This week’s Challenge is: Birds of a Feather!
I’m not a bird photographer, but lately I’ve been at least trying to get non-blurred pictures of them.
Here are a few, from which my favorite one is the last one.
Last week I was on vacation in California. The hotel we stayed in was in Newport Beach, but we also visited Disneyland, San Diego and Santa Monica.
And walked a lot!!!!
I did not track the walks, except by one, but I was always wearing my fitbit, which can give you guys an idea of how much walking was done.
Fitbit sets a standard goal (that we can change, but I never bothered to do so) of 10,000 steps a day, for a 70,000 steps weekly.
On the days of my trip, which were Friday to Friday, so 8 days, I walked a total of 108,922 steps!
I was under 10,000 only once, on March 31st, when I did ‘only’ 9351.
The one walk I tracked, was the only ‘official’ walk, that I did with the hotel people, who organizes daily 3-mile walks to a state park that goes along the beach. The hotel is at the top of a hill, so the walk had a big elevation change.
Here’s the details and pictures of that one walk:
But in spite of all the walk, I’m still much heavier than I’d like to be, and walking consistently helps me lose weight. So today I went for a log lunch time walk.
I did 4.33 miles, in 1 hour 13 minutes, with an average pace of 17:10.
Last week I avoided going for walks, in order to take time to recover from my little dare-to-jog-on-a-half-marathon injuries.
Friday I was feeling good though, so I risked walking with a friend to a cafe about 1 mile away from our offices for some lunch.
The way there passes through a trail around a wetland and, as we walked, I noticed the blooming flowers and buds and bright green baby leaves. I could not believe I didn’t have my camera with me! Well… I did have my phone, but my phone does not work very well when trying to take macro pictures, so for that occasion I really wanted my Canon camera.
Then came today!
In the morning we had lots of rain. So much that I did not have too many hopes for a walk. I missed my workout and that made me pretty grumpy, with ideas of going to the gym at the end of the day, even though I know deep inside that the likelihood that that would happen was very dim. And that ‘deep knowledge’ was not really helping me in raising my spirits.
When lunch time came I decided to check out the weather outside (no windows in my office… :() and to my surprise the sun was shining! The sky still had lots of clouds, but there was also big patches of blue sky and we were getting the sunshine.
I didn’t think twice, grabbed my camera and off I went to that same trail to take a few shots of the blooming flowers and chirping birds.
The walk was in 2 parts, since I ended up having lunch on the same cafe was Friday again. And it was also very slow, because I was looking around and stopping all the time for pictures.
(this week I can even use the excuse that my feet cannot be forced much to justify a slow walk. And if the walk is slow anyways, why not take pictures, right?)
The total distance walked was of 2.18 miles (1.03 + 1.15), walked in about 1h05m (31:57 + 32:50) and with an average pace of about 30:00 (31:06 on first leg; 28:33 on second). Veeeery sloooowww.