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Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Few Signs of Spring

We took advantage of a break in the showers today to get in a short walk at Fern Ridge Reservoir.  If you follow me regularly you know this is one of our favorite places to walk and let the dogs get in a little exercise.


There were myriad signs of spring, from the sound of frogs and birds and the chattering of squirrels to signs of new life on the trees and bushes. 


I don’t know what this tree is but it has a waterfall of new growth.  The new leaf covered shoots cascade from the larger branches almost to the ground.


russ behind new leaves


This is what those little leaves look like close up.


new leaf


Some of the older leaves are still trying to hang on.  Don’t they know that fall was a long time ago?


leaves hanging on


But nature will win out and spring will come again.


leaf buds and moss




new pine cones


And as the sun sank slowly into the west, the Lone Ranger and Tonto…errr…that is…Russ and Rusty started their journey towards the car and home.  Poppy was already halfway over the bridge.  When it’s time to head back to the car, she’s always ready to get there first!


russ and rusty




Both dogs (and both people too!) are plum tuckered.  Rusty had a hard time keeping up but he did his best.  He stumbles a lot but he keeps going and even got in a little trot or two.  It’s funny because he seems to have better control when he moves a little faster.  The vet said absolutely NO RUNNING, and I don’t think Rusty could run much anyway, but he had a good time on our shortened walk.  Bless his heart, he doesn’t give up.

19 comments:

  1. Always good to see signs of spring. You made me laugh about Lone Ranger and Tonto...

    Rusty. Dogs never complain, do they, Donna? Glad you all enjoyed your walk.

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  2. I can smell the fragrant of spring flowers in the air. What a wonderful smell it is! Get those shorts out...it won't be long now! ~wheresweaver

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  4. Oops, bad typing. Meant to say

    Dogs have such great hearts, don't they? Love the pictures

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  5. Nature is starting to put on a show for us to enjoy. That's really going to make the Hitchitch bad.

    It's about time.

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  6. And spring is springing for you folks...yeahhh-god love Rusty's heart...dogs are amazing to say the least...love that tree pretty cool to say the least...

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  7. I still can't believe we're talking spring in February. Just something wrong with that whole idea - even if it is beautiful. Those puppies of ours just keep giving their all, don't they.

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  8. In the picture, the tree looks like it's made of gold - very pretty! I love the photo of you & Russ together, btw. And that ya'll are off your rockers! ;-)
    Rusty still has spirit, which is great.

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  9. Isn't it the truth, our old dogs just want to keep up with us and never give up. But one day he will and it will be up to you to read his signals. The day he doesn't get up from his sleeping place, or doesn't want to eat.

    Love and enjoy him for as long as you can.

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  10. Thank you, thank you, for making your print size bigger. Like the shorter paragraphs with photos interspersed. Nice photo of you too. We well know the heartaches you feel watching one of your best Pals age. We were going through that a year ago at this time with our Max & Checkers. They could no longer climb the steps of the Motor Home. All the best.......

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  11. If you're like me you have to stop and think what part of the country you're in before you can key out the flora and fauna... Great pictures!

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  12. So glad you were able to get out for a bit. Enjoy!

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  13. Beautiful day to be out. So nice seeing those first signs of spring. Nice to hear Rusty got out for a while also. Enjoyed the pictures.

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  14. Hey Rusty, you sound like my beloved Duke, aka my doodle bug (even though he was 100 lbs he was still cute as a bug in a rug)
    Sounds like you are living by my motto " Never give up never give in"..nice and slow brave buddy.

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  15. looks like spring is on the way for you in Eugene!..hey the sky is blue here today!..what the heck?

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  16. Glad to see Rusty's still out there going for his walks (Russ too, by the way). I'm already looking forward to signs of spring as we head home - it's endless summer down here in Palm Springs!

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  17. Very nice post. It is always so nice to enjoy those outings especially in the spring when we often times need a new lease on life. I really enjoyed the picture on your post. Is that some type of willow?

    Just BS!(Bob and Sue)

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  18. That looks like a curly willow ?? Really like seeing those 1st sprigs of Spring. We have hardly any of that over here yet. But it was warm and sunny today!

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  19. I'm so glad Rusty was able to come along and enjoy his walk. He's such a good old boy. :)

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