It was a Friday in early September. Leaves just turning. Air just beginning to feel thinner, cooler. The boys were both in school for the first time in the history of us. He wanted to get in some salmon fishing. I tagged along. The beach is beautiful. And there is hiking. And the sun was shining.
I hiked along a trail in the woods just off the beach and found spider webs abounding. Each delicate web was filled with tiny drops of water. They looked like little bits of lace decorating the bushes.
As I trod along the worn trail, I breathe deeply. There is a scent in the woods that is hard to describe. It is the decay on the forest floor, the leaves and tree needles mingling together as they are broken down by insects, rain, and heat, by the cycle of nighttime to day. I love that smell. I love how it all fits together, the symbiosis in creation.
Back at the beach... I found this bit of moss. It's complexity demanded to be captured. I like it's texture contrasted by the grayed driftwood.
I laid in the sun on the warm rocks and listened to the waves sweeping in and out. The tide crept closer to where I lay and I eventually had to scoot away a few more feet. I hooked Charlie to my foot and laughed out loud when I caught sight of him.
That's an interesting way to wear your leash, Charlie!