Thoughts & Photos on a Blustery Day

Thank you for visiting “Life and Random Thinking” today.

I have a few photos to share from today’s bike ride to Okanagan Lake. I also will share some photos from Mother’s Day. This post belongs to my Thinking Out Loud category, absolutely.

I live in a valley and the mountains on the east and mountains on the west naturally funnel the air creating a breeze of some velocity. The direction often changes during the day so you can literally ride against the wind both to and from your destination (if there is a few hour time difference).

Today the wind is blowing from the south and my cherry tree is now devoid of it’s lovely white blossoms – yesterday it looked like it was snowing in my back yard.

On the ride today I stopped at the Japanese gardens and the blossoms there cover the sidewalk and the koi pond thickly, almost in drifts. (photos below)

I was awake at 5 a.m. yesterday and it was bright outside. It seems not so long ago that it was still dark at 7 a.m.

Spring is an inspiring time and optimistic by nature I think.

The days are getting longer, the warm temperatures are ahead, the new growth and buds on the trees. Even though the temperatures are a littler cooler this spring I know spring is here because the robins are back.

Please accept my apology for late Happy Mother’s Day wishes to the Mom’s who read this blog. I hope your day included time, messages and some warm moments with your families.

My wife had a happy Mother’s Day and we celebrated with a bonfire on the lake. I was very pleased to see her relaxing and enjoying visiting with family. We had a semi-circle of chairs around the fire, and I brought a BBQ which was portable so we could cook burgers. There was two salads and cake to celebrate the day.

Surprisingly the beach was nearly empty and the lake was very inviting, but I was not fooled.

I walked around the beach and saw a balancing log that made a natural teeter-totter. (below)

Thanks for visiting today !

I always reply to your comments and reactions to my post. – David

Cherry blossoms a few days ago

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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24 Responses to Thoughts & Photos on a Blustery Day

  1. Wynne Leon says:

    Riding into the wind both ways? Yikes!

    What a lovely scene on the beach – wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day! And the cherry blossom “snow” seems like the right kind of snow to have this time of year!


  2. Ya,only rubes go into spring lake water!
    Sounds like a great day at the lake David!


  3. Amber says:

    Beautiful pictures! Bike rides in the spring are so rejuvenating!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hello Amber, it was rejuvenating (excellent word choice!) especially on the way home – against the wind. Just being outdoors is nice, no matter the season I think. I appreciate you saying hi and commenting Amber! – David


  4. pkadams says:

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


  5. Robert Smith says:

    Great pictures Dave. Thanks Bob

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  6. debscarey says:

    Yikes! to having the wind against you both ways. You’re a more determined soul than I’d be 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous close up of the cherry blossom. I agree with you about Spring, there’s something so uplifting about it, but it goes so quickly and I’d love it to hang around a bit longer.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Spring does seem to go by quickly. Light dusting of fresh snow on the east side of my valley last night but it won’t be much, but surprised me anyway. What always surprises me Deb is the longest day of the year. It seems almost unfair that after June 21 the days are getting shorter. That’s the way the world spins though ♥


  7. lghiggins says:

    Your cherry blossoms are beautiful. I learned my lesson this year. We are in a new-to-us home that has a tree that has similar blooms, pink, but no fruit. I was waiting for it to bloom more fully before I snapped some pictures. The wind intervened and I lost my opportunity. Happy Spring to you as signs of the season come and go, and Happy Mother’s Day to your wife. Your celebration looked delightful.


  8. Hi David,
    What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day!
    I am always in awe of the beautiful area you live at. I am visiting one day!


  9. Pooja G says:

    Loved the images especially the cherry blossoms- so beautiful!


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