And the Living is Easy

Considering how much of my time is spent alone walking and camping, recent weeks have been downright hectic. I’d just barely finished camping with my kids for two weeks when Leslie’s brother Jeff and his wife Debbie came for a visit. Luckily they enjoy walking nearly as much as we do, so we took them to Theler Wetlands for a walk, along with granddaughter Mira.

It must be late summer because the Cedarwaxwings are back feeding on nearly-ripened berries.

Cedar Waxwing

I even managed to capture a shot of (I think) a Hammond’s Flycatcher,

Hammond Fly Catcher

though it wouldn’t surprise me if if was another kind of flycatcher.

As I suspected, the Goldfinches were out in numbers taking advantage of the thistles that have finally bloomed. We saw lots of Goldfinches.

Goldfinch feeding Young

However, I think this is my favorite shot,

Goldfinch in Thistles

a perfect illustration of how easy living can be in the summer.

Life is also easier if great-uncle Jeff is willing to carry you the last half mile up the hill to the parking lot.

Mira and Jeff

Another great summer day.