Saturday, August 27, 2011


The sun woke up to a tangerine sky this morning, 
and Barley and I left early for a short walk to the lake.


An old doe paused between bites of corn to watch us from a safe distance; 
she has us patterned, and she wasn't too worried.  
Farther along, triplet fawns bounded away through the high grass.

Barley ran ahead of me, and by the time I got to the quiet cove, 
he was already standing in the water.  
I tossed a stick, and the splash he made was only equalled by his excitement.

He swam swiftly to retrieve it and then back to lay it at my feet,

 shaking off the water and showering me with his spray, 

before begging to go again.

After a few retrieves, he was satisfied, and started up the hill ahead of me, 
his head held high with the trophy he retrieved from the water.

The rest of the day was busy, with visitors coming and work to be done, 
but in my mind, I held a trophy of my own:

 the memory of those moments with our favorite dog and his well-loved stick.


Anonymous said...

i love these series! {your?} dog is sooo cute! i love dogs! my absolute fave is the one of him shaking!! you captured it soooo well! LOVE IT!

Amish Stories said...

Just saying hello and hoping that everyone is safe during hurricane Irene's journey through the northeast. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,pa.

Karin M. said...

Das ist eine sehr schöne Serie...das erste Foto gefällt mir besonders gut....
LG: Karin

Jennifer Richardson said...

LOVE your tangerine sky
and the ebullient doggie joy!
A retriever and water
and something to chase
....what could be finer:)

S. Etole said...

You captured the shaking off of the water perfectly!

Sara said...

Love your sunrise shot, what an incredible colour. The doe shot is beautiful. But I LOVE your dog shaking shot, just awesome capture!

Pat said...

A lovely series starting with that gorgeous sky! I love the photo of Barley shaking off the water - he looks like a great dog!

Connie Smiley said...

You're right, Pat, Barley is the best!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Love the photo of Barley shaking that water off! So cute!

Evelyn S. said...

Precious narrative of your walk! I especially love the photo of Barley shaking the water off.

Barbara said...

I begin each day with a morning walk with my dogs, so I really enjoyed this! Love the color of your morning sky!

lisa said...

What wonderful photographs these are Connie, and Barley is just precious!

Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!


Linda Jane Makiej said...

These are great shots!!

Biboy Ordinario said...

nice set of photos :) i love it :)

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