Friday, 14 February 2020

Splashes of Red




In honour of St. Valentine's Day, I thought I'd post some pictures containing the colour red. This proved to be a bit of a challenge as I naturally gravitate towards greens, yellows, blues and grays.

So, scraping the barrel, here are some 'reddish' containing photos.

Cold enough for ya? Yes, but it's a 'dry' cold.


This Red-Bellied Woodpecker's belly has more of an orangish smudge.


The tint of his feathers depends very much on light conditions.


A female Piliated Woodpecker wears an eye-catching hat.


Stuffed by a house-wren, the box was made and painted by my brother.


My trusty old snow shovel/exercise tool.


Red Ribbons on my snow boots.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Best Result Yet!

This morning was quite overcast but mild and windless. Perfect for a snow-shoe hike to our bush lot. Each step sunk a couple of inches into the fresh, fluffy snow. The result was a good cardio workout.

Starting out on the morning's trek to the back of our property.


A lonely bird box awaits Spring and returning tree swallows.


I see that a neighbour enjoyed a snow mobile ride here.


Stopping for a breather near the edge of our bush lot.


Heading for home. Enjoying the soft blue winter stillness.


After this hike and following a fifteen minute rest, my blood pressure monitor showed my best reading yet! In decades! The little arrow was well into the green zone. Lovely! Mind you, I'm still taking half of my prescribed beta blocker pill (much to the consternation of the pharmacist) but if my diet/exercise regime continues to show good results, I plan to discontinue the medication entirely. 

Now that's more like it! Dad and his horse power also look pleased.


The results are clear. Take a hike old girl! At least once a day!