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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Heaven on Earth

Yesterday was a fog-enshrouded and frigid day. The photo below was of the very instant when the fog started to lift. It was spooky, beautiful, and very cold.
K and I took our morning hike, moving like ghosts through a deserted forest and walking like angels atop the crusted snowpack.
The fog seemed to muffle all sound, and that's probably why I accidentally sneaked up on a cow moose during my bike ride later in the day. She was standing quietly next to a small dirt road. At first, she just turned her head enough to watch me in her peripheral vision. I stopped my bike and stood watching her, to see which way she wanted to go. Then, I backed off a little to give her room to move. She pranced away, trotting while kicking her hooves up high in the air. She towered over me so tall that I suspect that her shoulder was higher than my head. In a few seconds, she'd disappeared into the forest, like a beautiful apparition.
Thanks to yesterday's frozen fog, the trees were painted crystal white with hoar frost this morning. It felt like we were hiking through a fragile crystal world that would shatter if I spoke too loudly.
I knew that the frost would disappear as soon as the sun warmed it so K and I hustled to a viewpoint.
While I was taking this photo, K scrambled atop Coyote Rock. I call it that because I spotted a coyote posed on it last winter, surveying the meadows below him. K did the same this morning, like her wild cousin.
This morning felt like paradise on Earth. The beauty around me was breath-taking, yet I knew that it would only remain so spectacular for a brief interlude until the sun warmed up. K and I moved swiftly and happily from one view to another. From the big to the small.
Our hike this morning sums up how I feel about our life now. K is happy, loving, and feeling good. Yet, I am told that this good phase won't last. I don't know when it will end so I am soaking up as much love and life with her as I can. Sometimes, I feel like I'm wearing myself out, never missing a single chance to hike or play or hug with K.

I realized that K and I are having our time of Heaven on this Earth. These days of grace are like a prolonged good-bye and a celebration of our love.
Heaven on Earth.


  1. Fantastic photos again. Just take one day at a time and live it to the fullest!


  2. That post made me get a little teary. I'm so glad you guys are squeezing tons of enjoyment out of each other and your environs. Beautiful! Hope this phase lasts a VERY long time!

    Big licks and doggy hugs,

  3. Hi Y'all,

    My Human is teary too. What a beautiful world to share and appreciate...true Heaven...

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. KB,

    I want to add that we are all truly blessed to be able to share the beauty of the western mountains through your eyes.

    Thank you,
    BrownDog's Human

  5. Thanks for sharing your story and those wonderful pictures of the frosty morning.


  6. Oh my, what beauty!

  7. You store up good memories whenever you can, to warm you when times are bleaker.

    Beautiful pictures -- I don't think we get weather anything like that where I am, down in GA.

  8. I've been dying for some of that hoar frost to take pictures in! Color me extremely green with envy! That photo of K on Coyote Rock may be the most stunning I've ever seen of your photos! My heaven, that is lovely! You should have that printed on canvas or framed. It is just gorgeous!

    I remember feeling that way with Treat when I knew she couldn't be with us forever. I really threw myself into living in the moment with her, too!

  9. Whether our dogs are sick or healthy, it is so important cherish those moments that feel so heavenly together.

    Thanks for sharing your moments with us.

  10. Your words and the very last photo say everything. K looks as though she does so enjoy the winter months, and her colouring and the snow are such a wonderful contrast.Enjoy, live each day with happiness,Cheers from Jean.

  11. Truly a magical world! Like some others above, your post made us teary too. We hope your prolonged time with K is very long indeed.

  12. OMG! Yes this heaven on earth post made me very teary! Your pictures just as your attitude with K are spectacular!!

  13. Such beauty in your pictures, and your words....

  14. We are teary eyed here as well...your photos and your words are just awesome! You are both an inspiration to us!
    xoxo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  15. Love the frost & moose photos. I have only seen moose (momma & 2 babies) in Yellowstone.

  16. In the last photo looks like K is thinking "one last photo and lets go OK?" Please don't wear yourself out, relax and let the love, gently, oh so gently, carry you along. We love the moose and the frost photos. Take care. Have a wonderful weekend. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  17. Your photos are a work of art.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  18. It's so beautiful! And your words made me tear up a bit
    Dachshund Nola

  19. That last photo is so beautiful, the look on K's face, wow. Thanks for sharing.

    Loveys Sasha

  20. What wonderful photographs. I can only imagine how these days are for you. You show a lot of courage to accept your time together and allow K to be herself. I admire you for that, and for so many other reasons.

    When such a time comes for us (and unfortunately it will) I only hope I can face it as bravely as you. Meanwhile, remember that I am (and many others are as well) on this roller coaster with all of you.

  21. BTW: I am so hoping the 'Heels won't have to meet Dook again. (We just might not get past Maryland in the tournament. It's pretty hard to beat the same team three times in a season.)

  22. wonderful pics and the frosted trees are so pretty!

  23. Your beautiful words paint a canvas that we can feel in our hearts.
    Your photos show us beauty we have never seen.
    K you are so beautiful.
    We love you all

  24. or perhaps an awakening past the haunting line of the ephemeral to the blinding permanence of foreverness where there are no good-byes. Heaven is anyplace your souls dance.

  25. Your pictures are so beautiful!

    It's hard to remember to take the time to enjoy the time we have. Thanks for the reminder.

  26. I understand that feeling of REALLY ENJOYING each day. It feels crazy sometimes. Try to be just you and K when you can. She just enjoys being with you...

  27. Live your life to the fullest K! another great adventure and great scenery that you share with us.

    Dog Shock Collar | Paw Planet

  28. Beautiful photos and lovely words.

    Enjoying your time of Heaven on this Earth and these days of grace are like a prolonged good-bye and a celebration of our love...

    brought tears to my eyes.

  29. You two are so lucky to have one another, and all that extraordinary beauty around you, and to know just how precious it al is.

  30. Hi KB thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.
    Your landscape pics are totally fab, i love getting to visit the places you go without even having to go there myself.
    i hope you and K have many many more fun hikes ahead and im so glad your treasuring every second. after losing Deefa i try to make every second of every day count with Stormy because you never know how long anyone has on this earth so you just have to make the most of it and you definately are xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  31. Beautiful photos and lovely words. K is such a beautiful girl, I hope that your time with her goes on much longer. God bless you for loving her and taking such great care of her.
    Princess Kisses

  32. What magnificent photos! Live every day as though it was your last!

    Love ya lots,

  33. Sending you big hugs and love. Another beautiful post that went right to our heart. Keep living in the moment!

    Lily Belle

  34. Beautiful photos as always! Keeping you in our thoughts.
    Lotsa Licks
    Casper Bear

  35. That moose shot was fantastic, not to mention the scenery!!

    Great stuff.


  36. In addition to the stunning photos, the message is spot on. As an "urbanista," I can only enjoy your world vicariously, but that world is truly amazing!

    Joan and the Barkalots

  37. What beautiful pictures! You are lucky to have a day with fog :-) so many great pictures. I like the moose one, seems they are darker than ours (see post from dec 2011, I have a moose family on picture)
    K is looking great as usual....

  38. I has always heard dat nuttin' beautifuls last furevers...or anything really furs dat fact. But you caan revel in it whiles it's heres.
    You knows we is just smitten withs wheres you lives and these fotos just proves it again.


  39. How awesome to see a moose!

    That second to last photo is so awesome, but then your last couple of paragraphs brought tears to my eyes, even though I'm so happy you are enjoying this time with K.

  40. Your photo's and especially your words are so beautiful. We will be following your journey closely.

    Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
    Oskar & Pam

  41. Beautiful post. Definitely heaven on earth.
    Fabulous photos.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The THugletsx

  42. The mystique of winter, you have captured amazing photos.

    Enhanced beautifully with K, enjoying every moment of the winter scene.


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