Tuesday, April 29, 2014

P for Play

Bill and I are happy to have time and energy for PLAY after 10 months of illness for him and stress for both of us.  Our interactions with the wildlife, pets and people we meet on our walks bring so many pleasures.  Here are a few of them.  I am linking up with ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday.  Both are excellent memes and I thank the dedicated people who keep them running so successfully.

This is Tupper, so named because her tail feathers point upward.  If you are a regular reader, you know her pretty well by now.  
 She followed us from the David Lam steps..
 to the shore,
 back up to this roof over the lookout..
 and over..
 our heads..
 to the False Creek railing where she..
 ate (very healthy) treats from Bill's hand.
 Then, she flew off..
but I think she said "thanks" before she left.  We know we shouldn't feed the wildlife and we don't make a habit of it, but we have fallen in love with Tupper.  If you do feed wildlife (I don't recommend it), it would be best to give them healthy, sugar-free food.  Please, no bread.  It fills their stomach so that they lose their appetite for more nutritious fare and if fed regularly and in great quantities, eventually causes them to lose the ability to survive on their own.  
 We always look for this American Coot. S/he has been alone for a week or so now. 
 We hope the mate is hiding nearby.
 Yesterday, s/he seemed mightily pleased..
 after a bath that seemed to combine hygiene, play and fun in perfect proportions.
 This is Izzie, short for Elizabeth.
 We are just getting to know her.  She seems, to me, to have a peaceful spirit.
 Okay, this mallard was not feeling playful, but..
 watching him brought pleasure for sure.
 There was a female at stake here and the male at the right chased "our" fellow off..
in a plain-spoken manner that left no room for doubt.  The action took place behind a wire fence so I was lucky to get these photos.
 This dog personified play.
 I felt lucky to catch..
 a bit of the action as we stopped..
 to admire his physical prowess..
 and persistance.
 What focus!
What energy.
 On the way to..
 This man had his bike, a crossword, a bench and a perfect day to enjoy all three.
 This should have gone into the Blue Monday meme, but perhaps you will enjoy it anyway.  Bill enjoyed the "guy" stuff just before we walked through..
 this tunnel.   This is not one of our preferred spots..
 but it did get us to..
 this sculpture.  I neglected to get the name of it, but Bill's playful pose made it a must-show.
 I know you have seen many photos of Black Jack in Bill's arms, but she makes me laugh..
and that feels playful..
 and she is just so protected..
and peaceful..
 and yet, so perky.
And, play followed by the pleasure of lattés and treats at Bean Around the World..
 served by Nike, makes it a good day indeed.
 Today is Nike's last day of work before she sets off for a trip across Canada.  She is an adventurer who understands the value of play.  We will miss her.  Have fun, Nike!  Thank you for your beautiful smile, kind spirit and passion for play.
 Thank you for stopping by, dear readers.  I hope you will find lots of play in your life today.  Perhaps, Wild Bird Wednesday and/or ABC Wednesday would be a good place to start.


  1. i just love tupper. and lots of duck and dog action, too. :)

  2. Being playful sure helps smooth out the rough patches! I saw much of this in your post but was most struck by the man doing a crossword puzzle in such a carefree and interesting way. Wonder if his brain works best in a horizontal position. :)

  3. Tupper makes me happy too--you took some terrific shots. The shot of the Mallard in flight behind the fence looks 3D--very cool. Black Jack looks so cute in Bill's arms. Looked like a perfect day.

  4. A lovely set of pictures. Like that one with the crossword and the bike.

  5. Hi Perfect Post! Well all those 'P's' ere brilliant. You had me laughing Quite a lot. great shots of Black Jack and I loved the series of Tupper and the commentary. thanks for sharing.

  6. Wonderful series, I love the gull shots and the coot.. Your Black jack is a cutie. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  7. Beautifull series
    GOOD Day and week end !
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  8. Wonderful series of "play" pictures, Black Jack portrait are wonderful.

  9. Oh ! I have so enjoyed looking at all the wonderful photo's of the birds and the wonderful dogs, does Tupper perch at your premises or do you meet her on your walks,
    thank you for sharing,
    Best wishes di.x

  10. What a wonderful display of pictures. So many special ones. Tupper is beautiful. The energy of that dog! And of course, Jack who is beautiful in any pose. Our coots have all left the lake. I'm guessing they have gone north for more cool weather and perhaps more rain than we get. Our mallards are in good pecking moods. The poor females have a hard time keeping them at bay. We already have one set of ducklings. Spring is definitely here.

  11. Your photos are gorgeous!! So neat that the gull is eating out of your husband's hand. Glad everyone is getting back to good health to enjoy the good outdoors. :)

  12. It is always so good to see Tupper and what she is up to! Wonderful photos of her Carol.I am certain she enjoys you three as much also!
    The 'focused' dog photos are fun to watch.....so focused indeed!
    I LOVE that photo of Bill almost 'taking off' with his new set of wings! Very symbolic I would say considering the past 10 months you have both had. Wonderful photo! And from now on that sculpture does does have a name......'Flying On His Own'.
    And look at BlackJack!! lololol.....the last photo is hilarious!
    Thanks for this Carol....always like these walks with you.

  13. All of those running dog pics, scrolling down, almost felt like a movie

  14. Splendid post - I did like the images of the gulls.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  15. Wow! Those are some amazing shots! Congrats! Tupper is so cute :x

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