I haven’t gotten into birding too heavily yet, but it is yet another hobby I’m interested to explore. Photos like this one encourage me to get into it!
Thanks to Bryan and Jess for CC licensing this photo.
That’s right, I’ve made some more Blythe scarves. Those little bits of yarn keep existing until I turn them into something, so here we have two more scarves.
There is something extremely satisfying about a basic garter stitch, even though it’s not particularly technical or difficult. Seeing the stitches so even and the edges wrap around in their pretty, consistent pattern is really happy-making. I also love seeing color variation develop in garter stitch.
And then the Toby Scarf, which can also be worn as a wrap, since it’s wider.
I took a walk around Heritage Park at lunch today and as I was circling the lake, I saw a hugongous bird.
There are usually a bevy of ducks around and occasionally a goose or two, but I’ve never seen a heron in the park before. I definitely haven’t seen any creatures this large.
I couldn’t believe how close he was to me! As I walked around the corner (he was near the short end of the lake) I kept taking photos and he didn’t even flinch. He was busy listening carefully and then stabbing his beak into the water to eat whatever it was he was listening to, so I got a bunch of photos. I really like the reflection in the one above, despite the not-so-prettiness of the algae. After awhile, though, he decided to move on and flew away. His wingspan was easily four feet, probably larger (I’m terrible at estimating).
More photos on flickr.
*edited: turns out it’s a Great Blue Heron, not a Grey Heron. Thanks, @redcrew!
Bird by Rita Murphy is the story of Miranda, a wisp of a girl who is easily carried away by the wind. When she’s caught up and blown far away, she is left with little recollection of where she came from or who she is, so when Wysteria Barrows finds her in the branches of an elm tree and takes her home, Miranda willingly comes along. She soon learns that Wysteria is hardly a caring guardian but does provide Miranda with food, shelter, and a sense of routine. Wysteria is the widowed wife of a sea captain, a harsh woman who brings Miranda to live with her in the cliff-side Bourne Manor. Wysteria is less than talkative and the Manor seems to keep just as many secrets as its mistress.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m going to leave the summary at that. This book completely sucked me in and didn’t let go until I was done with the story. It’s got that timeless quality that makes the spookiness and mystery resonate deeply with the reader. I definitely recommend this one.
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