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Thursday, August 27, 2015

8/26/15 Neighborhood

Another mostly gray rainy day so we just walked around the neighborhood. I took my camera this time and found flowers in peoples yards.

Stargazer Lily

Fenton was outside so Kelley got to spend a little time with him. He's still a pup and has more energy.

In another neighbors yard - I had not seen this variety of hydrangea - different shape and color.

And a rudbeckia in another yard

Kelley got to see a friend and I got a few pictures.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8/25/15 Perch Pond

Our string of gray weather with predicted rain continues and we are reluct to travel very far only to get rained out.  70's but very humid so it felt more like a sauna. We started from the North Trail and found few mosquitoes and only a couple of deer flies - perhaps they are finally done for this year. I'm still aiming for an hour and a half for Kelley.

It doesn't have to be a lot of water

Some nice ferns

Don't know how I got this small pond without Kelley in the picture

She was very happy when we reached the big pond

A section of the Shore Trail

Another chance to get in the pond

There are still a few wildflowers but they are getting a bit ragged.

One of the few butterflies I got this year - it has a couple of fiends

I also got few dragonflies this year so was happy with this one.

and a few more flowers

A nice peaceful hike- we met no one. Kelley did well ,seemingly without problems and I managed to not take any wrong turns. An hour and three quarters was close to our goal. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

8/23/15 DeMeritt Forest

Rainy weather continues so we went to DeMeritt to get in a hike before the rain resumed - good timing as it didn't start again until on our way home.

Kelley soon found some muddy water to get into.

and I found a few things to photograph

Not as muddy

We met a group of people with three dogs and walked with them until we turned off onto the Blue Trail and this group made  Kelley very happy.

Fancy and plain

After we completed our loop we walked over to the trail leading down to the Stillwater

The little cove alongside the river

and the river

Kelley was very happy with the deeper water and I was glad she was getting the mud rinsed off. She stayed in longer than usual but came out when I opened a trail bar.

and then a little rest

One last time in the water

A pretty good outing - temps were in the 70's and Kelley seemed happy to be out and showed no problems. 1  3/4 hours 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

8/22/15 Downtown

Rainy day so we just went downtown to walk around. I let Kelley pick the route and she took us on a short loop and back to the car.

Some urban stuff

On a forum I post on they asked for pictures of  "parts of wholes"

Not much of a walk but at least we got out - several more days of rain predicted and we need it.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

8/21/15 Essex Woods

Cloudy with rain predicted - seemed like a good time to go to the nearby woods.  There were a couple of dogs in the dog park ( fenced) by the parking lot but Kelley was not interested in going in so went down the trail to the old rail bed. She managed to find a couple of mucky spots to get in - we really need the rain as she came out covered with muck

Neither of us was very energetic so she sniffed around and I looked for pictures - similar activities.  There are still some flowers about but lots of things are finished for this year.

We only met one person - a birder coming down the hill as we climbed up. He had a Lab at home and gave Kelley some attention , which pleased her. When we got to the top she was still not interested in the dog park so we headed off to run errands

When we got home she was still mucky  and I tried to get her into her wading pool - not interested ( she's been in it about once a year) - she also runs at any indication of an impending bath, so I put her on a leash and rinsed her with a watering wand on the garden hose. That got most of it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

8/20/15 City Forest

Cooler today so we stayed in town. Decided on an easy day for Kelley and we headed for the forest.

First stop the beaver pond

Then a short walk in the woods - only one of the small pools she uses still had any water. Rain is predicted for the next few days and would be welcome.

Some things we saw.

Kelley stopped a couple of times which I took to mean she had enough so we headed back to the pond before heading back up the hill.

Short but pleasant. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

8/19/15 Little Long Pond

Another hot one so back to Acadia where it's cooler. This is also one of Kelley's favorites.

Saw these on the way over

We started from the end of the pond and I always take a picture from there.

Enjoying the water

 and a wildflower

She's behind because there were many interesting scents to check out.

Another wildflower

A final dip

This worked out well. Kelley was enthusiastic and seemed to have no problems. We didn't meet as many people as usual and I think this was a disappointment for Kelley. Hike was an hour and a half which is what I was aiming for.