Suki and I have been taking walks as often as possible lately, while the temp is comfortable (currently hitting mid- to high 70s during the day). I need the exercise, and she needs to sniff or pee on everything in the world.
Here she is on a road near us. I always seek out places with no houses, and not only because I prefer seeing nature; I’m ever cautious of dogs that may bark as I go by (disturbs the peace) or who might be loose and jump out at her. I prefer not leashing her for these walks; there’s so little freedom left in the world, for us or our dogs, and she takes such joy in these rambles.
On this particular road, I crept up on a butterfly. I can’t tell you what kind it was, because it didn’t open its wings, but I loved getting so much detail.
A few days after finding Thompson Road, I stumbled on Abel Canal. It’s wide, like mine, and feeds into another one half a mile away. Totally wild, beautifully quiet. The heron adds just the right touch to the photo. Remember: click photo to see the largest size. Suki and I love this particular walk, and there’s a bonus: on the other side of the road is another isolated stretch of the same canal.
The first time I was there, a yellow-sided skimmer followed me around. I couldn’t take my eyes off him; doesn’t he look like he’s been drenched in gold? You want to see the detail on this one. One of my best dragonfly pics!
I don’t usually get up early, but the other day, I was awake shortly after sunrise. I looked out the window, as I always do, and there was the ‘gator, floating along the canal. I threw on clothes, grabbed the camera, and ran outside. Instead of moving faster to get away from me, or submerging entirely, he stopped, giving me an opportunity to take lots of photos until I got a good one. I was not as close as this picture makes it look. Heh.
A few days ago, a friend who lives in Sacramento sent me a painting she did of Suki. I love it! She uses some kind of special process. I’m looking for the right frame for it.
That’s it for this week! Hope you have a great weekend.