The Pointer joined out family about 6 years ago at the age of six. She had never been outside of a kennel until then, and the first time she saw a stream like this one she didn’t know what to do about it. I had to coax her into the water and demonstrate that it was good to drink. It’s a pleasure now to see her head right for a stream and get her cold drink and a little cooling off before continuing a hike.
Our humidity here is very low, but the temperatures are forecast to be in the 90′s for the next week too. There will be early morning hikes only for awhile. THe nights here are cool though. Last night’s low was 44.
I can really understand how it felt for Molly to get a walk in the shade, and rewarded with this fresh, cool water. My dog always prefer water in the nature, even without heat (which is very rare you know).
The mosquitos are about gone here now. There were a few pesky small flies in the few spots of sun along the lower part of the trail, but once into the canyon under the cedars, not a one. We did have a mosquito season this year though in the valley. It was about all I could do to get them all rounded up and branded!
This is an old standby for me. It’s close, always pretty and you can feel the temperature drop when you enter under the cedar canopy by the stream. The trail is 6 miles long and has an altitude gain of about 3000 feet so there is always a climate zone that’s comfortable.
It is very fortunate to have places like this that are still in a wild state and yet I can enter not too far from where I live. This trail meets another after 6 miles and then another mile and a half and you would be at the top of a 7000 foot high peak which is covered with wild grasses and wildflowers.
glimpses of waterfalls are so beautiful
looks like a nice hike for a hot day
just went through your last dozen posts
enjoyed seeing the frozen lake with crystalline surface
the gorgeous wildflowers and life through your lens and joy for what you see
There’s so much to see in these mountains. That lake would have melted by now but there would still be snow banks agains the mountains behind it. And the flowers would still be in bloom up there. There are many such lakes and I wish I could visit them all.
Cameras just aren’t made for that kind of setting. The overhead canopy of the cedars provide deep shade but it is broken by shafts of sunshine, making stark contrasts that a camera sensor just can’t handle. Makes me understand that the human eye and the way it can see just fine under those circumstances is a nothing short of a miracle.
I just love your aside that you had to help Molly learn how to enjoy the water. It puts a whole new slant on that nature/nurture business. We assume sometimes that with the animals it’s all nature, but it ain’t necessarily so!
I think that even the young of wild creatures need to be taught. Of course, they run into so much of their environment very soon into life. Molly’s real puppyhood began when she came to live with us and it was up to me to teach her what her mother would have in the wild. I would guess there is a fine, nearly indistinct line between instinct and learned behavior.