Saturday, May 1, 2010

Surprise destination

Have you ever started out with one destination in mind and ended up some place completely different? That's what happened to me today. I took off this morning intending to drive to the beach and ended up going to a used bookstore and a bird festival.

At Recycle Bookstore I picked up a few books that have been on my mind. The last time I read To Kill a Mockingbird was 8th grade and I can barely remember it. The Little House books were among my favorites back in elementary school, and I'm curious to read them again.

After the bookstore I went to a bird festival at a wildlife refuge and was greeted by giant bird. (Even more interesting is the length of that woman's braid. I didn't notice it until I came home and looked at the photo. Her hair is so long it must almost sweep the floor when it is loose.)

The festival offered a live animal show, so I got a ticket and a good seat in the front. When the woman from the wildlife rescue center said that she was going to show us a crow, I got annoyed. I can walk out my front door and see a crow pretty much any time of day. But it turns out this was a special crow-- it's an albino, and I've never seen anything like it. She was forgiven.

(I read up on how to improve my wildlife photography skills and learned that you should always make sure the animal's eyes are in focus. Unfortunately, my camera settings got screwed up and this was the best shot I could get before the bird was put back in his box. Grrrrr.)

After the show I went on a short tour to learn about the different types of habitats at the refuge. The birding was great-- a white pelican glided by surprisingly close and a couple of snowy egret babies were hanging out on a wooden platform. Best of all was a burrowing owl. I was able to get a good look at him with my binoculars, but he was too far away for a decent shot with the camera. If you look closely, you can kinda see him.

I might not have made it to the beach, but I did have a fun day and I'm glad things turned out the way they did. Tomorrow morning I'm going to head for the coast again and see where I end up.

9 comments:

Suz said...

O the beach sounds good to me...but I love animals too..loved that crow..and the owl..I love owls...what don't I love?
More sidetracks please

Linda said...

Thanks about Jenna and Kye Stacy:)I also read To Kill a Mockingbird in grade 8! That white crow is amazing and that woman's braid! Wow.
Have a lovely Sunday,
Linda

Theresa said...

The older I get, the more I find myself moving in a different direction than I started out in:) and that is OK! It looks like your different direction turned out to be a really great day! That crow is quite interesting! Enjoy your Sunday my friend! HUGS!

Jane said...

How amazing to even see the owl! I'm glad you got to spend a day doing things you enjoy. I love reading the classics and even children's books. I read Mockingbird recently because my kids were reading it. I love the Little House on the Prairie books, too. There really is so many wonderful books for kids out there.

Dogwood said...

I love To Kill A Mocking Bird and just recently re-read it. Great book. Really great.

What fun to just go with the flow and end up with such a fun and interesting day.

Let the sun shine down on you...

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- sounds like you had a wonderful day. I would love to see all of those unusual birds. Ours aren't too exciting -- although, we do see some gorgeous cardinals around here!

Permission to Unwind said...

Ooh la la, I love a good surprise day! It's so fun when the day turns out in an unexpected way. :)

PunkiePie said...

Never read the LHotP books but I LOVED the show growing up. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books and movies.

Anya said...

It looks great at your place in a bookstore :)
Love that big bleu figure ......
LOL
(Amazing bird !!!)