What a crisp, bit cloudy, brilliant morning..... neighbors Dog found to have a TIC....they cancel going along and go to the VET. Just ME and MAC. The light looks perfect for an autumn picture maybe. I only take the phone camera. ............ SO. JOIN me for just a few brilliant visions my head saw this morning, here, the peak of fall color: I don't even have to leave the yard these mornings....in the BACK of the house, our tiny Deciduous Redwood (now about 10 yrs old..) is ready to shed its needles.....it's gorgeous spring summer and fall...... SO.....One doesn't have to walk far from this house to find so wonderful a rain forest, that the shorter vine maples often have to bend and stretch and search for light. hence. many scenes like this: or these...... **Those BENT limbed trees are all over this park.....the nature of the rain forest! Halfway into our walk, we pass MAC's favorite late winter romping puddle, the Elk Wallow....it's just now barely returning with all the rain, but not quite "rotten" enough to intrigue him....by January, if he's NOT leashed walking by this, it is irresistible to him: And, then uphill for a big, yep, it works the lungs, good reason to walk, eh..... some other tree scenes are simply breathtaking (at least "live" they are...I know, it's a phone camera): and on the way back, if you're looking you'll find a few "bird buffets"....rotten trunks now full of bugs for our feathered friends: or this one: **bigger, and looking like there's a nest or two up higher..... ONE massive old fir ....I'm wondering about termites.....SOME ANIMAL is taking on some of the thick bark of this tree....it's a GRAND HUGE OLD fir: ****AND this morning's walk was NOT along the VERY scenic Wildwood Trail.....sinee I prefer to let MAC walk unleashed, I often stay on the Fire Lane...you seldom see a soul unless a jogger or two....but if you and I HAD walked the Wildwood, this is what it looks like out this far from town: Thanks for joining me..........I USED to THINK I was giving up my own wants to WALK this dog for HIS sake....and long ago, I realized I GOT more out of it than this wonderful animal companion, who loves the walk, but his nose is always looking' down..... and, well, he's right in a way, you need to make sure you don't come across coyote scat and step in it.....damn coyotes! They poop right ON the trail.... OH well! We're back home now with an appetite! How about some just baked sourdough toast and eggs and bacon? See ya soon.