Friday, April 20, 2007

Blissed Out

The weather the last few days has been delightful. We've taken evening walks in our woods after work yesterday and today both. Our woods are small, so the walks don't amount to much in terms of exercise for anyone except the cat. But he enjoys himself so much it's hard to resist. Often times if we want to take a longer walk to Stormwater Park or Tall Trees Cemetery, we have to lock him in the house to keep him from following us too far from home.


Aside from the brevity factor, the woods are a satisfying place to walk. I am in an urban area, so the heavy skew towards invasives is not unexpected: buckthorns and garlic mustard rule my woods. Still, I can keep an eye on the local phenology, be it what it may. Viola blanda is native and flowering. We often see deer or rabbits; today we saw coyote tracks bigger than seems possible. We made a fortuitous discovery on one of our regular deer path routes: a clump of Nepeta cataria, also known as catnip. Dude is psyched.

5 comments:

Aliki2006 said...

I always wanted a cat who would follow us for walks. Our cat is a housecat, so no chance of that, but my husband's mom had a cat who would follow her dogs for walks each night!

Nadine said...

What darling pictures, especially the second one. This weather is delightful.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! Very cute! I've had cats--and GOATS--that woalked with me, as well as dogs. Sweet shots.

Molecular Turtle said...

You must have the cutest cat in the world!

Not so little sister said...

I want to leash train our cats. I'm not sure how they'd do but I think they'd like to get outside sometimes.

Cool pictures.