I took my dog Esteban for a walk at William Land Park this morning. It was 41º outside, which is okay for me, but was too cold for him – even in his sweater. So, we were only out there for about 60 minutes. (I usually like to walk for about 3 hours, so cutting the walk short was kind of a letdown.)
I used to take my dog Sergeant Margie out with me all the time before he got too creaky to handle the trails, but he was twice Esteban’s size (16 pounds to Esteban’s 8) and had a thick fur coat. The only time I had to take Sergeant Margie back to the car and curtail a walk was when it was down to about 29º at the American River. Too icy for him. He was a trooper, though. I have to be more careful with Esteban, I guess. He’s more fragile.
Anyway, during the walk, Esteban was very good when he encountered ducks and geese or squirrels. He didn’t try to lunge at or chase them. But he was oddly thoroughly fascinated by a single long seed pod from a catalpa tree. I don’t know what about it was so interesting to him, but he approached it as though it was a snake, and walked around it and poked at it… He’s such a funny little thing.
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In the pond in the park, all of the lotus plants have died and some of them have been pulled out and left on shore for Parks and Rec to clean up later. All of the brown twigs and desiccated leaves in the water are, at the same time, ugly and oddly beautiful. There is also some autumn color in some of the trees, and the reflections of that color on the water were gorgeous.
There were lots and lots of Wood Ducks in the pond and lots of Northern Flickers in the trees and foraging in the grass. I also heard a Nuttall’s Woodpecker and a Belted Kingfisher, but I couldn’t catch sight of them.
But, as I mentioned, my walk was cut short, so I didn’t get as many photos and wasn’t able to do as much exploring as I usually do.
- Aloe, Aloe maculate
- American Robin, Turdus migratorius
- Angel’s Trumpet, Brugmansia suaveolens
- Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon
- Berkshire Pig, Sus scrofa domesticus var. Berkshire
- California Wild Grape, Vitis californica
- Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
- Cayuga Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Cayuga
- Common Correa, Correa reflexa
- Common Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
- Common Hibiscus, Hibiscus syriacus
- Common Jasmine, Jasminum officinale
- Crested Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Crested
- Eightday Healthbush Lobostemon fruticosus [bright blue flowers]
- Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
- Garden Snail, Cornu aspersum
- Golden Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
- Italian Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens
- Liquidambar, Liquid Amber Tree, Liquidambar styraciflua
- Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Monterey Cypress, Cupressus macrocarpa
- Myrtle, Myrtus communis
- Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
- Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii
- Orpington Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Buff Orpington
- Pekin Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Pekin
- Raccoon, Procyon lotor [tracks]