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July 21, 2014

Little Adventures

Yesterday, day 31 of summer, was one of those days weather-wise that you wish could go on forever. The sun shined, the temperature was a moderate 80°, a gentle breeze on the air.  A great day, I said to myself, to take the dogs for a walk.  I hadn’t done so in quite a while and figured the dogs would be more than happy to get out to our old path.

Out our driveway and up the street…

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…around the corner and past the house with the goat…

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…plowing through the tall grass at the edge of the parking lot for the soccer fields…

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… and entering the preserved farm lands of (really and for true!) Old MacDonald.

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We followed the path as though it hadn’t been months since we’d last been there…

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…and arrived at Daphne’s favorite stopping spot, the little brook…

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…that runs from a quiet swamp.

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Perhaps not too quiet: red-winged blackbirds and cicadas regularly call out from this place.

Black-eyed susans were in bloom every where I looked. The dogs must have been thinking, doesn’t she have enough pictures of those things? But they patiently waited for the sound of the shutter before moving along again.
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Although by the 4th or 5th time I stopped near bunches of them, Teddy was starting to push his nose into stems, sure that there must be something far more interesting that was getting all this attention.

Upon my return, my girls had an idea for another little adventure: frozen yogurt at one of the seemingly many new places that have popped up around here. Who was I to say no to a fabulous idea like this?
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June 24, 2012

It had been far too long since…

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…the poochachos and I went for a walk.  With the busy-ness, issues and recent heat, Teddy and Daphne had been just a wee bit neglected by their mama in the walk department.  Don’t get me wrong, we have a nice sized yard for them to romp around, but for them, nothing matches the excitement of a walk on the leashes, outside of their little backyard world.

I swear Teddy figures out what is going on from the moment I make the decision to go for the walk.  This past Saturday morning, as I sat on the edge of my bed putting my sneakers on, Teddy began to whine his happy whine.  I hadn’t touched the leashes or the “special orange bags” but I swear he knew what was happening.

It’d been so long since we took a walk along the powerlines into the woods, I was unprepared for the changes that had taken place in our absence.  The path that we take to the fireroad along the powerline was all grown in:
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We had to hike through some tall grasses and thorny vines to get where we were headed. My legs are a bit scratched up.

Apparently a lightening strike had taken place:
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I was happily surprised by the wildflowers everywhere I looked:
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Wildflower meadow

Even a little daylily appeared on the edge of our path!
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I even took a video with my phone because I wanted to share the sounds with you as I followed the fire-road for a bit, but my phone is unfortunately being a bit persnickity about sharing that video.  I tried emailing it to myself – froze my phone in the process – and tried uploading directly to YouTube from my phone – video no where to be found on YouTube.  If I get it to work anytime soon, I’ll add it to this post.

There was a little downside to this walk too.  When I got to one of my favorite sections of the pathovergrown path #2

when normally the only sounds I can hear are the red-winged blackbirds and peepers and on warm days like this one was, the cicadas, the dogs and I were assaulted by deer flies!  I put on my bug repellent before heading out for the walk, but these buggers didn’t care.  I hurried through the normally very quiet and peaceful section of the walk swatting all the way.

Daphne always looks forward to the creek crossing near the end of the walk so that she can do this:Hot n tired golden retriever

but I couldn’t let her linger as long as she would’ve liked due to those nasty flies!  Does anyone know, would a stronger deet percentage repellent help?  I was using fairly gentle “Skintastic.”

I certainly won’t let a few obstacles prevent the dogs and I from enjoying more walks this summer, but I will definitely be looking for a way to be more bug free the next time!

October 9, 2011

Searching for Autumn Color

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It might be a bit early still.  I had it in my head that by Columbus Day weekend, western Massachusetts was usually ablaze in the colors of fall.  I wasn’t able to find much photographic evidence in the archives on my computer.  I searched dates around this time in 2010 and 2009, without luck.  My 365 project on Flickr showed a bit of color on October 10th of 2008.

When the forecast for this weekend said sunny skies and temperatures around 80°, I knew a walk in the woods would be on my “to do” list.  The forecast proved accurate, and the doggy duo and I set out for an afternoon walk yesterday.  I reveled in the warmth and sunshine, telling myself to enjoy it, knowing this was likely the last New England weekend to enjoy such weather.  Hoping to spot hints of pretty color, Mr. Andre Rebel came along for the walk too.

While I didn’t see vibrant shades filling the trees, I was able to find some hints of the autumn palette:
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These little cuties reminded me of Michaela’s post from the other day:
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I also found something new along our familiar path.  While rounding a bend, this popped up:
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Bridge? I thought to myself.  What bridge?  Lo and behold:
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A new footbridge had appeared along our walk, at Daphne’s favorite spot to take a little rest.  Normally, this is the place where I have to figure out the best spot for a little leap across the running water while the dogs happily slog across.  The dogs still slogged through, but I happily made use of the new addition.

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In some spots along our walk, and in general about town, I’ve noticed some of the trees seem to be skipping their autumn display and going straight from green to brown:

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In the pleasantness of the afternoon, we ambled further along the path than we’d been in quite a long time.  As the sunlight peeked through trees in the shadowy section of our walk, it suddenly came to my consciousness that I had possibly obtained my own form of quiet contemplation and meditation.  If meditation is the absence of active thought, then I think it happened, if only for a short time.  For a short time, I wasn’t thinking about chores that awaited me at home, the trials of the previous week at work, or the tasks ahead for the week to come.  It was just me, the dogs, the woods and breathing.  And it felt really good.
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September 5, 2011

Back to the Woods

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Summer is slipping through our fingers, I’m sad to say.  Although autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 23rd this year, today, Labor Day, often feels like the end of the season.  It didn’t feel like summer was over to Daphne when I took this picture though!  Let me back up a little.

Saturday morning seemed like it was to be one of those delightful days – a nice one for either summer or fall – with wispy clouds, gentle breezes and a high of 80°.  I hadn’t taken the dogs for a walk in the woods for weeks, mostly because the last time we did so,  they came back covered in ticks or the days had started out just too humidly for me to want to make the trek.  I decided we would avoid the tall grasses and hope for the best this time out.

I was rewarded with beautiful sights along our path, looking so different from when Becky and I went out together back in the spring, or even from some of our early summer walks.

The old tractor path we follow was lush and green, forming almost tunnel-like feeling
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This field of tall grasses developed a purply-pink color that I don’t remember seeing before – I think it is just this particular type of grass gone to seed.
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Wild black-eyed susans,
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milkweed,

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and goldenrod were in full bloom
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Giant dragonflies hovered above the fields, though I struggled to capture them in a photo:

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And just for you, Kathy, I even found a mushroom I could consider a little bit beautiful in its pink color:
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The dogs and I happily ambled along the paths, a few times turned around by impasses likely created by Irene, but had a thoroughly enjoyable walk.  A small swamp with a running stream across part of our path was a bit larger at this time of the year, after the significant rain we’ve had recently, which gets me back to the picture at the beginning of my post.  The last time I showed this part of our walk, it looked like this:

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It was the end of March, and warm for that time of year, but probably at least 20 degrees cooler than this past Saturday.  I didn’t think it was overly warm out, but then I wasn’t wearing a fur coat!
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Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!  Have a wonderful week.