Spring is not the best time of the year for hiking: Autumn is – thanks to its drier, warmer and less unpredictable weather.
Spring, however, has two major advantages: for one, unlike autumn, it follows something unpleasant (winter), and in the light of this immediate comparison, looks and feels much better than it probably deserves.
For another, nature is getting ready for its yearly round of renewal, and as long as human beings are biased in favour of life rather than death, spring will have a better press than autumn.
Spring is in the air when green shoots are everywhere, the flowers are budding, while the birds, the bees and all the other form of wildlife are doing what birds, bees and other forms of wildlife are supposed to do at this time of year.
Now, if we were “hard” hikers, trekkers in the wilderness or anything of that sort, we would show you pictures of breeding lions to illustrate this point, of bear cubs or, at the very least, some rarely seen wild birds.
But since we are “easy” hikers, a young family of ducks will have to do.
Mama and Papa Duck bringing Baby Ducks for their first swim on the lake
Baby Ducks and chaperons
Fall in line behind Mama, Duckies!
Papa Duck throws a menacing glance at the peeping photographer