Perfect autumn days are meant to be enjoyed. My favorite spot this time of year — well, pretty much any time of year, but especially in the fall — is about a 30 minute hike from the back gate.
There’s an open area in the middle of the forest where the sun shines down on a small, flat ridge covered with a thick carpet of moss. I think of this lovely place as “Mossy Ridge.”
The dogs love the cool, soft bed it provides for taking a break from sniffing and roaming. Sammi was getting sleepy when I took the photo at the top of this page. The combination of sun and the moss bed was just so relaxing.
Below, Cookie takes a break but stays alert in case Franki finds something worth getting up for.
I love this spot for many obvious reasons and am always looking for something interesting to photograph. The sunlight shining through autumn leaves, for instance.
I liked the look of the plain brown leaf — from a hickory tree, I’m pretty sure — so moved aside all the others and focused only on the hickory leaf.
Even the browns of autumn can be beautiful if you look at them in a different way.
Meanwhile, Sammi perks up when he hears Franki’s jingle bells tinkling and the crunching of long-dead leaves as she runs toward the clearing.
I put the bells on Franki’s collar to help give any nearby wildlife an extra alert that the Blue-Eyed Wonder Dog is out and about. The bells also help me keep an ear on her while she’s out roaming.
Franki pretty much has two speeds: fast and stop. And she never stops for long.
For obvious reasons, I don’t try taking many photos of Franki while we’re out in the woods. She’s just not her most photogenic when she finally plops down for a short rest.
So I go back to my leaf to see what more I can perhaps see … by shifting just a bit to change the angle of the light coming through the leaf …
Or maybe …
Then changing the angle on Sammi, just for kicks.
My handsome boy.
Andie and Cookie, as mismatched bookends, enjoy a shadier spot toward the back of Mossy Ridge.
Well, it’s time to head back home. We hope to see you around!