Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Along the hot hot river

Shado rode along side me as I drove the river's banks this morning. 


The air is hot, and the water is very inviting.

Stealthily we sat and watched a fisherman.


And we watched the blue heron who didn't want the fisherman near...

Nature provided all that we could dream.

14 comments:

Remington said...

Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing!

The Retired One said...

Loved that blue heron!
Why do you strap your dog's nose?
Won't he have a hard time panting to cool himself down with that on?
Just curious?

altadenahiker said...

Oh, sigh and envy on the bird shot. This all begs the question -- can you dive into that river? As I'm digging up a parched patch in the backyard today, looks so inviting.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Hi Retired One! Thanks for your comments - anyone who wants to see some AWESOME bird shots, go to Retired Ones blog, including this post:
http://myretirementchronicles.blogspot.com/2010/05/april-2010-florida-photos-part-three.html

I aspire to your photo taking talents!

Anyway, the 'strap' on Shado's nose is a 'gentle leader'. It keeps him from tugging, as he tends to do. But he can BREATHE, BARK, PANT, DRINK WATER, EAT - whatever, with it on. I only put it on him when I walk him. He is very very used to it, and he sees it as a road to excitement! When the gentle leader comes out, he knows adventures are ahead!

AH, no diving here. Further along the river there is tubing and drowning... unfortunately the drownings are all to frequent. The currents are pretty rough (depending on the time of year). There are 6 lakes along the river (lakes created by dams), hence lots of boating and some swimming in those waters.

Leslie said...

Shadow is very handsome! That is a beautiful drive along the river, I enjoyed the pictures very much, thank you for sharing them. There is nothing like seeing the beauty of nature to relax me.

Tash said...

Ah, a day well lived! Lovely photos.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I find it hard to believe you're in Arizona...so different from dirtville

Pat Tillett said...

very nice! I wish I was there!

Tracy said...

Nice photos. Looks like a nice play to be in the hot temps.

Barb said...

That heron and reflection are magical. I have heard from my friend who lives in Rio Verde that the heat is nearly unbearable in AZ. I just (luckily) missed it!

Thérèse said...

One of the best place to be when it is hot, and it is hot!
Shado must have enjoyed the ride!

Diane AZ said...

That's a lot of water and greenery for the desert; it's going to be a beautiful summer. The heron pictures are amazing. My favorite image is the last one, it's hard to stop looking at it. :)

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a beautiful place. Mom said she would help that fisherman with her camera.. he he
MeMaw says the corn is taller than the pups now since they have had rain. Guess we will have to have something scented to lure the deaf ones out if we go back when the corn is tall..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

BANJO52 said...

Excellent capture of heron posing and flapping. All in all, this might be my favorite batch of your photos, especially that last landscape. The all make Arizona look so much greener and more fertile than I envision it without your help.

Wish I’d had the sense to do the leader with dogs when I had them. Good idea.