362: Faces

Sgt. Gnome Lennon

This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post is Faces.  This seems like a good time to share the assortment of gnomes and other creatures I have left over from this summer’s adventures.

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359: On the Towpath Trail

Lil' Monet. From the Gnomes and Gardens exhibit at the Holden Arboretum.

It is another beautiful day here in the Bogs.  Sunny with autumn-like temperatures.  Perfect hiking and/or biking weather.  But there was work to be done around Breezy Acres so the only hiking I managed today was around the pond.

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330: Friday Flash

One of the pathways at the Holden Arboretum

It has been a long, full day, and it’s not over yet.  I’m going to put up a quick blog post and hope the quality of the post isn’t as bad as I suspect it will be.

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329: Muck raking

Somewhere in the neighborhood

According to the World English Dictionary, a muck rake is an agricultural rake used for spreading manure.  A lake rake, on the other hand, is an agricultural rake used for raking weeds out of a lake or pond.  The pond here at Breezy Acres not only has weeds, it has muck (also known are mud or mire).  So when I rake weeds and muck out of the pond, I think of it as muck raking.  It is a very dirty, messy, muddy, mucky business.

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326: Candy

Another rainy day

It’s another rainy day here in the Bogs.  The rain has been heavy at times, especially during the wee hours of the morning.  Throughout the day we’ve had mostly mist and mizzle, not good weather for taking the camera out into.  Sudden downpours appear every now and again, making it even more hazardous for the camera so I took most of my walk without it.  I did take a few photos of the rain from indoors, and later went out to capture a sunflower.

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324: Out on the water

Rowboat in fog and grass

I’m not sure what this day will bring so I’m scheduling this post to go out in case I’m either not home in time to do it live and in person, or I’m too tired.  M and I have a date with M the Younger and his lovely wife to go canoeing on the upper Cuyahoga River.  We’ll be having lunch after that, and then M and I have talked about taking a hike or going on a bike ride.  It depends, in part, on the weather.  There are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for the afternoon.

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323: Coyote Came Calling

Early morning view of the trees at the back of the pond

M and I had a new alarm wake us up early this morning.  A coyote came calling right outside our bedroom window.  We might not have heard him if it had been a warmer night with the windows closed and the air conditioning on.  If you’ve never heard a coyote howling, you can listen (and watch) here.  It was the first time I’ve heard one so clearly and closely.  I had no doubt at all about what it was.

The howl is one the coyote’s most significant qualities.  It is generally accepted to be primarily a social gesture.  It can express loneliness, warn of danger, or call for assistance.  It touches the soul of whoever hears, reminding us of our primal connections.

~ Ted Andrews

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