We have had a few days in a row where temperatures have stayed above freezing at night and gone up to the high teens during the day, so finally we are seeing lots of bare ground and the ice is pretty much gone from the rivers. Lakes still have ice, but not strong enough to walk on – so we are getting there. It is just mid April, so although sometimes spring comes earlier, it is not unusual for this to be our normal. We (as most people do) will still complain.
I was checking the tops of the trees on my walk today, in hopes of seeing a touch of green showing and/or some birds to take pictures of. I did not see either. I did find Canada Geese on the Seine River and a Red Squirrel hugging a tree in the bush. I also saw lots of people (many with dogs that I had to pet) out enjoying the beautiful day.
Above – photos of the Seine River with lots of ground showing. I’m ignoring those white spots along the banks in some places.
The paved trail has several little dirt trail that can get you closer to the river, so I followed one down to get the above river pictures and a picture of the Canada Geese, that I could hear. It was a narrow muddy path, so I had one foot on each side of it to go down and back up again. Here is the muddy path picture that I took going back up.
Just as I got back to my apartment, I found another pair of Geese in the river.