Yeah, yeah, but they also cancel hiking trips.
The first weekend of April I had big plans to get back on the trails, making up for the time I'd spent in Arizona. BUT - the weatherman warned that an "atmospheric river" was barrelling it's way towards Oregon, packing high winds and plenty of rain. And like an unwanted house guest, it of course timed its arrival for the weekend.
|Bird feeder bandit|
Like a true Oregonian, I don't mind hiking in the rain - I've done it many times. But the combination of heavy rain and high winds meant the possibility of downed trees. Trekking through the woods in a windstorm is not the safest activity. So I sucked it up and stayed home.
|Trying to hide|
Sunday morning, I was drinking my morning tea while watching raindrops batter the windows. Then I noticed a very soggy squirrel doing acrobatics on our bird feeder.
|You lookin' at me?|
The rain didn't appear to bother that furry rascal in the least! I grabbed my camera and began snapping shots.
After awhile Mr. Squirrel got tired of seeing my camera through the window, and beat a hasty retreat.
|First flowers of spring|
So I trained my lens on other things. Such as these brightly colored flowers in our garden. The first bulbs to bloom!
|Our ducks returned!|
Every spring a pair of ducks make their home in our backyard pond. As luck would have it, the female duck decided to waddle by.
|Duck and tulips|
Of course, ducks don't mind the rain at all!
After the squirrel departed, a flock of doves decided it was safe to visit the bird feeder. This little dove was eating the seed that had spilled on the ground below.
|Doves braving the downpour|
One pair of doves perched themselves on our backyard fence. The rain was coming down in sheets, but it didn't seem to bother them at all.
Our neighbors have a tree that blooms in lovely pink flowers every year. Combined with our pear tree blossoms it makes a colorful sight. And I swear I take the same image each April.
Although I didn't get to partake in any outdoor activities, I didn't totally miss out. That weekend the outdoors decided to come to me!
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