a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Autumn Hike

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Autumn Hike

SUMMARY: Friday morning scenery, with dogs.
Not quite as stunning scenery as some of those Colorado blogger photos, but there is a lot going on here in San Jose, too.

Most weeks, I do Friday walkies with the Merle Girls and a friend who's battling cancer in various ways, including trying to live a healthier, more active life, and by laughing at what she's been through. (Her dog, Sparky, and my Remington went through cancer at the same time way back when.)

We usually hike along the Guadalupe River Trail above or below Lake Almaden, and then on to Los Alamitos Creek Trail. This week, we started at the lake.

Climbing plumbago--beautiful blue (although, yeah, invasive).

Somewhere along the way, Boost picked up a little blue flower on her left shoulder and carried it all 2.6 miles. Does that mean she's single?

The trail is level and paved and winds among civilization and nature.

The autumn flowers are finishing up, like this buckwheat.

And like this horridly invasive nonnative yellow thistle.

Some other kind of grass. Everything glowed in Friday morning's light.

There's always a way to practice 2o/2o contacts.

Spits and spots of autumn foliage along our trail.

And more dried vegetation with the creek running behind.

I think I take photos of the leaves of this kind of tree every autumn; such rich reds.

What lovely dogs you have, ma'am.


  1. Pssst! Plumbago, not vinca.

    What pretty doglets!

  2. Fabulous photos! Makes me homesick.

  3. Steph: Right, I knew that. Gak. Fixed.

    Dani: Thanks! But the pacific northwest is really beautiful.

  4. I opened your blog and saw the title about a HIKE and imediately thought "! YEA! she's gone on a hike! I LOVE her hiking photos!" and you didn't disappoint! Loved the dogs doing their 2o2o..they look like they had something of an attitude! :)

  5. Thanks, Dawn. I was going to post photos of my flea market "hike" yesterday, but inadvertently grabbed my memory card by its contacts, which apparently hosed it completely. Ah, well; trying to decide whether to take the dogs & camera out in the rain right now.

  6. Oooooh, especially love that golden grass shot! I'm such a total sucker for those colours, and really neat how that piece in the foreground stands out like that. Love that last photo too, the gorgeous merle girls looking so happy.

  7. I know--you post a lot of those golden photos! Looks good with a golden dog.

  8. Lovely dogs, indeed - and a setting to match! Thanks for sharing all those terrific photos!
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  9. Lovely photos!! I love the radiation t-shirt, but not what it means your friend had to go through. :( I love the dog pics best because I love dogs best. The other faves are the glowing grass and red leaves against the blue sky. They are all gorgeous though. This made my morning <3

    1. Thanks, P.A.! And I'm glad that you enjoyed them.