a walk in the woods

Squirrel bokeh

I’ve taken SO many squirrel pictures….ho hum.

Don’t you hate it when you know you really should do something because it’s good for you, but you still don’t feel motivated to do it? I know I need regular time outdoors in order to feel well, but lately I’ve been spending too much time in the house. It’s partly because of the bad case of plantar fasciitis I’ve had since June; I usually suffer for days afterward if I walk longer than an hour at a time. But I’ve started to see a tiny bit of improvement recently, after several visits to the podiatrist and more dedication to my daily foot exercises.

Won’t somebody try these tasty worms?

As you know, my two usual motivations for going outside are the birds and/or photography. But right now the birding isn’t exciting me; we’re not even seeing the usual birds at our feeders. (I think we got a bad batch of seed…I’m going out to buy the good stuff right after I post this.)

And I’m feeling a bit of a letdown in my photographic inspiration now too, what with all the pretty leaves and flowers gone. The scenery around here is gray and boring.

But despite feeling unmotivated, I forced myself to go out for a walk in the woods today. I’m gathering dust here in this stuffy house and I don’t like it.

I did manage to get a bit of sunlight shining into the woods in this photo, but I’m still not inspired by this type of scenery.

These two mallards had the pond all to themselves today.

I walked around the pond at a local nature center and took a few photos to document the birds I saw (so I could enter them into eBird when I got home). There wasn’t anything exciting going on there — just a few types of sparrows, the usual heron, a couple mallards, and the ubiquitous chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, and blue jays. Ho hum.

I need something to excite me and help me get through this dreary time of year. I’m very excited about the impending birth of my niece’s first baby in Ohio (she’s in labor right now!), and I’m hoping my trip to visit family will be just what I need to get me out of this rut. The last time I went home to visit I had fun taking close up portraits of my family members, and I hope to do more of that this time. After all, how can it not be inspiring to photograph a new mom and her baby?

Even Mickey is bored!

I hate to say it, but I’m almost looking forward to a  little bit of snow to change things up around here! (The key words in that sentence are almost and little….)

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4 Responses to a walk in the woods

  1. littlesundog says:

    How awful to have to deal with plantar fasciitis. I recently came up with a strange case of lower back pain. I never have back trouble! So, I haven’t been able to do much, and it sure is upsetting having to ask for FD’s help in putting my socks on and tying my shoes! Nevertheless, I still get out and do a little, even if it is carrying a bit of deer chow down to the feeders and carrying the camera along “just in case”. I hope you get some relief soon; meanwhile, I enjoy all of your “ho hum” photos. The animal/bird world is never boring!

  2. Getting out in nature for a walk is my cure for everything. Well, that along with chocolate and a cup of tea. I’m sorry you are dealing with plantar fasciitis. My cousin was dealing with that when we were hiking in Scotland last year and it was not pleasant. And remember while you are watching your ho hum cardinals there are us Westerners who would give anything to see one at our feeders! 🙂

    • Kim says:

      I know I sound like I don’t appreciate our “everyday” birds, but I really do. But I wouldn’t mind loaning you some Northern Cardinals in exchange for a Calliope Hummingbird. (Just a short-term loan though!)

      By the way, I’ve just started reading “Wonder” and am really enjoying it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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