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Monday, June 2, 2014

The world of slickrock

The new campsite that I told you about moving to in yesterday's post was a land of rock, including on the ground. The ground was mostly slickrock so the dogs had to wear their boots. Paw pads rapidly get sore from running on rock.
We have a designated "dog boot rock" at this campsite where their boots dry out in the sun during the day.

R has never minded boots because they mean "RUNNING!". Shyla always looks a bit uncomfortable in them. Look at how her front paws are turned to her right and her back paws are turned to her left, as if she doesn't quite feel her paws.
And Shyla adopts poses that seem designed to make it clear that she doesn't like these darn boots.
In fact, I fell for it (again), and I loosened up that front left boot. She promptly "lost" the boot. I finally found it later after retracing our mountain biking route.

It's probably the most exotic campsite we know of, surrounded by boulders bigger than cars and huge cliffs. I adore spending time there.
So do the pups. Here is R looking off into the distance.
And then looking coy while lying on slickrock. Perhaps you can see in the next photo that his fur is "brindling" a little more each year. Apparently, this is a rare genetic thing that causes black dogs' fur to become sprinkled with other colors - in R's case, it's mostly brown. Apparently, this can become a serious condition in some dogs, with their fur falling out, but it's progressed so slowly in R that I doubt that it's heading in that direction.
In the Red Rock desert, sunset is one of my favorite times. I adore seeing Shyla light up in the red sun rays with the glowing rock and blue sky behind her.
We have fun with our sunset photoshoots among the boulders.
That night, as a rarity, another campsite was nearby and they had a huge campfire. It reflected off the red rocks, looking otherworldly from the camera's view. And, yes, there was another shooting star (faint) in the photo.
Even when I turned the camera 180° away from their fire, the rocks stilled shined red. I have to admit that I loved the visual effect. You can barely see the "dipper" part of the Big Dipper in the left top of this photo.
Thank goodness that Springtime is truly here in Colorado or I'd be pining to go back to the Red Rocks!


  1. wow, that last shot is really neat! all of them are wonderful. laughing at sweet shyla in her shoes. :)

  2. OMG those stary pics are amazing and beautiful!!!!

  3. I dream of camping Out There. Thanks for the vicarious trip :)

  4. Poor Shyla with the boots. I do sympathize.

    Those red rocks and stars are spectacular!

  5. Incredible sky Pictures with the stars.
    You are very good at it. I assume you must have long shutter time...
    qute dog shoes.....

  6. I have found it impossible to keep those boots on Tommy. Maybe I don't tighten them enough…

    the left and right pic is very fun. As is the clear indication that one pup is considerably "messier" than the other!

  7. Our big world is totally amazing and you bring it to light for us! Your pictures are always incredible.

    We keep looking at that picture of Shyla in her boots standing there pigeon toed. We can only imagine what she is thinking!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  8. Such an amazing set of photos and we can understan why you so love that area!

  9. Love the photos. The red rock always looks beautiful, no matter the time of day.

  10. It's like National Geographic live!!! Do you worry about rattle snakes?
    Lily & Edward

  11. What beautiful captures!! I also just love seeing Shyla bathed in the light of sunset!

  12. What a camping adventure. It's like looking into photos on a magazine. The photos of R and Shyla are really amazing.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  13. Those night shots are amazing, KB! Thank you for sharing them with us.

  14. Shyla cracks me up with the boots! :)
    I love R's coat; he is so beautiful!
    The campfire light on the rocks is incredible, as are your night skies!

  15. This campsite really does put our into pale insignificance, truly wonderful. Shyla's face and feet say it all about the bootees, and R, always so handsome. Super night photos, looks like it did stay very fine weather. Cheers, Jean

  16. Beautiful photos, especially the sky pics! I don't think I could every wear boots. They would turn me into a statue.

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  17. The night sky pictures are just fabulous, KB! We sure do love your blog ♥

  18. We finally have spring, and yet I still can't wait to get back to the desert!

    Magical night shots!


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