Sophie make a good head-rest.
I took the dogs for a happy walk this afternoon. It was starting to sprinkle when I left, so I put on a rainjacket for the first time in ages. It has been a very hot dry summer, but the rainfall we got last week quickly turned everything green again.
I found some wild black raspberries. These are at their peak in July, but some seem to keep fruiting a little longer.
They are ripe when they turn that dark purple.
Where'd all the ripe ones go?
Here one minute...
Gone the next!
I love our pond. One day we'll get a windmill to run an aeration device so that the water isn't full of algae and duckweed. I was thinking of taking a bucket of duckweed back for the Muscovies.
It's fun playing "spot the frog." We have zillions of frogs in here. In and around the pond, I've seen Northern Leopard frogs, Green frogs, Wood frogs, Bullfrogs, Spring Peepers, Mink frogs and most recently, a Grey Tree frog.
Can you see the little guy in the middle of this picture?
Northern Leopard frog!
How about in the middle of this photo?
Sophie turns nine this fall, as does Tristan. She has not slowed down one bit!
The dogs can't pass this pond without jumping into it.
Today I was able to sit by the pond for awhile. That's hard to do in summer because there are so many mosquitoes, deerfly and blackfly there. But today the bloodsuckers were fairly restrained, so I sat on the flat rock and leaned against my swampy smelling dog while listening to some tunes on the old iPod.
The goldenrod is out in force, a sure sign of fall. I don't know what the spikey plants are. They are very similar to stinging nettles but I don't think that's what they are! The leaves are narrow and the things hanging off them (blooms? Seed pods?) are bizarre. I bet my friend Ronna can identify it!
More pictures tomorrow. I needed to get away from my computer and let my mind wander. Sophie was grateful for the outing!
I am seeing leaves turning colours already. I am not ready for autumn!