August 30, 2018 - 6:42 AM
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset: 7:36 pm
Below: Lake Wingra looking south from Wingra Park.
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My Morning Walk with Jack and Elsa
What do I see on my walks with my two dogs that some do not?
Mostly just the obvious and often the very ordinary.
Some walkers meander with their faces cast downward – looking at smart phone screens –
some in an addictive attempt to catch a Pokémon Charmeleon, Squirtle, Raboot or the elusive Pikachu.
They miss the real rabbit – so still it could be a statue.
A rabbit that I imagine is wondering whether it is truly invisible.
It is not.
I see it quivering and my dogs, Jack and Elsa, see it as well.
And then there is the gaggle of geese on an expansive lawn, the mallards meandering
along the lake shore, the song birds scattered in the trees, the lone heron standing sentry
in the narrows, the perched hawk, wild turkeys, the commotion of coots; and yes, the squirrels -
the squirrels that like to taunt Jack and Elsa with their "Squirrel Nutkin" chatter.
All these things catch our eyes and feed our senses.
And yet, our catches are as ephemeral as those in Pokémon. They are but a snapshot in time and change by the second.
I do not think I’m any better than the walkers who are plugged in –
but I do believe I’m luckier.
My daily walks without headphones with just my two dogs, are usually along the same path but they always unveil something new.
My dogs need an assuring nod now and then, and of course a small treat from my pocket at strategic stops.
But, they're content exploring the smells, teasing each other and checking out other dogs passing by in the other direction.
And, I'm content being with them.
Above: Labradoodles, Jack and Elsa.
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