For today's walk I left the dogs at home and went to a place I've always wanted to visit--a nature sanctuary where dogs aren't allowed. Most of the time when I'm out in nature I have the dogs with me and it's quite different walking without the dogs. It's so relaxing. Rithet's Bog is the last remaining peat bog in our area. Like many wetlands, it's home to a wide variety of birds and butterflies. I walked the trail part way around it and found it so peaceful to watch the songbirds and the butterflies without thinking that I should try to take photos of them.
I found that my other senses were more heightened on this walk. I was hearing the songs of the birds and the sound of running water and the wind in the trees. Also I found I looked up more and saw more of the sky. (This photo is form my archives and shows a bit of what I saw.)
There was one spot where I really would have loved to stop and take some pictures. It was a little brown creek that ran into a tiny waterfall with beautiful reflections.
Now that I've seen this place I will go back there with my camera--and without the dogs (and the husband). He's pretty accommodating but it's always better to take the time myself and not feel pressured.