And of course there is this one..... and the evidence of what she had stopped and done over the past winter months...
But I still love you. Let's just hold our noses and go land stomping...and remember to walk carefully.
One of us can jump in the creek and see if things are flowing in the direction they're supposed to go. This is something Aussie always checks when I'm with her.
...and interesting and sometimes beautiful fungus (I think this one is called turkey tail)...
...and what's in bud (this might be a lilac).
Aussie and I do a lot of checking of things when I'm out there. It's definitely a routine we have down now.
She keeps me moving because I do tend to linger too long in some spots and mess up the pace...I think she thinks the more times we go somewhere and then stop, the more opportunities for treats. I think she's right about that.
We walked back to the creek, crossed it, and sat down to share a blueberry muffin.
The sky may have been overcast and oppressive and the air stinky but the temperature was in the 60s. That part of the day was a big surprise and very, very nice. And spending time with my friend Aussie is always fun. But another thing about spring that I don't like and had completely forgotten about made its appearance..........the first tick. Errrrgh. Hateful, nasty things. After finding one marching up my arm, we finished the muffin, I got in the car, Aussie led the way to the street and then I drove home with urgency (I would have gone over the speed limit but Kansas cops are vigilant and mean). Luckily I didn't find any ticks on me when I got home but after finding one tick I always imagine its still on me days later. I just despise the things. But I guess not enough to keep me from stomping on that land again next week with Aussie. :-)