn’t hear any thunder.  But I will trust her anytime.  And this morning the temperature was only 13C.  That’s only about 55.5F.  That is way too cool for July, even in this cold climate.  Oh well.  I hope that doesn’t mean something.  The main thing is, the sun is shining.  But you know, if we look at things right, the sun is always shining.  Just sometimes we can’t see it, that’s all.

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Moving to the right.

Okay, back to the river for part 2 of our walk this week.  From the initial location, which was so beautiful in itself, I turned to the right to follow the trail alongside the river.  I didn’t get far when I spotted a large white bird on the water.  A white pelican.  I have been wanting to get a picture of a pelican for some time now.  Finally.  Got one.  Actually, more than one.  It was a little far away, but I am happy with it for now.  It’s always so nice to get a picture of something different.

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My first picture of a white pelican. A big bird, over 5 ft (1.7m) long, wingspread of 10ft (3m).

I kept going.  I wanted to see if I could get a picture of our dam from here.  Sure enough, there it was.  I couldn’t see the whole thing though.  The trail ends at that spot.  Nothing but steep sloped ground ahead.  It’s the only way to get a picture of the whole dam though.  But it’s something to do next time.

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You can just see the dam in the back.

I decided to come back a bit to a nice spot I saw, just to sit, relax and enjoy the view across the river for a while.  It is just so calm and peaceful here.  People need to get out more often and enjoy nature.  If you live in a town or city and can’t make it to a country location, there usually is parks and other green spaces that you can go to and just relax for a while.  Enjoy the beauty of the trees, bushes, flowers.  Listen to the birds singing.  Watch them as they fly about.  Breathe in that beauty folks.  Stress, worry, anxiety will fly away quickly.  Allow that beauty to come in.  Think about it for a while.  Enjoy it.  Feast on it.  Stress can’t hang around long when we are doing that.

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Looking down river.

As I was sitting I saw a duck coming along the shore with her babies.  Fantastic.  I have been waiting for an opportunity like this.  It is a common merganser.  Amazing how those little ducklings can swim in that fast current.  Though I noticed they were taking turns riding on mom’s back.  Need a break now and then I guess.  I got some pictures but was hoping for something even better.  So I decided to try and get ahead of them.  I got as low as I could and started across this big rock outcropping.  I thought it was a good idea.  But I slipped.  And there was nothing to hold onto.  And nothing but deep water and terrible current below me.  I kept sliding as I desperately tried to stop myself.  It was kind of a steep sloping rock.

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Mother merganser and babies, one on her back, another holding on.

Finally I stopped.  A couple feet above the water.  There was some little ridges on the rock at that point which helped.  If I had gone into the river, well, no more Steve.  I would have been gone very fast.  But I managed to move slowly sideways until I reached a spot where I could jump off to safety.  Scared the ducks too.  Oh well.  I did get some good pictures anyway.  Really, I knew I shouldn’t have gone across that rock, but it was quicker and quieter than going around.  Sometimes I tend to take chances.  Never usually works out so good.  Well, I guess sometimes it works.  But I think I need to be a bit more careful.

That’s all for today folks.  I hope you enjoyed part 2 of my river walk.  Yes, part 3 will be coming.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

 

103 Comments on “A Walk By The River. Part 2.

      • Yes, right now Muffin is my only real responsibility to worry about, but I do have that taken care of in case something should happen to me. Still, I know, I need to be more careful. Thanks Sheree! Good to be reminded for sure.🙂🌞😸

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      • You are not single, your biggest responsibility is Muffin 😺😺 you are for her and she is for you. Just ask her how worried she is for you when ever you go out 🙀🙀
        Always take great care of yourself. 🙂🙂🙏🙏

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      • I agree, Muffin is my responsibility. Actually I think she just sleeps when I’m out, though after my vacation she does have a worried look about her whenever I go out the door. I do try to take care of myself and hopefully will do better in the future. Enjoy your evening Saba!😁😸🙂

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  1. Awww, what a view, and so cute babies and a proud mam.
    Take care Steve when you are going out for adventures.
    From me in Norway it was a bit special with the Pelican.
    Lovely.
    Thank you Steve.

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    • Thank you so much Lillian! Getting those pictures made that little walk very worthwhile, even though it’s beautiful anyway. Yes, I will certainly try to be more careful in future.😁🌞📷😸

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  2. Well Steve what to say? Thanks God for your safety and you should really take care and stop taking chances for the sake of good photos :/ especially when there are no people around or so, it’s dangerous!
    Of course the place is amazing and the pictures as well, this pelican shot is so good and must be a great walk for the second day in this beautiful place! You’re inviting people to go, probably when they do, it won’t be that enjoyable 😀
    Hope the weather will get better and glad the sun is shining despite 😁Have a great day 🌞😸

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    • Hello Huguette, yes indeed, thank God for my safety, too close really, it was scary for a bit. I think I will be a bit more careful from now on, especially since I’m always by myself. Yes, some places it’s nice to be alone or just with one other person.🙂 Always nice to share some things with someone else, makes it more special.😁 But, get too many people and peacefulness is gone.🙄The sun continues to shine but still cooler than it should be, nice though. Getting late your way, hope your night is good and tomorrow is great!!😃😺

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      • Yes sure you should! It’s your safety after all and it’s the most important 🙂 and yes too much people ruin the moment and the place as well😸
        Yes it’s actually more like spring or autumn but hope it will get better
        Yes almost midnight and wish you a great day ahead as well and mostly safe 😺 🌞

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  3. 😵 🤭 The things one does to get a decent pic!🙀 The ducks, pelican and river pics were great, but poor Muffin almost lost her owner!…Safe route is best 😆 I’m scared to see what the next part entails!😬

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    • Hi Renee, thanks for reading again. It was too close, must remember to be more careful in future. Next part is more calm. Hope you have a great evening!😃😺

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      • Fireworks is always good. Our Canada Day fireworks are not so great,😕 the big fireworks comes the first weekend of August, that’s our Harbourfest celebration.🙂

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  4. Good evening Steve, oh yes i remember the post about the river part1. I like rain, but every time when is a tunder i jump🤣maybe not always, but most of times😋😎😂, good to know tnat you got some rain as these there was hot as well in Canada. Picture of the pelican looks wonderful, you did good job. I like nature of Canda as much as i can see so far.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Ilona, yes, sometimes that thunder can be loud and sudden. Muffin hates it, I always used to like it until one thunderstorm flooded my apartment, now that’s what I think of when it storms. Thanks for your encouraging words Ilona. Are you going to be up for a while yet?😁😸🌙

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      • Yes Steve i m going to be up for a while😊🙂🤗you are welcome always pleasure to watch pictures and to read your blog, its still super hot here prayer for the rain, i went out today after i regret it😂i should stay home under the bed i think is the coldest place😂🤣😎

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      • Well, it was sunny but cooler here today, I think it was 22,😕 I miss your heat!🤪 And sitting looking out over the sea. And my guide.😁Hmm, Muffin goes under the bed, maybe that’s why, it’s cooler!😂😹

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  5. Be more careful, i think there are some save ways to take pictures, i m so sorry, i glad that you are fine, say hello to Muffin😊😋😎

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    • I will try to be more careful for sure, that one was a bit scary,especially when alone like that. I will let Muffin know when she wakes up, say hi to Leya for me. I’m glad you stopped by to chat a bit, always nice to have you here.😁🌙💛😸

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      • Well when you are alone you shouldnt risk your life for the picture, i will as soon as i will find her😁😋what is your next destination for the pictures?

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      • Yes, I guess that is true, I will try to do better. I will be going back to the river regularly, I’m sure there will be other good pictures down there, perhaps other birds, I would really like to get an eagle picture and they are at the river a lot. I am going to start taking picture all over town to do a town tour this winter, just so I don’t have to talk about snow all the time. Plus there are a couple hiking trails I want to check out as well.😁📷🚶‍♂️😃

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  6. Hey Steve! Its a wonderful Journey. And its lovely how nature hears you and comes for you, like the little group of ducks and sun shines during your little ride. This is exciting!. Thanks for the ride ✨🤗 So beautiful.

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    • Thank you so much Simon for reading my little adventures. I hope that spot will produce more picture opportunities over the summer. Enjoy your day/evening!😃😺🌞

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    • Thanks so much Leola! I actually got quite a few nice pics of the pelican and duck family. I think that spot might produce more good photos over the summer so I’m going to try and get down there as much as possible. Enjoy your day!😃😺

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  7. Every day a new adventure! Wonderful! It often happened to me to go for walks or hikes alone and find myself in difficulty. In those moments I think that I’m foolish to put myself in those situations, but then when I’m at home I want to go and have new adventures. Now that I have the baby though I almost don’t do it anymore. I can’t!
    Wonderful the pelican!
    Have a good day!

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    • Yes, that’s the way I feel all the time. I can understand now there needs to be changes for you with a baby. Sometimes I just don’t think at the time, I’m concentrating on something, like getting a picture and not thinking about what’s going on around me. I have been in a lot of bad spots over the last few years! Thanks for reading and a wonderful comment. Enjoy your day as well!😃😺

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