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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yesterday, Outdoors, Near Home

Sarah above the creek at meadow's edge
We got outdoors yesterday, but Sarah didn’t do a lot of running. With a sharp ice crust on the snow, she stepped carefully, exercising her nose instead of her legs, smelling the ground as if working on some great mystery that had passed that way before us. I did a lot of stopping myself, exercising my eyes and experimenting with my camera.

Ice-covered popple branches

Looking south along orchard aisle

Ice on cherry branch, wooded hill behind

4 comments:

BB-Idaho said...

If Sarah is a typical dog, about 33% of her brain is devoted to sniffing and interpeting. Cold
temperature tends to limit evaporation, so her noggin likely got a good work out. (Just guessing here, since 33% of my brain involves fastfood) :)

P. J. Grath said...

Sarah is indeed a typical dog. One thing that means is that, like every well-loved canine companion, she is the best dog in the world! And yes, she does love to investigate and explore the world with her nose. The temperature was rising on Monday. that ice on branches melting fast, so I imagine all the wonderful aromas and perfumes of the outdoor world were practically exploding.

Dawn said...

Don't you just wonder sometimes how they (the dogs) stand it when everything smells so exciting!

P. J. Grath said...

In the early summer, when lawns and fields and roadsides are mowed for the first time, and that intoxicatingly sweet smell of fresh-cut grass is in the air, it is so exciting to me that I always think how much more exciting it must for horses and other grazing animals. Wow! And for Sarah and Katie--for dogs--yes, every day!!!