River Bottom Beagles


These are Lovey’s pups at about 2 weeks old. Their eyes had just opened. Light colored when they first open, they turn darker within a week or so.

Puppies are born looking for a warm body to put under their chin. This instinct keeps them bunched up and warm at a time when their survival depends on keeping bunched up and warm. Hours I’ve spent watching puppy piles as each one tries to end up on top.


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Taken along the Crow Wing river the other morning. The colors are running late this year.

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Old Trees

Kind of a complicated root system on these old trees. High water line shows on the trees like a bathtub ring.
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I like to walk the dogs down in the river bottom. These woods don’t see many people. You hear a lot about the boundary waters wilderness area but it seems to me to be a pretty heavily traveled place. If you don’t count me, the place this picture was taken may go years without any human traffic.

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The trees are mostly silver maple and black ash and there are some big ones.

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Too busy. Don’t have time for this. Wide awake and waiting for morning to get here. Make some coffee and sit on the deck and watch. So quiet here. The dogs are still sleeping. The nearest blacktop is a long ways off and it ain’t too busy. Won’t be anyone coming down this road for a long time.

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Nothing but the sound of the fog washing up the river bottoms like slow moving waves, the way it has been doing on cool summer mornings for hundreds of years with no regard for busy people.

The sun comes up and I’m wishing that it would have waited a while. What’s the rush?

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Wake up

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Four thirty AM. Cool forty seven degree late July morning. When I get old I’ll lay in bed and remember the mornings I spent out here. Right now, I don’t have time to get old.


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