exposed probably by muskrats, water plants are helping to melt the ice on the pond
The last few days i have been looking for open water, hoping to see birds.
Today when i arrive at the 911-pond i do see horses.
I park my car on the highway, i turn it around, for a speedy getaway, just in case.
Normally i leave the keys in the car too, 'just in case' if i get lost, somebody at least can drive my car. It's true we do these things. This time i forget to leave the keys, they're in my pocket, oh well.
The weather is lovely, the forest is still, at first at the pond i see no birds. I decide to cross the pond, on ice that is still solid, but breaking up. I know, i will go down with keys in my pocket... No, i am not afraid of that, otherwise i would not. But i do know i am a little bit fearless, (compared to whom?)
Across the big pond, there is open water in little waterholes, and i see here and there birds flying off, before i even get close. (Not like in Holland where wild birds will feed out of your hand) I walk around happily, through swamp grass, still frozen underneath. I go all around and eventually i end up by the horses again, they come towards me and walk with me. I walk on to some other waterholes. Suddenly i hear a cacophony of birds and see two waterholes full of birds. I am happy to be with the horses, they can be my cover. Close to the birds i sit down, to take pictures. I take some of the horses' faces snuffling me. hmmmmmm....
Then i somehow make a to sudden move, the horse kicks my camera, grazing my eyebrow and my shoulder (no scratches) In that split second and by the sound of that kick, i envision my camera in pieces. Not so, but it does make strange noises and the lens is going in and out. I do fear it is broken and now i envision a live without camera (i have no money to spare, Alexanders education is going to cost us $20.000 dollar, which will put me on a budget more then ever)
Happy end as you see, because i did post today's pictures. I did, i am lucky i didn't get hurt. And for the pictures,
i kind of said some prayers and pushed the lens in, holding it down, like an obstinate child, i don't recommend this, but oh well it worked for me. And i am very happy to still have a working camera!