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28 Jun 2018

Springtime Review

Hear me jabber a bit about what I was up to outside work in the last three months, and see photo thumbnails in a compact format! :D

Spring is my favourite season. It's so much fun observing new plants starting to grow every week, or maybe even every day, in early spring. Gives my mental health a boost, and tempts me to take my camera and myself outside. While I procrastinated on going to the arboretum until the rhododendron bloom was over, at least this year I did not let the wisteria and magnolia bloom pass entirely undocumented.

Photo of a single, half-open magnolia blossom
Photo of a single, half-open magnolia blossom
Photo of a single dog rose flower
Photo of a single dog rose flower
Photo of pale violet wisteria flowers
Photo of pale violet wisteria flowers
Photo of sakura branches with both blossoms and first leaves
Photo of sakura branches with both blossoms and first leaves
photo of young maple leaves against a dark hedge
photo of young maple leaves against a dark hedge
photo of cuckoo flower blossoms against shaded grass
photo of cuckoo flower blossoms against shaded grass

I also had some good luck with birds this year. The highlight was spotting a fieldfare nest built int he fork of a tree trunk, a spot that did not get hidden behind leaves. Another was semi-regularly visiting a pond where a pair of ducks and a pair of moorhens raised their young. I was also very happy about finally catching a decent photo of one of the feral ring-necked parakeets.

Photo of a fieldfare flying off its nest
Photo of a fieldfare flying off its nest
Photo of a fieldfare on its nest
Photo of a fieldfare on its nest
Photo of a fieldfare foraging on the ground
Photo of a fieldfare foraging on the ground
Photo of an adult moorhen and three chicks
Photo of an adult moorhen and three chicks
photo of a moorhen on an algae-green pond
photo of a moorhen on an algae-green pond
Photo of a mallard duckling and its mother
Photo of a mallard duckling and its mother
Photo of a male mallard swimming
Photo of a male mallard swimming
Photo of two crows
Photo of two crows
photo of a blue tit sitting on a bare twig
photo of a blue tit sitting on a bare twig
Photo of an adult starling feeding a juvenile one
Photo of an adult starling feeding a juvenile one
Photo of a wood pigeon sitting in an acacia tree.
Photo of a wood pigeon sitting in an acacia tree.
photo of a european goldfinch
photo of a european goldfinch
Photo of a ring-necked parakeet in a bare tree
Photo of a ring-necked parakeet in a bare tree

The pond has some other wildlife, as has the neighbourhood in general, but I'll get to that some other time. Wrapping up the photo part with a few snapshots:

Photo of a pond showing lilipads and tiny fishes in the water
Photo of a pond showing lilipads and tiny fishes in the water
Photo of a red squirrel foraging on a lawn
Photo of a red squirrel foraging on a lawn
photo of a red squirrel sitting on a lawn
photo of a red squirrel sitting on a lawn

So I've been getting more fresh air and exercise. Other things that did me good included doing social things, and reducing computer time in the evening and morning in favour of more sleep, and to reduce procrastination of going to work.
Drawing has not happened as much as I hoped, and writing practically not at all. I've got some things, mostly sketches, that I want to post soon, so there's that. Oh, and I put all art and writing content from my old website up here. There are some descriptions missing, as well as most content from the blog, but after how long I've been putting that off, that's something to be happy with.

In summary, spring was for me not quite as good as I'd hoped, but still very enjoyable. :D

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