T.S. Eliot tells us that April is the cruelest month, but I think it’s March. Many of us up top are still waiting for the endless winter to finally thaw us out again (yes, even in edenic Portland it’s been cold), and here we are faced with two challenges to step up to. In the Challenge of the Month, OLD Grumbleface asks us to shoot pictures of animals, vegetables and bikes (minerals, in my book, unless you use a leather saddle), preferably multiple times; and in the Cycle Life Challenge, the Goddess charges us with seven biking and buying excursions in as many weeks. Pressure, pressure, pressure.
Time’s a wasting. Let’s get to work. Here’s a big bird, a marsh hawk taking flight, which qualifies as an example of fauna as I understand it. Read here to see a few other instances of fauna, a flora or two, and the obligatory bike (hopefully the refs won’t call a foul on the fowl because the bike isn’t in the same image). Also an illuminating discourse on the Roman Calendar, which I’m sure you’ve often wondered about but have been too lazy to research yourself.