Friday, May 23, 2008

Nature Day...

It's nature day here on Michelle's blog...=) I had a moment to sift through all of the pictures we (okay, Tzanko...) took at the park over the weekend and had to share the cuteness...so warning: snuggly goodness and a picture-heavy nature post coming your way!

Stanley Park is but a step from our door, and we regularly go for walks around this little lake that's on the way to the beach. There's tons of wildlife and babies there right now, and they're all out and about. This is the scene: Snuggly baby goslings. =) Goslings? I think that's the name for baby geese....Anyways, they look so cuddly! The mummy geese, however, are super defensive and always ready to chase you away if you get too close. Scary!! Don't know how Z got these close-ups..lol....=)

There are a lot of swans there year-round, and there were a few nests...but no babies yet. We found what seems to be the only nest full of eggs the other day just off the pathway so we'll have to watch it and see if we can see them hatching when its time...=)
There are also snuggly little ducklings swimming behind in packs of 8 with their parents....so cute!! They're super fast in the water, zipping around like crazy....he he...and when they're not swimming or jumping up onto rocks, they sleep snuggled together...aww...
And the turtles hopped up onto rocks and logs to soak in the sun - we hadn't even seen turtles at the lake ever, so that was cool! You can see them swimming, too..they just poke their heads out...so funny!And we saw this crane hunt and catch a fish or two..so very cool. See the turtle on the log behind him?

And there are also always raccoons here, and they are quite people friendly...they love the snacks everyone gives them...and they (and the swans, birds, and squirrels, too...) walk right up to you and grab the food from your hands....he he. Did you know raccoons swim? I had no idea until we saw a few in the water....and this guy climbed all the way to a stump on a very tall tree:And its unbelieveably green and full of colorful flowers here right now:
Wow, it looks like we went on a giant nature expedition, when really its just a 20 minute walk around the lake...lol. Feel so lucky to live here and close to all this nature...=) And its so fun to watch the same animals and figure out their habits and things day after day....so cool!

Anyways, I'm out...back to work. Or back to waiting for work to come in, wishing I was at home working. The animation project is seeming further and further from being done, even as I stay up til the wee morning hours...there's always a point where it gets boring and feels like it will never get done, and I was there last night. Feeling totally unproductive and like its impossible to finish right now..but I know it'll pass! It's just frustrating...not to mention I keep getting lovely stuffs in the mail that I want to make stuff with and I can't!! And one starts to feel lumpy and gross after eating and sitting on ones bum in a chair at a computer literally all day long wishing they had time to go for a run. Argh. Only a week, only a week. At least there's hot chocolate to get me through the day. I'm hankering for piles of real chocolate.

Annnd we just realized that our big impromptu martini and art gallery date on Friday was actually our 6-month wedding anniversary...he he...how cool is that?? We've been married for 6 months already! Duude...=) Soo cool. Happy weekend, everybody!

16 comments:

Laura said...

those pictures are so lovely! How lucky to live so close to the park. I think I want to move to Vancouver now! :)

CandiMandi said...

You are such a better person than me! haha You have nature day while I have shopping day....
pics to come! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love it - glad you can enjoy this all the time!!! Even in the rain.
Love Mom
Have a great weekend.

Jodie said...

that is just so sweet those little babies look so fluffy, almost like bunnies.
and a racoon...never seen one of those, but they look so adorable.
you are lucky to have such a beautiful place to walk.
my walk across the road these days involves a soccor field of players, and a bowls club full of drunk idiots or old bowlers..lol
i miss my old place by the beach ahh.

xx

mandy22 said...

.I LOVE THE PHOTOS GOOD JOB Z!!! I wish I could get photos of babies like that....Miss you guys...

inara said...

those pics are gorgeous and happy 6 month anniversary! I just celebrated my 6 year, so i guess now I'm finally officially an old married person.

Lilith said...

nice walk in the park...! always make sure you have your camera with you, I do the same!
and..happy anniversary:)

Jules said...

Oh my goodness those are the cutest photos!! Lucky goose!

Jill Deiling said...

i looove those pics! so fun to look at :)
i hope you get time to start scrapping more soon, and not have to work so much!

danilouwho said...

I have such a soft spot for little ducklings!

Love all this cuteness, how lucky to be able to see so much on just a walk!

YAY for 6 months!! :)

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Chelsea said...

eeeek!! babies!! my favorite picture is the raccoon :)

Michelle said...

Wow lots of cool nature photos. Good job to Z! I know that feeling that you are describing. I plan to go for a run tomorrow morning. You can get through this one more week!

So I met Lizee for the first time today. We were sitting at lunch and she asked if you & I had met IRL yet and then we got to wondering how tall you are...I think we might have finally found something different between us!

amywelch said...

awwww I love those photos!!!

April said...

Michelle...beautiful photos...so fun to look at....who does not love a baby goose...?

DonnaBD said...

Cool nature photos!

Hope your anniversary was wonderful.

Michelle said...

I love these pictures!! The park looks so beautiful and peaceful!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!! :]