Cool down

cool air —
is rain coming from
Buddha’s direction?

~ Issa, 1816

On the lower path in the Future Woods, heading towards the entrance to the current woods

We have had quite a change in the weather since yesterday.  It’s breezy, cool, and cloudy with the occasional misty rain.  My kind of hiking day.

Goldenrod in bloom

I had a look at the 10-day forecast for our area, and was surprised to see that the 90s (for highs) are not present at all.  That’s good news is you don’t like hot weather (and I don’t).  It feels almost like autumn out there.

I have started my hunt for the elusive male cardinal. This is not a very good (clear) photo, but I like the colors.

The “painted” version, processed in FotoSketcher.

A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.

~ Rachel Carson

I have to agree with Rachel Carson regarding rainy days.  The colors are so lovely on a rainy day, even in the darkness of the woods.

Meadow path near the pond, heading towards the woods.

I did go into the woods, but not for long.  Bo the Dog, who has been accompanying me on my walks, was more interested in what was happening out on the pond.

No, not that.  This:

Seven geese landed.  Six took off as soon as they saw Bo running towards the pond.  This last one didn’t take the hint.

A bigger hint

Here’s the interesting thing about the goose situation.  Bo is afraid of water.  He has the look of a water dog (including his paws), but for some reason, he’s terrified of it.  Don’t even mention the word “bath” around him.  A bowl of water is scary business until you put it down and he realizes you’re not going to dump it on him.  Nobody has been able to get Bo to do what most dogs who visit us do as soon as they can:  jump in the pond and go for a swim.

All he needed was a good reason to go into the water, and for Bo, a good reason is a Canada Goose.  I think we should hire Bo.  Not only did he clear the pond of geese, he seemed to have a great time doing it.  He was in and out of the water, speeding around the pond from one end to the other.  Eventually M had to get out the rowboat to chase off the remaining goose, the one who wouldn’t leave.  Bo went with him, something else he usually does not want to do.  This time he jumped right in the boat, and directed M towards the goose.

I know this image looks very weird. M does not want to be on the blog in a recognizable form so I had to make him unrecognizable.

Bo’s people (M the Younger and his lovely wife) will be arriving this evening to spend the night, and then take him home tomorrow.  It’s been an interesting week.  I’ve learned a few things about myself during Bo’s visit.

Lomo Thistle

The most important thing I’ve learned is that I am not really a dog person.  Bo has been great company on my walks.  He is smart, too, and learned to stand or sit still whenever I took off the lens cap on my camera.  But dogs are much needier than cats in terms of care and companionship, and that means more work as well as more time spent with them.

All that said, I do appreciate the unconditional friendship a dog offers as well as the playfulness.  Bo had me skipping, jumping, and running with him through the meadows, adding a waggishness (pardon the pun) to our walks that lightened up my sometimes serious nature.

The wildflower meadow.

I would love to have Bo visit again, and he’s certainly welcome to stay a while whenever his people need someone to look after him while they go places where dogs are not allowed.  There has been talk about the possibility of getting a dog a few years down the road.  I might change my mind at some point but for now, I’m a cat person, through and through.  (Izzy and Bella appreciate that sentiment as they are not dog people either.  They tolerate Bo because Bo is smart enough to bow to their superiority as cats.)

Under the dogwood tree.

I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today.  If you don’t mind a little misty rain, it’s a great day for a hike around the pond and into the woods.  It isn’t a bad day for a boat ride either.  Row or pedal, it’s your choice.  Whatever you decide, I hope you’re having a great Saturday!


23 Comments on “Cool down”

  1. bearyweather says:

    It is cooling way down up here, too. about 50 or upper 40’s at night .. high of 75 today, clear skies .. and (said in a whisper) absolutely no bugs (we don’t know where they went no flies no mosquitoes)
    It simply perfect weather here. Feels like Fall is already here … way too early.

    • Robin says:

      No bugs, Bearyweather? How wonderful! The flies seem to be multiplying like crazy here lately. Thankfully they are regular old houseflies and not deer flies. Still, they’re buzzing around drives me a little crazy, especially when they’re in the house.

  2. Ellen says:

    Bo got a “goose” reason to go into the water and you got a good reason for prefering cats over dogs!! a good reasoning day for everybody!!!
    Hope you are having a great Saturday too … it`s raining in BA and it`s cold too but there is a good reason for that: it`s winter!!

  3. Mike says:

    Beautiful, Robin.

  4. Chatter Master says:

    “Classified”…..loved it! Great pictures as always.

  5. Sallyann says:

    Pardon my ignorance please … but why do you need to chase off the geese ?

    • Robin says:

      The geese tend to make themselves at home on and around the pond, Sallyann. If it were one or two geese, even up to four geese, that would not be too much of a problem. However, if we allow one goose to stay that goose calls out to all its friends and family, and the next thing you know, we have 50 or so geese making themselves at home. Geese poop, a lot. That poop makes a big mess on the paths around the pond. Worse yet, the poop puts nutrients in the pond that cause algae to grow. Too many geese can upset the balance all around, and then the fish start to die off. So it’s best to chase them away as soon as possible.

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  7. I wonder if that Canada Goose knows she changed Bo’s life? There’s something about rain, especially a soft drizzle that makes the fields and meadows pop with life and energy. it was a lovely walk around with you today.

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    Although still warm, the change from not sweltering is wonderful.

  9. Kathy says:

    Interesting how animals can teach us about ourselves. Thank goodness Bo was a good reflection for you. It’s cooled down tremendously up here lately. Temps in the 70’s with nice breezes. Such a relief from that hot spell awhile back. My daughter in NYC is pining for fall weather. I’m not after this cool down.

    • Robin says:

      Animals have a lot to teach us if we pay attention, Kathy. But I know you already know that. I’m pining for fall too. I’ve had enough of the heat, although I do try to appreciate whatever Mother Nature throws at us. 🙂

  10. CMSmith says:

    That’s such a beautiful place you have to walk right outside your door.

    I’ve never had a cat, but know that they are much more independent than dogs. I’m pretty sure I’m a dog person through and through.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Christine. I know you have beauty outside your door, too. Your gardens are lovely. 🙂

      I like the independence of cats, and think that’s why I’m much more of a cat person. But it was nice to have the kind of companionship a dog offers for a short time. Bo was good company to have on my walks.

  11. Dana says:

    My own personality is more like a cat’s (reserved, quiet, and occasionally suspicious/disdainful of others), but I’ve been enjoying being around dogs lately. They bring out the more playful aspects of myself, and they teach me about loving unconditionally and openly. I agree, though– they’re a lot more work than their feline counterparts! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Dana: Those qualities (playfulness, loving openly and unconditionally) are some of the reasons I possibly could become a dog person. Bo, in particular, is such a loving, joyful dog (when he’s not scared of something).

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