This spring day was no exception. It was Good Friday-- the day, as it happened, between NBC News' report that the U.S. was threatening a preemptive strike on North Korea, and the Day of the Sun, the Saturday when North Korea was expected to display the kind of provocation that could lead to that preemptive strike. So I was walking with that "this could be our last hike before World War III starts" feeling.
It was a beautiful day. It was sunny, the temperature in the 60s (the teenager took off their sweater and hat just after the above photo was taken), and spring wildflowers were everywhere. The trees were leafing out and still that intense yellow-green. Animals were sort of scarce, with the exception of birds and bugs-- no turtles this time-- but the flowers made up for it. We talked a lot, about big stuff, but only a little bit about the potential end of the world.
I would be remiss at this point if I did not include this photo which my child insisted I take. This architectural detail is part of a water treatment plant along the road just shy of Brunswick. My child was greatly amused by the "doors-to-nowhere" effect. Water treatment plant workers: be careful! There were also some random wooden barn-door things (not shown) stuck on the sides of the building, again apparently just because they looked rustic, not for any actual purpose.
behind a tree after they noticed us noticing them. As always on the canal towpath, we heard a ton of woodpeckers but could not see them. And we got some photos of this egret:
There was also this, sticking out of a crevice in a tree, so high up neither of us could have reached it. A very tall man might have been able to (and indeed must have?). It was a very long, thin jawbone of something, with teeth, along with some other assorted sticks and stuff. Very Blair Witch Project.
Extra credit participation: what kind of animal is this??