Morning Walk Rewards: Turkey Trots

Photos (cell phone) from my morning walk today.

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Waiting for Lunch : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Anticipation”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Anticipation”.

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Both photos taken at Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, California , April 2018

After the Rains

Went out for a walk today morning  with my dog Skooby.  It had been raining off and on last few days.  Not that heavy but somewhat consistent rain to soak the grounds and make the dry creeks flow again.  A heavy mist was covering the nearby hills making the valley look like a surreal work of art.  My old cell phone camera was ineffectual in capturing nature’s art.

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Frolicking Guests of Randol Creek

Rain brings the promise
Nature’s bounty in display
Dry creek starts flowing
Invitation to frolic sent away
Guests arrive from far
It’s play time, nature says
Welcoming creek bosom waits
Opening her heart for guests to play

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The visiting mallards play hide and seek with me.  Whenever I have my camera with me during my walk, they are no where to be seen.  When I have my cell phone they will be out there in force.  Today just happened to be my cell phone only day.  With my dog Skooby in toe, I decided not to go too near.  These birds are skittish and fly really well.  Result is a out of focus photo. Oh well. Hope one day I shall be able to take a BOF photograph.

Navigating Traffic : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Challenge”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Challenge”.

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Photo by author : October, 2018, Guwahati, Assam, India

The photo above was taken during Durga Puja in Guwahati.  The lone policeman ( seen at left center) had his hands full trying to control traffic in a square where five roads meet. While he had a challenge at his hands, our challenge was to cross the square without getting hit.  Everyone wanted right of way at the same time.

 

Cactus Flowers and Shade Trees : Tuesday Photo Challenge – Backyard

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Backyard“.

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Backyard trees in the morning sun as seen from my breakfast nook.  All the trees are in my backdoor neighbors yard.  Flowers and leaves from the trees make my backyard quite dirty but they provides nice shade in summer afternoon as the sun moves to the western sky.  Therefore I have learnt to tolerate the extra work and coexist.

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Photo above is from my extended backyard. Couple of minutes walk from my house is a creek. Nearly a kilometer long portion of  the creek divides the newer and older areas of the subdivision. The creek runs completely dry in summer.  On our side of the creek, the trail by the side of the creek is shaded by trees and on the other side is a wide trail.  In summer the creek bed is choke full of  dry reeds that give shelter and nesting environments to wild birds and animals, mainly quails, ground squirrels, gophers, moles and hares. Saw these beautiful cactus flowers during morning walk with my dog, Skooby. 

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Note: All photos taken by author on September 5, 2018. Please ask or cite source for reproduction.