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Walktober

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Time to go for a walk!

Time to go for a walk!


It was a beautiful Monday morning when I drove to my favorite park, intent on capturing my “Walktober.” Every year I do Robin’s walk, and every year I think I want to do it out at Kensington Metro Park. But this was the first year I actually got out there.

Let's start out here, shall we?

Let’s start out here, shall we?

Have a seat. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t stop capturing images. And then how could I choose only a few? So this is going to get kind of long. You can skim if you want, or take your time and meander along with me.

Whatcha doing lady?

Whatcha doing lady?

That’s the benefit of heading out on a Walktober….there’s no real definition and you get to do whatever suites you best.

So here we go.

Back in the woods the trees were still mostly green, but there was a bit of red if you looked.

Standing out in all that green.

Standing out in all that green.

On the entire walk the sun and I were racing each other; big puffy clouds kept obstructing the light. I’d see an image and get all set up and then the sun would go under a cloud.

So I’d wait.

A touch of sunlight made things glow.

A touch of sunlight made things glow.

Inevitably the sun would peak out again, though sometimes only for a moment. I had to act fast.

Golden light.

Golden light.

Along the way there was a lot of detail to notice too. Like this fungus on the ends of a tree that had fallen…

Orange woodland ruffles.

Orange woodland ruffles.

…and the first of the bittersweet berries beginning to ripen.

Berries glow.

Berries glow.

This is the park where the little birds like to be fed. And even though there are signs not to feed the wildlife it’s hard to resist when they fly down and hover in front of your face hopefully.

What did you bring me lady?

What did you bring me lady?

This time I got really lucky. I’ve had chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers land on my hand before, but never a nuthatch. They’ve always hovered around, wanting to get something, but a little too scared. Not today!

I decided to trust you!

I decided to trust you!

At one point I dropped the rest of the seed in my hand onto the path and walked away. The little birds flew in to finish it off. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this guy swoop up to a branch overhead.

Looks like dinner down there!

Looks like dinner down there!

“Oh no you don’t,” I said. I marched myself right back there and waited until the little birds finished off the seed. Disappointed, Mr. Hawk flew off to find lunch somewhere else. Darned if I was going to present my birds to him for a meal!

A little way further up the path I came upon a clearing.

Inviting place to sit and think.

Inviting place to sit and think.

This land was donated to the park by the estate of George and Virginia Danz in 1997. It was the site of their summer cabin. It’s just beautiful and I sent them up a silent thank you.

It was such a beautiful day for a walk. As I came to intersections on the path I always took the one that sent me further away from the parking lot. I didn’t want to stop!

Pretty no matter which way I went!

Pretty no matter which way I went!

The path wandered in and out of the woods, along wetlands, and groves of ceder. The sun poked it’s way into the deep reaches of the woods. The birds sang. I didn’t see anyone else out there until I got back almost to the parking lot.

Enticing me to go further.

Enticing me to go further.

It just kept getting better and better.

Red pops.

Red pops.

I’m sure there’s a story about this old farm implement that was sitting way out there. All of this land used to be farm so maybe this was from the original owners. Or maybe it was put there to tell a story. Guess we’ll have to come up with one on our own.

Lost in the woods.

Lost in the woods.

There was something fun no matter where I looked.

You looking at me?

You looking at me?

Eventually I had to stop, so I headed back toward the car. Of course there was one last photo…and then another…

More color across the way.

More color across the way.

…and when I finally got back to the parking lot these two guys were waiting for me. Silly birds, they’re supposed to be heading south by now.

Is it time to leave already?

Is it time to leave already?

But I’m glad I got to see them up close and wish them safe travels.

I had such a wonderful time on this year’s Walktober. Thank you Robin for organizing this every year! You make me get out and take a walk!

Peachy.

Peachy.

And for all of you readers out there, there’s still time for you to go on your own Walktober. Take a walk. Urban. Country. Somewhere in between. Take a few pictures (you don’t have to go overboard like I did!!!) and link to Robin’s blog, or just comment in her blog, and she’ll organize it all at the end. The timeframe is from October 15 through the 23rd, with blog posts due by October 25. But she’ll stretch the timing for you if you need a few more days.

I’d love to see what you see in your worlds as you walk! Share with us!

Golden.

Golden.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

34 thoughts on “Walktober

  1. I love the idea of Walktober and this was a great post. I’d like to participate, but weather this week is pretty iffy. I missed the window for today, but maybe I can get out tomorrow.

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  2. I love this walk, Dawn. I wish I could have been there in person, but this is the next best thing. Such amazing sights! And feeding the little birds by hand! Thank you so much for sharing your walk with us. πŸ™‚ β™₯β™₯β™₯

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  3. That was a beautiful walk, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We’re supposed to have some dryer days coming up, so maybe I’ll get out there too.

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  4. Lovely. I looked at all the photos in photo viewer mode. I’d say that your theme for this walk is definitely red!

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    • Lots of red out there today! Met a couple who were just heading out when I was almost to the parking lot. They were disappointed in the color. I told them there was a lot of color they just had to look for it. I doubt they will walk far enough into the woods to see it though.

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful walk Dawn. The view is lovely! Makes me want to put on my walking shoes and head out with my camera πŸ™‚

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  6. Over from Robin’s … What a wonderful walk. Your fall is ahead of mine in Cincinnati – but it’s approaching. You definitely provided a peaceful walk for the season. Cheers.

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  7. Dawn, I’m just pea-green with envy that you’ve actually fed wild birds from your hand! That would be so cool. And how you managed to get a photo of it is just beyond me! What a lovely walk you’ve taken me on — thank you! Your part of the country is showing more signs of fall color than we are here, but since I so enjoy walking and taking photos, maybe I’ll take you up on your suggestion to participate in Robin’s walk this year!

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    • The little birds were initially put off by me holding a big black thing up to my face…but they got brave when it didn’t move. I focused on my hand first, so all I had to do was hit the shutter when they arrived. I used the blurry one of the chickadee because I liked the movement in the wing. I had a few shots of chickadees that weren’t blurry but they weren’t as interesting.

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  8. Dawn, that was a STUNNING walk! Not just the color (though GORGEOUS) but all those BIRDS — the little ones on your hands (!!!), the hawk in the tree, and all the others. What a treasure of a park, and I don’t think anyone could have done it greater justice.

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    • I love this park. It’s my favorite place to ride a bike, take a walk, run, picnic, take photos, just be. Thanks for the compliment. There are usually lots and lots of people out there with cameras with HUGE lenses – they’re shooting the blue herons, the eagles, the egrets, deer etc. They are dressed in camouflage, and have lots of equipment. They’re usually there very early in the morning. I avoid them by going mid-morning instead.

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  9. Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! My birthday is Thursday, if the weather is nice I am going to go for a walk too, but might have to leave Mr.Dakota at home!

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    • Yes….I have to leave Katie at home for these kinds of walks. I don’t tell her, but I think she knows anyway. I have to make it up to her by taking her somewhere special after. Or give her treats. Or both.

      Happy birthday in 2 days! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing where your walk takes you!

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  10. Thank you thank you for taking me along on your walk! What amazing photos- such beautiful foliage. A nuthatch eating out of your hand??? So amazing!! What are those large birds near the end with the red heads- I have never seen anything like them. You are so fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty and wonderful birds. Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed seeing every shot

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    • The big birds at the end of the post are sandhill cranes. They are usually around here in the spring through fall, but should be heading south soon. I never used to see them, and the past few years they’ve been everywhere.

      Thank you for the kind words about the photos. It was a fun walk. You should go on a Walktober yourself…we’d love to see your part of the world! You can link to Robin’s blog or just leave her a comment that you’ve posted about your walk.

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  11. Wow. A beautiful walk. Thanks for sharing your Walktober with us.
    No wonder you were so busy with your camera, so much to look at. I’ve had squirrels eating out of my hand before, but never birds. 😊
    Really wonderful. I enjoyed wandering with you. 😊

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  12. I thoroughly enjoyed walking with you, Dawn. I loved seeing the beautiful fall colors and the sweet, brave birds. I’m glad you saved them from being Mr. Hawk’s meal!

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  14. Beautiful walk–and the bird eating from your hand! Thanks for sharing.

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