The sun only visits at random intervals this May, but last Tuesday he dropped in for a few hours and Charles and I took advantage of the warmth and brightness and the faint spring breeze to go on a little safari and investigate the wildlife at Ginty's pond.
Down the road, a left turn at the highway and then again when we came to the road to the Upper bench, across the little bridge that crosses Keremeos Creek and we stopped to see how the water was flowing.
We passed fields of Dandy-Lions and Mama Cows and their calves having breakfast.
through those modern perpendicular orchards with lovely, bright
pollinizers at the ends of every fifth or sixth row
(aside - terribly efficient but not very romantic)
along the road that spans the upper end of Ginty's Pond
and around to where the bullrushes grow and the wetlands are home to
all sorts of wildlife.
We looked for turtles, sunning themselves on the logs, but none were there.
No frogs on the lily pads, but down at the end of the pond
we spied a family of raccoons, the parents being very large to our way of reckoning
and probably they have made their home there for many years,
unmolested and well fed.
Across the way two nesting geese were enjoying the water and the warmth of the sun,
although Mother Goose gave us fair warning not too come too close.
Father just looked majestic and aloof, as he floats along in the background.
A pair of wood ducks slipped along the edge of the pond, - this father not only being
majestic, but also most handsomely dressed in harlequin colours
A last look for signs of bloom on the lily pads
we cast our eyes on the snow clad mountains to the north
and ended our morning outing talking to an old friend who is
spending his retirement mornings lending a hand at
We drove into the yard to find our great grandson on his
fire-engine red birthday tricycle,
delighting his Grandma and Grandpa.
What a lovely morning!