Although I started in the dark each day, the papers come late enough that the sun rises while I'm doing the route. Regular readers know that I'm not great with morning, so a nice sunrise is definitely a perk of the paper route. This is taken across the Pentwater River.
There was actually a pair of mallard ducks sneaking around the corner of a convenience store. The attraction was a broken bag of corn- see some of it loose near the female's feet. She was enjoying a good snack. Her mate wanted to join in, but a large truck pulled in just then and he flew away in fright. She followed him in a minute as I pulled out.
At the very end of the route is the whole Silver Lake resort area. These open dunes have been pretty much given over to the motor sport crowd for decades. I guess if that population has to be served recreationally, it's best to keep it in one area. But the dunes sure are pretty in the morning sun.
I caught this swan showing off. The rest of the family was nearby, but I couldn't get a good picture of them. Interestingly, the cygnets were the usual brown "ugly duckling" color, which makes me totally curious about those fluffy swan babies I saw in Mackinac City
Finally, here is some sweet pea that I actually stopped on the freeway to look at. This time of year the roadsides here are covered with this plant. It's not native, actually a garden escape from colonial gardens. But this patch caught my eye because the color is much deeper than it usually is here. A much more typical color is ordinary pink, fading to pale pink and rarely white.
See Fluffy Treats on an Urban Trail for the cygnets
See Paper Bag with Fish- at the end are a couple of pix from one February morning of the paper route