Saturday, January 29, 2011

Close Encounters

While the east coast was being hit with 19 inches (or more) of snow (I'm not jealous or anything.....grrr!) This last week in my neck of the woods has actually been pretty dazzling. At least once the fog burns off. On Friday, it was such a day - reaching 62 degrees with gorgeous sunshine.

So, my friend, Becky, and I decided to take advantage of this rare January treasure and take a walk along the river. She'd never walked along this part of the path, so I enjoyed pointing out all the wildlife that I usually see along the way - the mallard ducks, the Canadian geese, and the logs where the turtles sun themselves later in the season. Sydney was a very happy camper and she opted to direct our attention to another species of wildlife.....the nutria.

In case you don't know what a nutria is (because I didn't know until about 5 years ago), it looks like a cross between a beaver and a rat. It's really kind of a disgusting creature, so trust me, as soon as I snapped this picture I yanked Syd away so that she wouldn't get bit by it. It's funny what a difference a tail on an animal makes - if this guy had a flat, wide tail - and was a beaver, I'd admire it for its industriousness. If it had a fluffy tail like a squirrel, I'd probably think it was cute. But, that rat-like tail....ewwwwwww - it just kind of screams, "gross".

Becky and I had a splendid time - so I had to mark the occasion with a picture. I'm not super great at taking pics of myself without setting up a timer. I think it's funny that in this image, you see the shadow of my hand and the camera. Incidentally (and sadly), these pics will probably be the last from my little red "point and click". I dropped it while the telephoto was extended and this time, it's not coming back to life. Given this camera - on two different occasions - has mysteriously erased a set of photos (once in Disneyworld, the other time while we were camping), it's not super reliable to begin with. But, it also goes to show just how dangerous I am to electronic devices.....

The kids have both Friday and Monday off (grading day and budget furlough day), so we chose to head straight to the Schillings after school. This was the scene from their driveway:

There will be very little to report this weekend - pretty much just me reading, napping, and eating - not much more than that going on. Just the way I like it!

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

We are having beautiful weather here, too. It was sunny and 70 degress. Although I didn't take any walks along the river, I did spend some time in the swing as the boys played at my moms. I tried to get them out of the house today. They have both had strep throat this week. So, it was a GREAT day to be outside! Sorry to hear about your camera:(, but maybe a new one?:) Buying new cameras are always fun! I hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing!