73: Of ice and minks

(Today’s sunny day photo:  Lake Irene.  Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.)

It feels warm outside today.  It’s in the 30’s, which feels considerably warmer than the 20’s even if it’s only a matter of a few degrees.

(A pair of blue jays.)

The birds have finally found the bird seed scattered about in different feeders and they are chowing down.  We had a variety of birds at one of the feeders including a woodpecker and a couple of cardinals.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

The surface of the pond is almost completely frozen over now.  There are a few wet spots at the edges still.  If the ice stays uncovered by snow for another day or so, it ought to be excellent for ice skating.  I don’t think that will happen.  There is a snow storm to the west of us making its way here.  We’re supposed to get a few inches of the white stuff overnight.

I saw a mink today.  He was running across the pond on the thin ice.  He made it the whole way, too, from one side to the other.  He’s a cute little guy although I wouldn’t want to tangle with him as mink are said to have strong jaws and sharp teeth.

(Willow on ice.)

I hope it doesn’t snow too much.  We have a quick trip south to make tomorrow.  Our exquisite granddaughter, Emma, will be performing in a Christmas dance recital.  Snow here is no problem.  The roads are plowed and salted frequently and well.  But once we get an hour or so south, they get stupid about clearing the roads.  It’s as if we’re in a totally different state.

(Ice bubbles.)

Today’s instructions for my upcoming birthday fun are to AVOID ROUGHAGE.  I don’t know why they put it in all caps as if shouting it at the patient.  This seems like a relatively easy thing to do, one would think.  But if one is an almost-vegetarian whose diet is mainly roughage, well, it’s harder than you think.

(The last of autumn’s colors frozen in the pond.)

My daily diet is usually something like this:

  • 6-9 servings of veggies and fruit (heavy on the veggies because I’m not much of a fruit eater but have tried to fit in more seasonal fruits this past year)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups of whole grains.  Brown rice is a staple around here but I do try to mix it up with other grains such as barley, oats, and quinoa.
  • 1 cup of beans or legumes
  • An ounce of nuts or seeds
  • Fish or tofu as the other proteins but every now and then we’ll have some other meat if the occasion calls for it (turkey on Thanksgiving, for instance).
  • Eggs, usually for weekend breakfast.  Very moderate amounts of cheese.

As you can see, most of my diet is made up of roughage.  I gave up the white breads, white rice, white pastas, etc., several years ago.  I like cheese (a lot!) so I doubt I’d ever make it as a vegan, but otherwise I don’t include much dairy because I feel better without it.  The same is generally true when it comes to wheat products.  I eat them, but feel better when I don’t.

(Snow clouds above the white pines.)

Now I’m being instructed to eat the things I normally do not eat (and that we are all told we should not eat — such as white bread).  Doesn’t make much sense to me when you consider what the ultimate results of all these instructions are supposed to be.  Maybe there is a doctor out there who can explain it to me.

(Ribbons, lace, and sequins.)

Random greens

The Crater trail, RMNP.

Most of yesterday was taken up with laundry and shopping.  Those activities hardly seem photo worthy unless I’m at home and have nothing better to photograph.

So I thought I’d pick out a few random photos from the trip that fit the Green theme.  The first two photos were taken by M on the Crater trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I didn’t make it to the top of that hike due to not feeling well at the time.  I had to turn back about half way.  I gave the camera to M and asked him to take photos for me so I could see what there was to see.  He came back with some lovely photos of the breathtaking (almost literally!) scenery way up there above 11,000 feet.

The rest of the photos are mine.  The one above was taken at Lake Irene.  Lake Irene is a small lake and the hike around it is an easy 1-mile loop at an altitude of 11,840 feet.  It’s a nice little hike to start the day and get warmed up for more serious climbing and hiking.  It had rained the night before and the air was crisp, cool, and freshened by the cold front that brought the rain.  (I suspect the air is almost always pretty fresh and cool up there.)  The ground was dotted with all sorts of colorful fungi (such as the one M took a photo of above).  I took a lot of mushroom shots but want to wait until I get home to start posting some of them because I would like to have a good look at them first.  It’s nice to have the laptop so I can post, but the colors look a little strange on the screen and it’s hard to tell a good shot from a bad shot at times.

Lake Irene on a cool August morning

That’s about it from me for now.  I’m not sure what we’ll be doing today.  I know it will involve hiking.  And sweating.  It’s going to be in the 90’s today (and the rest of the week, for that matter).  The one thing I do know for sure is that I will be wearing my Vibrams at some point so I can take a photo of them on my feet for all you foot fetish people out there who requested one.  😉