The Trail Less Taken (Adventures with Earl)

This morning, hubby and I hopped into Earl and headed off to explore one of the less traveled trails along the Chattahoochee River.  It is not as popular as most of the others in the trail system, but in my book, if it meanders through the forest and then follows along the river it is, by definition, a good trail!

It was a little too cold for the turtles to be out, and most of the birds were staying toward the center of the river (out of optimal picture taking range) like this trio of Cormorants.


I did have a few geese float by – and I snapped their picture even though they are probably my second-to-the-least favorite bird.  (Ostriches ranks first in that category, in case you were wondering.)


This pair of Mallards had found a place where the current runs over a rock, evidently carrying an abundance of duck munchies their way, as they were intently nibbling on something just below the surface.

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And this fellow, with his fancy feathers, seemed to enjoy finding a sunny spot on this mostly cloudy day.


My favorite find of the morning turned out not to be a bird but a beautiful dead branch.  I daydreamed about bringing it home to “live” in my backyard, but alas, it was a little to large to load into Earl.  Still, don’t be surprised if it shows up strapped to my deck and smeared with Bark Butter in a future post!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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12 Responses to The Trail Less Taken (Adventures with Earl)

  1. Vicki says:

    I hope you bring the branch home.. 🙂

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Love your Mallard couple, great photos with character. Lovely that Earl is getting you out with hubby to enjoy the great outdoors Kathy!

  3. Love it, thanks and Happy New Year!

  4. I enjoy walking on lesser known trails. Uncrowded and pristine. Nice photos too!

  5. Jodi says:

    what a lovely trip and beautiful photos! Hope you get that branch!

  6. Give Earl a try, he just might be able to bring home that branch! Always a great day hiking or riding alongside water views. 🙂

  7. Tiny says:

    Earl is a good fellow as he allows you to explore nature away from the beaten path. Great shots!

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