SoFoBoMo halfway day – rain, rain, rain
Today is the halfway point for my SoFoBoMo project. I wanted to head out yesterday, but it was just rain, rain, rain. And, although I’m sure I can protect the camera, somehow the prospect of being out in the rain just filled me with dread of the very worst kind. Today, though, it’s only been raining on and off, and Kodak insisted that if we didn’t go for a walk today he was going on strike, so we headed out in the morning, just to change things up.
Kodak insists that the world is a nicer place when it’s wet. Wet, he argues forcefully, makes everything smell better, taste better, and generally just makes it more fun. Today, for some reason, he was particularly interested in whatever I was interested in – several times he came rushing up to check out what sort of good thing I’d found (see photo above). “See?”, he’d tell me, “aren’t those leaves just a lot more interesting when they have water drops on them?”
And the interesting thing is that he’s right. If there’s one thing I’ve started to appreciate for the first time because of this project, it’s how much I like the landscape in and after the rain.
When we got to the open field, Kodak raced gleefully into it, charging around with abandon. This scene reminded me of a stanza from Robert Frost’s “Two Tramps in Mud Time”:
The water for which we may have to look
In summertime with a witching wand
In every wheel rut’s now a brook,
In every print of a hoof a pond.
Be glad of water but don’t forget
The lurking frost in the earth beneath
That will steal forth after the sun is set
And show on the water it’s crystal teeth.
We’re at little risk of frost at this time of year here in the PNW.
There’s so much fun in looking at the landscape with the dog. There’s a new adventure around every corner. Kodak doesn’t so much lean back and observe the landscape, he just flings himself into it to see what happens. Mud, rain, tall grass, prickers – it’s all good. Different, certainly, but fundamentally good.