Surrounded by overgrown lush vegetation I ventured into what I call Coyote Territory it is a large expanse of land that runs along an old railway line and the river. The access is off a dead end road, usually I take the trail on the left today I decided to do the trail on the right. Both are gated, no cars or vehicles allowed One has to park and then hoof it along the trails Big signs DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH.. there have been reports of the coyotes ambushing and attacking dogs, the smaller dogs are easy targets.
There is a path, in the spring this a favourite area for birders, some of the path is still visible as you can see, now with the summer almost over, there are spots where you have to tread carefully to stay on the path. There were a zillion birds calling and singing in the trees, but don’t ask me what they were, I did look up into the trees and I could see their shapes now and then, but aside from that.. I haven’t a clue.
There was city sounds, conversations, kayakers drifting down the river, children across the river playing along the water’s edge, but strangely enough, on the side I was on… it was only the call of birds, the rustle in the brush of small animals getting out of the way of human footsteps, and my movements as my elbows or waking stick (hung over my shoulder) hit the foliage of protruding branches.
I hadn’t been to this location since early spring, I was happy to see the makeshift bridges over small ravines, were mended or replaced.
I did get to the water’s edge, and will post that another time. Suffice to say, the up and down walking, stopping, starting, and very uneven paths made for a good morning’s workout. I cannot express it enough just how totally refreshing and engaging it is for me to spend time in Nature There were only two other people out in the area I was in this morning, a woman and her 6 month old Great Dane, and another gal who I startled when I came out from a side trail… we had a giggle and I let her get on ahead, since I kept stopping to take pictures, that was easy enough to do.
Today being the 21st. is (in PL) a day set aside for special prayers and service – we give thanks for the blessings of the past weeks, and express our appreciation, for life is full of wonderful moments, for this I am truly grateful.
PL Precept #1 Life is art.
PL Precept # 2 To live is to express One’s self..
PL Precept # 11 Always be with God.
This morning’s walk in Nature was truly a time of reflection and wonder. I may be tired, but I feel totally blessed to have been able to experience quality time embraced by/in Nature’s bounty.