|North American Black Duck|
We had a beautiful walk around Mud Lake, and I was being very careful, because I do know that some of the conservation area is off-limits to dogs, even if they are on leashes. In fact, I came across one such sign and reluctantly turned back.
On the bright side, I managed to snap some lovely pictures along the way. I found the ducks that had been living along Pinecrest Creek (which is much closer to our house).
|Female Mallard duck, with a leaf draped jauntily across her beak.|
Canada Geese were everywhere - and noisily so -- and they annoy me with their pushiness and their profuse excrement, but they were very obliging for photographs.
|I think "chillaxin" really applies here.|
It certainly didn't fit the surroundings. (I was also disappointed to see it surrounded with trash. Hooligans!)
We saw a beaver, but it was curled up and quite far away, so the only picture worth sharing is this one of some of the beaver's work in progress.
After taking that picture, I eagerly looked for the dam, but would have walked right by the beaver if others hadn't been there observing it. It made me wonder: how much do I miss on our solitary walks?
These berries surprised me; they must be leftover from fall. And, given their colour and the fact that they have not been eaten, I suspect they are poisonous. I kept Kane well away.
There were a lot of downed trees, left to sustain the ecosystem. This one was quite lovely, with its twisted grain.
It was about this point that I started noticing that (a) there were no other dogs on the trails, and (b) I was getting dirty looks from passersby.
This picture shows, approximately, the path we took. The green dot is about where we were when I realized we needed to leave.
Oops. I've no idea how I strayed into forbidden territory. And it's too bad because it really was a wonderful walk. I shall have to reserve it for human forays with my Best Beloved.
Fortunately, I did not get fined. But I do wish that one of those offended hikers had simply told me that I was in the wrong place. The fact that they just gave me dirty looks implies that they thought I knew I was doing wrong and didn't care.