But Teddy Rosalie was within her rights. She’s been cooped up way too much for way too long, and it was a nice autumn day – cool enough that someone who insists on wearing a sweater 24/7 wouldn’t pass out from the heat.
So, off we went to Walton Woods Park so Teddy Rosalie (hereafter called, TR) could see if for herself.
Unfortunately, like so many kids, TR could not resist climbing on that big rock just inside the entrance:
Nor on the smaller rocks just a small way down the path. Those rocks made me nervous because they’re so close to the water:
Finally I managed to get her off the rocks and onto the path, and as soon as we rounded the corner, TR found this fallen log:
A little ways further on, there were 6 deer – 3 on each side of the path! TR had never seen deer and got scared. Good thing ’cause it kept her quiet so I could get some shots of this very tame fawn. I was so glad I had turned off the sounds to my camera, including the shutter click, so as not to startle any wildlife. Didn’t matter, that fawn came right up to the path where we were standing, munching happily on mushrooms and leaves.
The fawn and its mom and sibling finally took off into the woods when a gentleman on a bike came past. I don’t know why that startled them as other bikers had previously gone past; maybe, the deer were simply done with their lunch.
Once that “danger” (in TR’s mind) was over, TR got back to her mischievous ways. She now discovered tree-climbing:
A ways further on, we took a narrow unpaved path to the water’s edge (unwise, I know, considering my companion). TR so wanted to climb into the bushes to see the water better:
At that point, I’d had enough and we turned back. I’m so glad TR didn’t see this really tall tree:
You’d think by now TR would be worn out, right? But she still had plenty of energy to run ahead:
By the time we got back to the little footbridge, TR was tired enough to sit awhile, looking for fish and frogs:
What I saw, and she didn’t, was the silver-dollar sized turtle sunning itself on a log:
And then jumping off that log and swimming away:
I love my new camera with its 35X zoom lens and totally silent functioning. That turtle stayed just long enough for my purposes.
I carried TR the rest of the way. Good thing ‘ cause she didn’t see the chipmunk:
She would have chased it, I know.
Our little outing complete, we headed home. TR is now resting on her shelf, and I am done for the day.
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