Flora and Fauna #3

Partly sunny today as days ahead are promised to get better and better. Still in all, this was a great ride up through the Skagit Flats. Skagit County is just north of our Snohomish County.

A few bits of flora were about, but not much yet.

Skagit County is more rural and has lots of farms and a few ranches along the way. I could not stop for EVERY type of fauna that I saw as I was riding with two friends, and did not want to intrude on their enjoyment of riding by stopping too much. I did get some of the lingering trumpeter swans (I heard them trumpeting so that is why I am pretty sure they were).

I include both photos so you can see that I was on my bike ;’-)

I enjoy seeing the old farm houses and outbuildings and often think of the stories they hold. Some add a picturesque view to the world.

While I was enticing the horse to come near by offering it some of my apple slices (which s/he loved), Cindy was sure to snap a photo of who she called the ‘horse whisperer’ ;’’-). In that outfit I did not feel the need to include my bike in the photo.

12 response to "Flora and Fauna #3"

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 15, 2019

      They are beautiful and this flock is only a small sampling. It is about at the end of their season so many have flown off (north I guess??). Every year people take the trip up there to see and enjoy thousands of the swans and snow geese. They are delightful, and we were fortunate today to see a few flying beautifully overhead.

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 15, 2019

    Nice photos! Great you can get out and ride.
    The Bomb Cyclone gave us 3 days of wind, one with 50-60 mph.
    Good to see some flowers and greenery — nothing doing here as yet.
    The old house is reminiscent of the one Scott photographed, pretty cool place!
    Lots of swans! There are two swans at a Memorial Park in Danville, IL — the only ones Ive ever seen.

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 16, 2019

      Thanks Rich. It is so wonderful to get out and ride! We had our February! Unusual days/weeks of snow and being snowbound was truly no fun! I just love old houses and buildings! In “season” the fields are filled with swans and snow geese. It is quite spectacular and just two weeks ago the fields were covered with white birds.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: March 16, 2019

    Rich captured my thought as well – the old house reminded me of the one on Emerson road that sadly burned down last summer. I love the barn and tractor shot also. Rachael and I are really looking forward to visiting Skagit County this summer when we bike down from Victoria and Vancouver. It looks like just my kind of spot. We should plan a winter or early spring outing some year too, to see the snow geese.

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 17, 2019

      Skagit County is a favorite riding area for everyone. The only drawback is that Skagit is synonymous with chip seal!! Plus there are, other than a bridge or three, no hills to climb ;’-).

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: March 17, 2019

    That looked like a lovely ride – and you are obviously high-vis 🙂 I often have horses and cattle that come up and then follow me along the fence. I never have any appropriate treats for them though.

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 17, 2019

      It just so happened that I had a few apple slices left from snacks that I had brought for all of us. I was so happy to remember that! Hi-vis indeed! When I commuted to work (when I worked) my supervisor one said whoa, a driver seeing you could run into a tree. Yes I said, better the tree than me!

  4. By: gregblood Posted: March 17, 2019

    Along with the haunting calls of loons, I think the trumpeting of trumpeter swans is one of the bird world’s most awesome sounds. I occasionally see and hear them around here, but have never seen so many gathered in one place.

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 17, 2019

      I love those two bird sounds too. Next year, when the birds are in their early migration, I will make a point to take a photo of the masses of white in the fields. It is awesome.

  5. By: Lah Posted: March 29, 2019

    Heck of a sharp outfit you have on there, Nancy. Seeing the swans would be really neat. I missed our photography club’s trip north to see the sandhill cranes. Taxes are finished. Paperwork for the ADC Jim will participate in will be finished and handed in by Monday at the latest. Waiting on the home visit and then I may have a little freedom to ride the bike. I have discovered some rural roads not far from my house, that I can get to without carting my bike somewhere. Yeah for that!

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 29, 2019

      Nice to see you here Laura. Yes, my outfit does shine!!! So nice that you will have some close by riding options you can get to easily. We will all look forward to your posts about some of your rides.

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