Trolley Trail

Barn Swallows and Bow Rudders

Barn Swallows and Bow Rudders

This morning, I went for a walk and family photoshoot on the Trolley Trail...

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When to Wear a Light Dog

I've borrowed another Golden for the week. Riley is boarding with us and learning how to respond to his name despite distractions, how to come back reliably when called, and how to greet strangers politely. He's also getting schooled in deep water stick wrestling.

He got plenty muddy in today's trip to the salt marsh. Mud shows a lot more on a lighter dog. Just something to consider when you're thinking about what shade of Golden Retriever suits your wardrobe.

Then off to home for a bath, towel dry, brush, and a quiet evening.

I do enjoy our dark gold boys' color, but there are certainly some occasions that merit a lighter shade.

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And to the Mud We Return

My folks came up to visit and to try to catch the Osprey nesting and fishing. While the Osprey weren't terribly active yet, as it's a bit early in their breeding season, we did have a great time out at the salt marsh.
And boy do the dogs love the marsh. I try to keep them from terrorizing the shorebirds too much, and I definitely keep them away from the bases of the Osprey's nesting platforms. Still, that leaves them a whole lot of tidal mud to rush around in.

While I got essentially no good shots of Osprey this time around, I'm happy with what I got of the dogs.
Jax seems to take particular joy in getting as muddy as caninely possible.

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Splash

It’s salt marsh season. This summer, I’ve been doing a lot of running with the dogs, which has meant far fewer opportunities for pictures, but here and there, we’ve gotten out for plain old hikes with the camera bag from time to time.

High tide is a nice time to go, and sometimes Jax moves so fast that it looks like he’s skimming the surface of the water.


He’s a grown up dog now, and while there are certainly puppyish moments, there’s also a lot of intense, mature focus in his manner, and you can really see that as he leaves a wake across the marsh.

Photo credit: Ben Taylor

There were only a few pictures from today, so Comet got short shrift, but he was there, romping and splashing and cutting up his paws a bit on the clams in the mud (he’s fine, by the way).


I bought a new car a few months ago. I loved my Jeep dearly, but it wasn’t efficient enough, so I downsized to an all-wheel-drive MINI Cooper Countryman. There’s plenty of space for the dogs, a roof rack that goes on or off in about three minutes, and all kinds of goodies that inspire my inner carhead.

The best goodie? The 30mpg highway I can get on my way to work.

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The O in Osprey


I’ve been writing this blog for long enough that I can start to see patterns and signposts in my year. And one of those signposts holds up an Osprey nest.


The challenge now is trying to work on composition and color to put together a shot that doesn’t just say “look how close I can get to the Ospreys” but also captures something about what it’s like to be there out in the open air, watching them come and go.


Now, in the last landing shot, the bird was carrying some greenery, presumably to decorate the nest a bit. In this one, I have really no idea what it is. When I took the picture, I assumed it was a fish, but on reflection, I think it may be a piece of plastic.

I’ll check again, next time around.

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