Monday Walk: A Race (Part 1)

Life is one long, continuous race,

it is only when you reach the finish line do you realize

you were your only competition.

~ Frederick A Babb


It was a quiet Sunday morning, an egret was posing there for a photo . While walking along the trail, I saw an egret was there fishing for breakfast.


Minutes later, Mr. Cormorant hopped on a tree trunk, then flipped his wings, as if he was announcing the race.


A few participants were doing their stretches. Ms. Duck was getting ready for the race. 


She then tried to show off her new sliding trick. 


Cormorant Jr. made a couple of splashes, but quickly took off with his wings stretched widely. 



Duck Jr. did not follow the “ready, set, go” rule, he took off!  But, Egret Jr. geared up right behind him, “Buddy, I’m coming!”


When I was walking out in the field, I saw two ducks were racing in the woods. 


The race got a little more exciting later. Stay tuned 🙂  

There has been an annual cleanup in the nature preserved parks, lake areas, and trails going on.  Hundreds of volunteers, including high school students, have participated this noble program. This city environment project works like this: the first group is organized for picking up litters, another group comes to cut dead branches (but they leave branches, trunks, and leaves in the field), and the third group starts spreading wildflower seeds and plant new trees in designated places.


Hikers and walkers are not allowed to feed these wild birds, disturb them for taking fun photo, or stir up their routines. 

Jo is taking us to FARMS OF CACELA for a beautiful spring walk! Enjoy the blue sky and green field, join us. 🙂 


Have a great week! 


93 thoughts on “Monday Walk: A Race (Part 1)

  1. I had fun walking here with you, Amy, enjoyed the race and all the participants. Great photos! And I so appreciate knowing and seeing the clean-up efforts–it helps the parks immensely and instills good environmental ethics as well as pride. Great post dear Amy~~ 😀

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  2. Totally LOVED this walk with you, Amy. Beautiful images to start my day off in the right direction. As for the volunteers cleaning up, this news brings such HOPE to my Heart that people are really beginning to care again about this great planet of ours. Great post, and I do thank you! Love, Amy

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  3. Good morning, Amy. Love your photos, as always. I, also, appreciate the knowing of the clean-up routine. Why leave branches, trunks, and leaves in the field? Wouldn’t remove them look better?


  4. Another great collection of beautiful bird photography. It’s so nice to see the parks cleaned and maintained for everyone’s enjoyment. I know I appreciate 🙂


  5. Wonderful images Amy and as always I love the narrative you put with it. Your opening quote is brilliant! So great to see a clean up like that going on. We have that kind of thing by our river too.


  6. thanks for the nature walk (race) what a great way to start the week and what a fun post to get back into blogging gear! and seriously Amy – your wildlife photos are always a pleasure to soak up – and the “walk” just make them come to life more….
    ❤ ❤


      • oh you are sweet – and yes – had a wonderful time – but it was opposite of what I expected – and last year was realizing and I came home refreshed – this year was exhausted and I came home to need sleep (not too cranky though -ha) but this trip was also longer and we did a lot more – and well, next year on my trip to see my mom – we are already planning to change it up – and we might head to the keys and bask in the sun instead of running around visiting family coast to coast. it will miss out on the family time – but maybe that will be okay for that year – we’ll see…
        and thanks for asking –


        • That is a long driving… I can see why it’s so tiring. Well, at least you got some sleep. Hope you’ll rest up soon from your vacation. 🙂 ❤


          • yeah – it was truly one of those where you needed a vacay after the vacay – but so glad to have time with my momma – and other friends and family – and such a nice time to get away from snow – so it really was sculpting for the soul – ❤ ❤


  7. Kudos to the high school students for cleaning up the area. Hopefully it will be more homely to birds. That is certainly some sliding trick indeed by that bird. You know, Amy, you tell your stories so well. I could easily imagine you doing a picture book for kids or adults 🙂

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    • Isn’t the program cool?! This is part of after school education for these young students. I didn’t know I was telling stories, I really tried hard to get these action photos connected 😀 I so appreciate your comment, very flattering, Mabel. 🙂

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  8. Such amazing shots of these gorgeous birds Amy and I love the program they have going there. It’s awesome! Thanks for sharing. 😀 ♥


  9. Your introductory quote predisposed me and I anxiously started walking with you to meet the participants and watch the race.I would never have expected to see everything so well organized!It was also interesting to see the ethos of the athletes bearing the spirit of noble competition …
    How wonderfully and charmingly you set up the scenery and distributed the roles !Stunned by the performances of the amazing birds and the beauty of the scenery!The impressive white egret on the limb seems to supervise everything and the splashes of the ducks made the atmosphere so refreshing!Great race,you did reach the Final Frontier of Part I.Time out now,looking forward to Part II.
    Superb the noble programme of cleaningup especially for Sts and splendid the walk I had with you Amy Dear 🙂 ❤ xxx

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    • Thank you for viewing these images so carefully, my dearest friend. I feel lucky to be able to communicate with you via our photos and thoughts. Your encouraging words always bring me much joys, Doda. Can’t Thank you enough for that. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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  10. Wonderful walk as always Amy, love your wildlife shots, and so heartened to read about the communal clean up. Your posts bring huge smiles to my day 🙂 ❤


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