Since so far the snow has refused to come to Iowa (supposed to snow today!), I thought I would share some photos I took in November of our local county park where I take my black lab sometimes. We walk/jog intervals around the lake and breath in the great, crisp country air. With all the fall leaves gone, I enjoy looking at the naked trees with their various limbs, bent sometimes in gnarled shapes and other times outstretched towards the sky. Usually here in Iowa I would not be walking around in just a hooded sweatshirt in late November, but we continue to have unusually warm weather along with no snow or rain for that matter. We are supposed to have a blizzard Thursday so I do have my snowshoes ready. However, until then, it was fun to remember this beautiful day in November.
I found the above tree interesting. Thinking back to the Lord of the Rings movies where the trees come alive and carry the hobbits, I like to imagine trees like this coming alive and talking about all they have seen. In the below picture I enjoyed the sun’s rays slanting across the water and the small trees. I was reminded of a huge windstorm we had in the past because I could see where the one tree is damaged at the top, but the little tree continues on reaching towards the heavens.
As the dog and I hit a paved portion of the path and rounded the big curve in the road, all of a sudden she perked up.
I wonder what she is looking at?!
Of course, ducks and geese. I was excited to get a couple of them landing in the water. There were also some young deer playing along the water’s edge, but of course, I could not get close enough with my cell phone camera to get a picture. It was a windy day so I think we may have been the only ones at the park, so with good exercise and nature surrounding me, my soul was restored. Who can resist a happy fully exercised dog too!