Monday, March 21, 2011

A Spring Tease

(Linking up with Sweet Shot, You Capture (theme - Youth), Black & White Wednesdays, Communal Global, and Live Every Moment (theme - Spring).)

It's a very gloomy Monday. Two inches of snow accumulated on the ground throughout the morning hours, and it continues to fall. You would never know that just 3 days ago, the mercury was flirting with the 72 degree mark.
helicopter


Sweet Shot Day


The day was just too beautiful. We took a break from school and from co-op and spent the day with friends at the park.
bench


We enjoyed the beauty of the waterfalls.
pretty waterfall


silky waterfall b&w


the long road


We hiked
walking along


two boys


all the way to the top where a tower with few railings stood, inviting the children to climb...and giving the mamas a few heart attacks in the process.
downstairs


And along the way we climbed lots of rocks
Alex on rock


Jacob


and some trees,
strange tree


one of which was covered by the initials of other hikers-by.
initials on a tree


Oh, and we saw enough bear poop to cause those of us with middle-aged legs much angst over trying to keep up with the energetic, youthful legs that insisted on carrying the children seemingly miles ahead on the path.
up the hill Alex & Michael


But the boys assured us in true Lord of the Flies fashion that, with their walking sticks, they could easily take on any bear...even a famished one just waking up from a long winter's nap.
rock chair MIchael2


fighting a tree


stick play Audrey1


It was a long hike--about 2 hours--and at the end, the children were delighted to become spectators on the sidelines of another visitor's remote-controlled car fun.
through the bridge


A lovely sunny day, a good long hike, a fun time with friends...it was definitely a spring tease, but we'll certainly take what we can get!
shoreline


cutie patootie


reeds


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41 comments:

Jessica said...

I love all of the photos!! Looks like you had a wonderful time! :)

Anne U said...

Great photos, interesting view of the helicopter and great processing. Loved the motin of the waterfall shots and beautiful photos of your kids.

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

I love, love all your photos! You did such a wonderful job.

Michelle said...

Wow! There were so many beautiful shots there that I lost count!! Love 'em!!!! And I love the story, too! Glad that your legs managed to keep up with the youthful ones -- and that everyone enjoyed their day in the warm air!

Ashley Sisk said...

These are wonderful shots - I love the first two shots.

Michelle said...

You always have so much fun with your kids! It was warm here today, but will be snowing again in 2 days. I'm so ready for summer! Great pictures.

Life with Kaishon said...

2 inches of snow! OH NO! I wanted that to be gone for a long, long time. Darn it! The kids are so adorable. Hope you find Spring soon. Love, Becky

Buckeroomama said...

What wonderful photos from your day out. It almost feels as if I went down that hike with you. :) It's always great to be able to get the kids out and just let them "commune with nature." =)

julie said...

Sounds like you had a great time enjoying nature! LOVE those waterfall shots & the lovely bench. Cool capture of the helicopter too!! :)

Jennifer Bowen said...

Weather is so unpredictable. It has been a teaser here in Germany, too. One day it's beautiful and warm, and the next, it's cold and raining.

Love the photos! We are homeschoolers, too. =)

Zondra Art said...

Great shots, I love them!
A pleasant Tuesday.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Wow, Kathleen! These shots are all amazing. What a wonderful set of memories!

Arby said...

Do you ever letterbox on these outings?

Caseybumpinalong said...

Wow! These are AMAZING pictures! I specially love the one of the park bench by the water. Looks like a fun day at a beautiful place.

kbreints said...

Looks like a grand adventure! Love those first few shots!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Kathleen- GREAT photos! Looks like a wonderful day! I think I will come visit. :)

Cedar said...

Those are lovely photos and such a fun family day!

Maddy said...

Beautiful photos of your family! We were also enjoying beautiful weather until this Monday when we were surprised with snow! But it's all melted and feeling like Spring again :)

Ocean Soul said...

Smart choice on skipping school and co-op! Absolutely lovely pictures...I really love the long exposure on the waterfall! And the Lord of the Flies boys too! LOL

Ray said...

Great shots! Love the first one!

tsinclair said...

Us humans are so unappreciative - a couple of weeks ago all I could do was complain about the cold and wanting spring.
Well, today I was SO hot - I was complaining again.
I know, I know -- however, a little transition time would be nice. :-)

Bunch of Barrons said...

Great shots! Looks like fun!

Brownie said...

Beautiful!

dclouser said...

That photo of Audrey is amazing! Can't believe Alex is already starting to look like a teenager. The boys are changing, too. Miss you all!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Thee are some gorgeous shots!

@nnie said...

LOVE the bridge shot! and the landscape one shortly after. I can't believe there's snow, again! Hang in there. Spring is around the corner.

Uyen said...

goodness, these are fantastic captures! Your children are gorgeous!

Mommy2Four said...

What great shots!

I gotta say, I'm jealous....

We're getting 8 - 12 inches of snow as we speak......

UGH!!

Brooke said...

What a FANTASTIC adventure! Love the amazing shots :D 2 hours?? Wow, I would have been flat on my back.... lol!

Jen said...

Looks liek you had a wonderful time!

Alita said...

You have so many delightful captures. Your portraits are excellent, but I just adored the bridge picture.

Great job!

Alita

Jane said...

There are some absolutely fabulous photos here, 7 and 9 of your son are beautiful and I just love that photo of the bench too.

Tricia said...

Looks & sounds like you all have an incredibly fun day & I L♥VE her 'smile' shirt... =)

Linda said...

these are beautiful What camera/lens are you using? what editing program? very nice job.

Marcene B said...

What beautiful captures! We are waiting on spring here too and it can't come soon enough!

Tiffany said...

I have so enjoyed visiting your blog! Hope your snow stopped, we had a few flurries today....UGH! Thanks for your kind comment and visiting June Makes Six.

Tiffany

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Gorgeous shots! It looks like it was a lovely outing. Glad you didn't run into any bears, even if you were so well-protected by your young men. ;) I'm sure I've said this before, but you have beautiful children!

deb duty said...

Wow! What fabulous shots you captured of your fun outing! It's such a beautiful area. I would love to go on a hike there!

AJ said...

Beautiful shots of your hiking trip!

Carletta said...

Some really wonderful candid shots!
I love the bench and that last shot is gorgeous!

Our Peculiar Lives said...

Those waterfalls are just breathtaking!