It’s been a warm one today. And of course, I decided to go for a walk through the woods on possibly the hottest day of the year so far. It was hot everywhere.

Out in the open:

No shade, searing heat.

Overlooking the Lake:

Not a lick of a breeze.

Further around the Lake:

Stillness everywhere.

I think I time-travelled as I walked. Found myself in what looked like the Jurassic period. Does anyone know what type of bird this is? (Apologies for the quality, but I was too far away to get a decent zoomed-in image:

Not that I’d have ventured too close to it, as it happens.

It might have been a heat mirage – but one that affected the camera on my mobile phone as well.

I noticed it looking at me. Not wanting to end up its dinner, I ran.

Yes, even in the heat. I managed to catch this photo as I did so:

Eventually, I found the track that entered the wood.

Ahead of me, I heard a cawing.

“This way. This way. Aw. Caw. This way. Look there. Look there.”

Ahead of me, a raven or crow flew at head height, flying round to make sure I was following. (S )he perched high up and looked over fixedly in one direction. What was I being showed, so I looked over in the same direction.

On a fence post, this chap was also perched:

Posing for his photograph. I took a few shots, and off he toddled into the grass beyond.

In the woods proper, it was still hot.

Even the shade had been warmed up to ‘hot’:

Although, I’m pleased to say there were some nice cooler areas:

Which enabled me to carry on with my walk.

Passed the old old tree I walked. Onward through the cooler shade.

Soon, the shade began to feel warmer again, as I was on my way out of the woods once more:

I walked passed Veronica’s Gulch:

Across the clearing:

And back to the Lake again:

Where these little critters suddenly made an appearance:

So naturally, I had to take a few shots of them also.

One in particular:

And then, it was time to make tracks back:

And have a long, very long, rest!

Did I say it was hot?


Hope you’ve had / are having a fabulous Saturday yourself!

This has been a photo-heavy Six Word Saturday post. Visit Debbie’s site for more six worders!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day


  1. Enjoyed trekking with you, TM! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Ron., it was a good walk – even with the heat!



  2. What a pretty lake and the wooded path looks inviting.It has been hot here too.

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    1. I like it just a tad cooler, Beverly.
      Shouldn’t complain, I know, but phew! It’s hot!



  3. Just got home from boating on the river. A hot one here today too. 87 degrees F. What a lovely walk you had! Is it all within walking distance of your home? If so, you are surely fortunate!

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    1. It’s a short drive away, Jodi. It is walkable, but walking there means walking back, and it’s a little too far for that – especially after walking all the way around as well! 😀

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  4. Wow TL ! That looks like a baby dinosaur to me….Rare that you should see that. Glad you captured it on film 🙂 A long, hot walk indeed….Great shots. Loved little ” Flip ” on the fence post, cute….Glad you enjoyed your afternoon….VK

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    1. Oh it was interesting, VK. Cleared my head (and burned it in the sunshine, but we’ll skip over that bit! 😉 )
      Yes, that bird was a mystery. I still have no idea what it is. The squirrel was cute.

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  5. What a lovely walk, even if it was hot! Did you ever discover the identity of your mystery bird?

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I have no idea what it was… but there were two of them. Huge wing spans.

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  6. Hi Tom! 🙂

    Yes it is warm isn’t it! 🙂

    I’m waiting for the temperature to drop to 25’C before I open the windows and get some fresh air.

    Looks like we’re in for a muggy night!

    One thing I am looking forward to is a shower tomorrow, once I get back from Mc.Colls (Used to be the Co-Op) and then imbibing a few beers.

    There are a few advantages with being clinically insane… 😉

    God Bless!


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    1. Always a plus side, Prenin! 😀
      But warm? Yikes.
      At least it is changing later this week.

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