Bookend Zebras

Twin Zebras

We’ve walked in Forest Park twice this week, taking advantage of this week’s warmer weather. The first time, we parked the car in the southwest corner of the park and then walked around the zoo. On this stroll, we can peer through the various gates and occasionally see an animal or two. Yesterday, we parked near the Jewel Box and then toured the water features of the park. This ramble was a little bit muddy. People must be becoming satiated of the outdoors, after being cooped up by the cold, because there were surprisingly few people in the park. Part of our inspiration for walking in Forest Park came from a Google news article that announced that the park was named the best city park in the country.

Macaw Thaw

Blue and Yellow Macaw

Yesterday, we were walking in Tower Grove Park. It was a beautiful day, the best so far this year. Warm and sunny at 65 ºF. Anne was doing her usual bird count, but was not having much luck with it, when we met this macaw. A guy was walking his bird. What’s more he was walking it barefoot. It was warm, but not that warm. He said that he has had the bird for twelve years, but they can live to eighty. The guy looked older than us. He said that the bird was in his will. Later, we walked by the park’s fountain that was still covered in ice. We may be enjoying a February thaw, but we still have some winter yet to go.

Frozen Fountain

Prickly

Bura-Bura

We’ve managed to climb our way out of the deep freeze. Today it is supposed to hit sixty and the snow is all but gone. On Sunday, we drove north to Winfield, MO, a small town on the Mississippi, about an hour-plus away. Our plan was to go birding there, but the Corps has made the lock and dam there as inhospitable to visitors as they possibly could. The lock is sealed off from the public and the only accessible viewing platform is a good quarter mile from the parking lot. This wouldn’t be bad except there is no easy path to the platform. We had to walk along the fence line, through mud and snow to get to it. The view was hardly worth the effort either. To make matters worse, on the way back, not ten feet from pavement, I slipped, fell and got mud all over my jeans. Yesterday, we walked in Forest Park, where the sidewalks were mostly clear of snow.

The photo is from the Virgin Islands. Previously, I had made two posts about our vacation there, this time last year. In it I referred to the island that we visited as St. Johns and not St. John. This mistake has been repeatedly pointed out to me by some anonymous prick, who is now one comment away from being banned.