219: That first hill was a doozy

(Yesterday’s sunset.)

M and I finally got to take our new bikes out for a spin.  We woke up to clear skies, sunshine, and a mild breeze.  Perfect.  It was a little cool (around 50), but after going up the first hill I was thankful for the cooler temperature.  That hill was quite a doozy, followed by some smaller hills.  I had already anticipated the big hills.  The small hills, not too noticeable when I’m walking, are much more evident when I’m pedaling up them.

Sunset clouds with lens flare (lens flare added in Photoshop)

We didn’t go out for too long.  The grand total in mileage was 3.5 miles.  Time-wise, only 27 minutes.  It was a good start.  I was surprised by how tired my legs felt when we finished.  I should probably start using the elliptical on rainy days.  I think it will help strengthen my legs for cycling.  I’ve been using the treadmill and walking outdoors while the elliptical has collected dust (and been used as a drying rack for some of the clean laundry when I can’t hang it outside).

Fruit tree blossoms

I did not take the camera along on this first trip.  I need to get used to cycling again.  It’s been a while.  I did purchase a bag for my camera that will be attached to the handle bars.  When I upgrade to a DSLR sometime in the future, I’ll probably get a rack and padded bag for the back of the bike.  In the meantime, the current arrangement should work quite well.

Apple blossom opening to the sun

The first fruit tree blossom is an unknown to me.  We were given some fruit trees a while back and neither M nor I remember which is which.  Could be a plum.  Or an apricot.  Or something else.  I think this is the first time we’ve seen it blossom.

Big Red Ball plays hide and seek

I took a hike around the pond right after we returned from our bike ride.  It was so nice to feel the sun that I stayed out longer than planned.  I reminded myself several times that I have a ton of work to do.  I followed that up with a reminder that it’s going to start raining again tonight and there is rain in the forecast here for the next 10 days.  Best to enjoy the sunshine while I can.

I came across these two visitors at the pond on my walk.  At first I thought they were killdeers but upon closer inspection, I’m not so sure.  The markings don’t seem right.  The closest I can come from looking at photos at All About Birds is the Pectoral Sandpiper.  The region is right and the call sounded about right.

Shaggy lawn

M mowed the lawn for the first time this season.  I think we’re the only folks on this road (or within miles) that haven’t already mowed.  One of our neighbors has mowed three times already.  He’s one of those guys who mows about every other day whether it needs it or not.

Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for today.  I want to go out for another spin on the bike before the rain moves in later this evening.  I hope your Saturday was a good one.  🙂

25 Comments on “219: That first hill was a doozy”

  1. Bo Mackison says:

    So nice to finally see spring in your bog-land. Those bikes sound like a winner of a project. And your fruit trees are blooming! Our magnolias are out, but the apples, etc. have only a hint of green. Soon though, soon…

    • Robin says:

      Spring really has sprung now, Bo. The trees are all leafing now and it’s incredibly green. It would be nice if the rain would stop for a few days.

      The bikes are great. I’m looking forward to getting enough time in on mine so I’ll feel comfortable taking the camera along. That would require less rain. (I seem to have a rain theme going here.)

  2. That’s great that you finally got to take those bikes out – what perfect weather for it! I love the perspective of that last shot – isn’t it nice to see GREEN again?? 🙂

  3. The photo of sunset on the pond is amazing, Robin! Love it!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      Sometimes sunset is the only time we see the sun. It puts on a great display of color, as if to make up for not being around all day.

  4. Karma says:

    I love that first fruit tree blossom! Very pretty – you’ll have to let us know when you figure out which fruit it is. The little sandpipers are cute too. They look similar to the sandpipers that I see on vacation at the shore in Maine.

    • Robin says:

      I was reminded of the shore sandpipers too, Karma. I didn’t realize (until I took the photo and looked them up) that we get sandpipers here. It was a nice find. 🙂

      I think it’s a plum tree. I’ll know for sure when we get some fruit.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Congrats on the first bike ride of the year! Those sunset shots are stunning.

  6. Marianne says:

    Great going, Robin. I love “yesterdays sunset” and “sunset clouds”. I’m moving to a place where I’ll be better able to see the sunsets. I’m right in the middle of the move now. The last week has been challenging to say the least.

  7. Judith says:

    Glad the bikes got an airing. The sunset photo was absolutely amazing. Thanks again for sharing

  8. Meredith says:

    I’m glad you had a good bike ride, the first one of the season is always the best!

    • Robin says:

      It was nice, Meredith. 🙂 Hopefully the rain will stop making such a regular appearance and we’ll be able to go out for some longer rides.

  9. Congrats on riding your bike for the first time at last! I’ve realized I appreciate sunlight a lot more when it’s absent for relatively long periods of time. But you’ve gotten some really nice shots out of the rainy days, too.
    Beautiful sunset and beautiful blossoms! Do let us know what the first tree is when you find out.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, SunsetSeaSoul. 🙂

      Rainy days are good days for photographing flowers. The colors almost POP on dark days.

      I think it’s a plum but won’t know for sure until we see some fruit on the tree.

  10. Those are sandpipers for sure. Are they passing through? Last week at the marsh I saw some Greater Yellowlegs which are migrating through. Only shorebirds I saw.

    We finally got some Sun over the weekend, too. Hope the rains slows down soon. Flooding all over the country is really bad.

    • Robin says:

      I think they must be, Scott. Their summer range is up in Canada. It was a lucky sighting for me.

      It’s been raining heavily here all night. It might be time to build an ark. The animals are already lining up, two by two… 😉

  11. CMSmith says:

    You’re a great photographer. All of your photos are so beautiful and interesting.

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    The “fruit tree blossoms” picture is lovely. Ah, yes, I’ve started hearing the lawn mowers around here, too. Your bicycling plans sound so appealing!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. 🙂

      Now that it’s lawn mower season, my quiet walks will probably not be so quiet. The trade off is that at least it will be warmer. I hope. 😀

  13. investment says:

    I love staring at clouds!

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