Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Birds of a Feather

I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge.

This week’s Challenge is: Birds of a Feather!

I’m not a bird photographer, but lately I’ve been at least trying to get non-blurred pictures of them.

Here are a few, from which my favorite one is the last one.

Ready to depart

Ready to depart

Ducks and seagulls disputing some bread

Ducks and seagulls disputing some bread

Hi Duckie!

Hi Duckie!

Flying high

Flying high

Almost disguised on the same tone floor

Almost disguised on the same tone floor

Pelicans. No idea what the little fella on top is doing, but it does look funny.

Pelicans. No idea what the little fella on top is doing, but it does look funny.

Wanderings from the past week

Last week I was on vacation in California. The hotel we stayed in was in Newport Beach, but we also visited Disneyland, San Diego and Santa Monica.

And walked a lot!!!!

I did not track the walks, except by one, but I was always wearing my fitbit, which can give you guys an idea of how much walking was done.

Fitbit sets a standard goal (that we can change, but I never bothered to do so) of 10,000 steps a day, for a 70,000 steps weekly.

On the days of my trip, which were Friday to Friday, so 8 days, I walked a total of 108,922 steps!

I was under 10,000 only once, on March 31st, when I did ‘only’ 9351.

The one walk I tracked, was the only ‘official’ walk, that I did with the hotel people, who organizes daily 3-mile walks to a state park that goes along the beach. The hotel is at the top of a hill, so the walk had a big elevation change.

Here’s the details and pictures of that one walk:


But in spite of all the walk, I’m still much heavier than I’d like to be, and walking consistently helps me lose weight. So today I went for a log lunch time walk.

I did 4.33 miles, in 1 hour 13 minutes, with an average pace of 17:10.

Spring is in the air

Last week I avoided going for walks, in order to take time to recover from my little dare-to-jog-on-a-half-marathon injuries.

Friday I was feeling good though, so I risked walking with a friend to a cafe about 1 mile away from our offices for some lunch.

The way there passes through a trail around a wetland and, as we walked, I noticed the blooming flowers and buds and bright green baby leaves. I could not believe I didn’t have my camera with me! Well… I did have my phone, but my phone does not work very well when trying to take macro pictures, so for that occasion I really wanted my Canon camera.

Then came today!

In the morning we had lots of rain. So much that I did not have too many hopes for a walk. I missed my workout and that made me pretty grumpy, with ideas of going to the gym at the end of the day, even though I know deep inside that the likelihood that that would happen was very dim. And that ‘deep knowledge’ was not really helping me in raising my spirits.

When lunch time came I decided to check out the weather outside (no windows in my office… :() and to my surprise the sun was shining! The sky still had lots of clouds, but there was also big patches of blue sky and we were getting the sunshine.

I didn’t think twice, grabbed my camera and off I went to that same trail to take a few shots of the blooming flowers and chirping birds.

The walk was in 2 parts, since I ended up having lunch on the same cafe was Friday again. And it was also very slow, because I was looking around and stopping all the time for pictures.
(this week I can even use the excuse that my feet cannot be forced much to justify a slow walk. And if the walk is slow anyways, why not take pictures, right?)


The total distance walked was of 2.18 miles (1.03 + 1.15), walked in about 1h05m (31:57 + 32:50) and with an average pace of about 30:00 (31:06 on first leg; 28:33 on second). Veeeery sloooowww.