Cycle of Spring

All photos taken on June 1, 2022.

I still recall the excitement I experienced as a young child, when the cold, snowy winter dissolved into warm sloppy spring. I would constantly pester Mom, asking when I could get my bike out and go for a ride. In truth, little has changed in the ensuing 60 years. I still look forward to weather and roads improving to the point where I can get the bike out.

One short ride before the end of April, the long ride we had in Vancouver and the fact that I had a new bike only added to the excitement. We rode out East of town past greening fields, herds of cattle and horses, when something caught my eye. Why does that horse have 8 legs and 2 tails? When we stopped to take a look, we could not believe our eyes.

Cycle of Spring ©

Pull out the bikes and get them ready,

long country roads beckon us anew.

Winter spent indoors, pretty steady

we just drove or took walks, quite a few.

Soft spring air rushes by our faces,

biking along, splendid views does bring.

Down on the farm, there’s some new faces

each beginning their cycle of spring.

Typical country scene – green fields and garbage exposed by the snow melt

Male red winged blackbirds keep watch for any intruders approaching their nest.

The American Coot is grazing on the local prairie pothole

Closer inspection explained the 8 leg, 2 tail horse

This little foal was likely less than 24 hours old.

It was wobbly and did not handle side slopes very well.

After a bit of rolling back and forth, it was right side up

Mom was not worried. She knew this little one would be just fine

and she was right, as it stood up on spindly, shaky legs

Such a miracle of nature

Watching Mom, she was already trying to eat that green stuff

the open road

You lookin’ at me? Moooove along. Nothin’ to see here.

Herd of cows. Of course, I’ve heard of cows.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “Cycle of Spring

    1. It was such an ahhhhhhhhh moment when it wobbled towards the side hill and kind of tilted over rolling down the slope. But the foal learned quickly how to get back up. Thanks for reading. Allan

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