Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Wordless Wednesday #361 – A winter’s walk

December 19, 2017 5 comments

A foggy hike in the woods

A winter walk in the woods

A foggy day at Lebanon

Jasper and Maggie in the snow

Natural doorway

Holding on just a bit longer

Lebanon hike with Jasper and Maggie

Posing at Lebanon

Wordless Wednesday #302 – A walk along the river, Hastings, MN

August 17, 2016 5 comments

Mississippi River in Hastings, looking at Lock and Dam #2

Remnants of the past #mississippiriver

Walking the river walk in Hastings

Daisy along the river

Along the Hastings River walk

Daisy and Jasper on the Hastings River walk

One wet doggie #Daisy

A happy Jasper in Hastings, MN

Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River

Wordless Wednesday #284 – A walk in the woods

April 5, 2016 13 comments

Fall leaves in spring

The swans in spring

Swans at Lebanon Hills in April.

Big forest. Little Lab.

Landscape Zoomed In (The path was paved with pine cones) #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek14

Happy Daisy

Wordless Wednesday #271 – The last photo of 2015

December 29, 2015 5 comments

A coyote hunting in the distance


Wordless Wednesday #267 – Dusk in Minnesota

November 25, 2015 8 comments

Pastel skies obver flowering fields
Dusky Daisy

Cute Trouble
Almost like being in the moutains

Canadian Goose Migration
A moment of zen

Wordless Wednesday #265 – Doe, a deer

November 10, 2015 3 comments

Mom and kids

Wary eyes


I smell human

Doe, a deer

Sniffing the air for the scent of human

The Doe

Wordless Wednesday #264 – When three’s a crowd

November 3, 2015 12 comments

Three's a crowd
The challenge

One-sided conversation
Answering the challenger

The Interloper

Interloper 2

Keeping an eye on him


Wordless Wednesday #251 – A little birdie

August 4, 2015 4 comments

A little birdie 4

A little birdie 1

A little birdie 2

\A little birdie


Wordless Wednesday #248 – A doe, a deer, a female deer

July 14, 2015 5 comments

Hidden from view

A doe, a deer

She was curious to know what I was going to do with that big camera around my neck. 😊 #deer #doe #nature #wildlife

Watching while eating

A deer eating salad

Another deer seen along the MN River valley

Another doe from across the water!

The beauty of the Minnesota River Valley

Just a little beauty on the river valley bed.

Dog park magic and faraway places

May 13, 2013 12 comments

IMG_2154When I was a child, I used to imagine what it would be like if I could transport myself to another land. It was always someplace magical and exciting. Sometimes it was a magic stone that allowed me to travel to a foreign land – Italy, France, Ireland, etc. Other times, it was the arch of the trees in the woods across the street from my house that became a magical portal to a magical kingdom. Almost always, my fantasies were fueled by the books I read, adventurous stories filled with heroes (and heroines) taking on new worlds and succeeding. What child doesn’t want to escape to another land once in a while?

I’d like to say that over time I grew up and stopped fantasizing about those strange new lands, those magical places where enchantment and wonder abounded, but the truth is I am still a dreamer. I still love the idea of finding a land untouched by human hand. Or, exploring a faraway place where the crowds of humanity and the craziness of the world can be forgotten. I like to imagine the America that existed before buildings blocked our view of the sky. I wish to revel in the beauty and awesomeness of nature before it was destroyed by huge machines and mass consumption.

I think that’s why I fell in love with the dog park where I first started taking my dogs five years ago. Back then the park was a magical place, filled with wonder and excitement. Birds sang their beautiful songs of love from nearly every branch. Squirrels and chipmunks ran from tree to tree, gathering nuts and leaves for their nests. The sun streamed down between the treetops, creating rays of light that would hit dewy spots of grass and make steam rise from the ground. It was truly a magical place. One could enjoy the sights and sounds of nature without feeling the full encroachment of man. No people talking. No dogs barking. Just me and my dogs communing with nature. I could almost believe we had escaped to another land.

IMG_2710But, as it is with all fantasies, reality has a way of seeping in. What seems magical to one will seem magical to another, and then another, and then yet again another. Soon word had spread about this magical place, the place where my dogs and I have walked quietly through the forest and listened to the birds singing from the trees, and as it did, the quiet solitude of the forest was replaced by more and more human voices and barking dogs. Suddenly what had seemed magical and private to me had become less so.

We still love our dog park, my dogs and I, but there is something different about it now. It has lost some of its luster. It has become more of the dog park it was always designed to be.

The fenced in forest, where the wildlife used to outnumber the canines, has become less magical and I feel less entranced. I am craving a new land to explore.  What does it take to find a private place to park your dreams these days? Where can one go to enjoy the quietude of the forest? Colorado? Montana?

Where do you go when you want that kind of solitude with your dogs?

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