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Fall Nature Walk and Border Collie Puppy Photos


Sometimes it is fun to take my point and shoot on a casual walk and not worry about settings. I snapped a few photos this week and chose easy editing with quick Instagram-like Photoshop actions. I hope you enjoy the photos!

The Encore azalea photo shows about one third of our display. It has been lovely this year and really brightens up the view in our back yard. The hanging baskets are hanging in there, but slowly losing flowers and gaining fallen leaves in and around the stems. We have a few tomatoes trying to ripen at this late stage of the season. I miss having a ready supply of tomatoes and my thoughts often drift to planting seeds in about four months.

The bridge on our nature trail got a new coat of paint this fall. It is a nice place to pause and look over the edge for fish and animal tracks in the mud. With a typical daytime temperature of 80 degrees, we still have a lot of green leaves on the trees, but slowly the golds and reds are showing up. We see deer often now when we walk the trail! Some neighbors have set up feeding stations and the deer gather in late afternoon for snacks.

My friend, Cheryl, has a Border Collie puppy! Little Ally comes to visit us occasionally and we enjoy her so much! She is growing fast and quickly picking up on Cheryl’s training program. Cheryl is following Cesar Milan’s book for training puppies. Training for good manners is not easy. A Border Collie puppy is so full of energy and strongly driven by instinct to jump and try herding activity. But Ally is doing great at age 6 months. Cheryl will gradually introduce Ally to the opportunity to herd and practice agility courses. We are certainly having fun as “Aunt” and “Uncle” to Ally!

Author: Karen Chandler

Metal clay jewelry, nature photography, and digital scrapbooking are Karen's passions. She is mostly self-taught, enjoying the learning process as much as producing her works of art. Karen's jewelry features fine silver, copper, and bronze. She sculpts and refines metal clay, then kiln fires her pieces and polishes them to perfection. The process allows for exciting interpretations of symbols, shapes, textures, and combinations of metals. A long time user of Photoshop, Karen loves to create digital layouts with her photos. Her layouts and albums are a diary of sorts; documenting milestones, recording happy times, and celebrating her love of nature.

17 thoughts on “Fall Nature Walk and Border Collie Puppy Photos

  1. More of your beautiful “work” if you can call it that. Love love love the puppy shots.

  2. Great photos and puppy cuteness!

  3. Very nice dog. It looks happy so it must have a good owners.:-)

  4. Super photos Karen, and the puppy is adorable. We still call our dogs puppies…it just seems to fit. We have two Cairns..1 is 5 and 1 is 6 yrs.

  5. Beautiful series of photos. I love the rock with the words “Sow your seeds with love.” And that puppy is just too cute for words. 🙂

  6. That’s a nifty little bridge there- and the Azaleas looked great!

  7. I just finished looking through the pictures and here I am smiling. That border collie’s grin is absolutely contagious!
    Lovely, lovely photos as always, Karen, but I need you to dismantle that bridge and send it to me ASAP. 😀

    • Thank you, Tita Buds! Ally is about 35 lbs. now and 8 months old! I walk with Ally and her “mom” almost every day and we always cross the red bridge. I can’t dismantle the bridge, but will take more photos for you soon!

  8. Beautiful. Can you tell me what type of clematis the purple clematis (with lots of blooms) is?

    Thank you

  9. Thanks for stopping by! The pink flowers are Encore Azaleas. They bloom twice – spring and fall.