~ Beagle + Bunnies = Action ~

Wild cottontail rabbits thrive in the hedgerows and blackberry brambles of open fields surrounding our neighborhood. In late winter to early spring they graze my front yard, and twice I have discovered nests in dry, secluded corners of winter gardens. Late spring now, the air warms, light enters earlier and lingers longer into the evening, so critters and birds have moved to safer environs farther away from human contact.  Our beagle, Jello, bred to sniff out, chase, and catch critters like squirrels and rabbits, is four. We have been together almost six months, walking daily and recently I have been experimenting with allowing her off-lead in safe places (other than the dog park) to see how she responds.

IMG_1979This is her third time off-lead in this mostly fenced and roughly mown, Bonneville Power Association right of way, which is just off the road from our usual walk. It is a superb habitat for rabbits and other creatures.

IMG_1982Without needing me to go to her, Jello came to my call across the field. While I have 5 million scent receptors in my nose, she has 225 million, so paying attention to my commands is difficult for her — that nose is always very busy!

IMG_2020Jello is the fifth beagle I have had the pleasure of calling mine, and the first who thrills at going into the briers on her search for those elusive rabbits.

On the edge of the brambles, Jello’s nose picks up a fresh scent, which throws her whole body into a mid-stride course correction!

IMG_1999 - Version 2It is very clear to me — Jello is having fun.  We will continue to explore and trust together.

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Weekly Photo Challenge ~

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Feeding Frenzy ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Motion

 First I noticed a flock of mergansers, feeding in the bay.

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Then the seagulls moved in to clean up the leavings.

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P1040110What happened next was comparable to a barroom brawl!

P1040098 - Version 3Cries and screeches filled the air, accompanied by splashing and thrashing in the water.

P1040111When it was over all was quiet and peaceful once again.

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~ Wordless Wednesday + Weekly Photo Challenge ~

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West Side Dawn ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Early Bird

IMG_1348.JPGCabin #1 Beach Haven, Orcas Island, USA. On the east side of Orcas, the sun is rising,  while here on the west side, sunlight stretches into the atmosphere and bounces upon the water. Every time I see this view, I stand in awe.  Sometimes I remember to snap a picture!

 

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~ Wordless Wednesday & Weekly Photo Challenge ~

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Trillium ~ Sunday Stills ~ Wildflowers

Three weeks ago I posted photos of trillium I had taken on the first day of spring — Wake Robin — showing one trillium as it breaks the ground, and another already starting to bloom. These are native plants from bulbs that have lived under this canopy of fir and sky far longer than I have.

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 fragile tri-lily
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