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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sunlight and Shadows

Shyla and I managed to pedal up to a high plateau before sunrise today. To the west, the mountains were softly lit with alpenglow.
To the east, we watched as one spot on the ridge brightened, and then the sparkle of the rising sun appeared barely peeking over the ridge.
The sun almost immediately warmed us and bathed us in a rosy glow.
The forest is a little spooky around sunrise, with patches of bright sun and patches of deep darkness dappled throughout it. I usually seek out the light.
But I love the interplay of the gorgeous sunlight and shadows. Huge boulders stand throughout our forest. When the sun has just risen, our shadows project onto them.
I love to watch the dancing shadows.
Usually, during these games of fetch, Shyla is focused on her toy and on me.
But, every now and then, she stares over my shoulder with an unmistakable intense look that gives me chills.
I cannot help but check whether some large animal is behind me when her eyes look like this. Today, she even stopped in her tracks to stare...
I looked behind me but saw nothing. However, I didn't forget her look. I wondered if she smelled an animal that wasn't in view.

Later in our snow bike ride, we passed a spot where I sometimes hike into the woods to check a trail camera. As I glanced toward my tracks sunken deep into the snow, I saw large paw prints that had followed exactly in my sunken footsteps. I also saw that Shyla was intensely interested in the scent of the tracks. I hadn't been planning to check that camera but my plans changed right then.

I'll tell you tomorrow about what I found. I doubt that Shyla was as surprised as she looked in this photo! She probably knew from the scent what animal had passed nearby. Sometimes I wish that I had the power of smell that a dog has!
Don't you love the look she gave me? She was surprised about something!


  1. she is so cute! shyla's always aglow, but that first shot might rival her. :)

  2. Wonderful sunlight and shadows. Love the surprised look.

  3. We can't wait to see what you found. Your early morning pictures are stunning.

  4. Such a cute little look on her. I love your photos of Shyla - she reminds me so much of our Sally Brown. I don't have very many pics of her, so I remember her through yours. Thanks.

  5. Beautiful!! I would be a little intimidated by the forest, especially after seeing all the photos from your wildlife cam!! :D

  6. We love the golden glows on all your photos, and Shylas just shines!
    Such a cute photo of her!

  7. I am so impressed by you and Shyla and your pictures!

  8. Walks at sunrise are wonderful--the best part of the day!

    That is a wonderful look Shyla is giving you.

  9. We love the surprised look photo! All of your photos are stunning! We'll be back tomorrow!

  10. Sun and shadows - even more magical in winter as we hunger for the light! Love the expressive photos with their golden glow.

  11. Hari Om
    One thing is for sure - you struck 'gold'!!! YAM xx

  12. Great post! So many wonderful parts I can't pick my favorite.

  13. She definitely knew about something you didn't know about. The expressions on her face are priceless!

    Happy Friday...

  14. All of those photos are just magical!

  15. Love that you were able to catch her different looks!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. She looked like a pinup girl in that last pose hers is beautiful!!!
    Angus McConnell

  17. When Torrey alerts like that, I pay attention too. She knows what's around, when I have no clue sometimes. I can't wait to see what the tracks were from.

  18. I love the last photo. I have a habit of printing out pictures of the faces my pups make and hanging them up at work - that would have been added!

    Monty and Harlow

  19. Oh my...that last shot deserves a frame for sure!!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  20. Wow, that was an intense look. Must have been something big!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley


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