Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Walk with Shadows

I wasn't thinking dark thoughts when I titled the draft of this post A Walk with Shadows - I was being much more literal.  When I got home from work yesterday, the sun was still high enough in the sky that Puck and I had shadows for our walk!  It's been a long time since I noticed our shadows.  

Folks at work have been bragging about their crocus and daffodils in bloom.  The maple trees have swollen buds.  The birds are singing.  Spring is on it's way!

Puck and I could use a little spring time weather.  We've gotten a bit soft this winter, so our walk was very slow.  

We had to stop frequently to admire the sun glinting on the pond and on our fur.  

Remember all those pears that littered the ground under the big pear tree in the front yard?  They aren't very visible any more.  

But if you look closely, you can see lots of wrinkly brown pear-raisins on the ground.  Yummy, huh? 

The mole didn't take the winter off from his excavations, and the front yard is dotted with mounds.  Brandon talks tough when he sees the mole mounds around his favorite seat, but so far, he hasn't come up with a plan of action.  Can a person learn to love a mole?  

Puck and I did a short tour of the the trail through the giant patch of tall weeds nature area.  This isn't his favorite part of the walk since the trail it wet and there are lots of brambles.  I have to coax him along.  

And, there are predators on the trail!

She may not look that scary up close, but when you realize you are being stalked right before a bolt of fur races past you, it adds a little excitement to the trail.  

She loves to stalk us, and find a place to hide so she can jump out and give us a jolt.  Not Puck's favorite game.  

The horse bones that my nephew collected and piled on top of the root cellar mound are visible now that the tall grass and weeds are decaying away.  

Piles of bones, being stalked by predators, rotten fruit, and moles are all kind of creepy, so maybe the title of this post is appropriate after all! 

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