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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The many looks of Shyla
I've had lots of time to contemplate the many faces of Shyla. Today, we took a break from our mountain bike ride to relax in the sun, and I took a series of photos of her as she lay on a boulder, and her face showed a bunch of different expressions.
A relaxed look with her face turned to the sun...
A relaxed glance at me...
Then, we both heard a loud sound from pretty far away, and she looked slightly worried. Her ears were back, and something about her eyes conveyed worry to me.
The sound became repeated gunshots from a commonly used "recreational shooting" spot, next to a trail, about a mile below us. She is peering in the direction of the shots.
The shooter finally took a break, at least for long enough to reload, and my girl could stop worrying about the loud noises. Now, she looked relaxed but ready to start running again.
I find it fun to try to figure out what Shyla's face is saying. Looking at her photos after the fact helps a lot. But I think that I'm constantly processing her expressions when we're in the moment.
Near end of our ride, Shyla looked very happy and relaxed after she'd been running continuously for a while. The autumn sunshine was divinely warm.
I was happy too! We had a super fun mountain bike ride on this precious Indian Summer day.