Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Return to the Forest

For the first time since late Spring, Kona and I headed to the forest. I picked a route that kept us on a fireroad and away from the pesky foxtails that chased us from these trails in the first place.

Winter's water disappeared from the creek.
We zigged up the trail, avoiding the narrows of the canyon.
We snaked up the hillside, keeping views of the morning sky.
Kona, who often is told she looks like a coyote (if not outright mistaken for one), showed off her wild animal pose.
A doe crashed down the near vertical slope above us, showing how gravity strips the grace from even the most sure-footed. Kona wanted to follow. I wondered why the doe ran so quickly.
The sun made a cameo through the clouds but was outshone on what turned into a day of rain.
Near the top, Kona caught the irresistible whiff of an animal and took the direct route to get a closer sniff.
She eventually gave up.

At our destination, we took in the view of the city to the South
and the forest ahead of us.
On our way down, Kona skirted around nervousness (Kona often gets nervous as we head towards our car) but managed to look my way when I called her, sun in her eyes and all.


Sara said...

I'm glad you were finally able to return to the forest. I'm sure Kona appreciated the new smells and terrain!

KB said...

Ahh, the forest. It must have been like a breath of fresh air.

How's hell week going?

I have many early morning photos with my dogs' eyes closed due to the low sun so I smiled when I saw your last photo. Plus, Kona's alter-ego, her shadow, has mighty long legs!

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

I love the way her lips look as she looks down toward the doe. :o)

Anonymous said...

What a Most Luvly run! Neither me or my mom woulda ever thought there were so many pretty things out there close to a big city like that! It so nice you can gets close to nature.

Wiggles & Wags,

PeeS. You're Most Welcome for the donation. We were very much happy to be able to do it!

Kathy said...

That one picture is neat, it really does make her look like a coyote! Pretty Kona, what a lookeer!

Barb said...

Just returned from a trip and catching up, AC. I certainly wouldn't mistake Kona for a coyote! Your photos are wonderful - glad you can return to the forest.

Priscilla said...

Walk in the forest - what a nice place to walk. I always enjoy reading about your walks, having fun with Kona in a wild place.

Love the last picture of Kona. Need any sunglasses?