We chose a different part of the walking trail last night.  We walked along the canal this time.  It was a much different experience than walking through the wetlands

We walked along the water.
We walked along the water.

 

This was pretty much what we saw the whole time.

This was pretty much what we saw the whole time.

 

Lots of pretty trees.

Lots of pretty trees.

 Lots of water to look at.

Lots of water.

 
And the trail starts getting darker.
So when the trail starts getting darker…
You know what that means as the sun start going down.
You know what that means as the sun start going down.

Bugs.  Mosquitoes, black flies, you name it.  Bugs.

And lots of them.

My husband said that he could get the Mohawk Valley Erie Canal Swine Flu Virus Plague from these bugs.  I’m sure he made that up.  He’s such a drama king. 

So we high-tailed it to the car and stopped at the pizza place down the road for a slice.  BTW, this was another business just like this one   that took every opportunity to cross-promote and to provide excellent customer service.  While we were chowing on our pizza the friendly owner asked us how the slices were (this is unheard of around here at a deli/pizza place) and she then reminded us that they now have ice cream too.  After she walked away, I commented to my husband, “Cross-promotion!  Good for her!”  He just shook his head.  He’s used to me saying things like this.

The pizza sure made the buggy experience worthwhile.  This was the best part though:

See the rainbow?

See the rainbow?

 

Do you brave the bugs to commune with nature?  Maybe I’ll wear Skin So Soft next time.  I’ve heard that it scares off mosquitoes.  Not sure if it works for black flies. 

Does anybody have any hints for a natural, non-chemical bug deterrent?  I’d love to hear about them.

 

This is Day 2 of some of the most beautiful weather that we’ve had here all summer.  It was a flashback from yesterday .

There were still some blackberries left from yesterday.
There were still some blackberries left from yesterday.

 

I picked as many as I could reach.

 
I picked as many as I could reach.

 

I ate way more than just these.
I ate way more than just these.

 

The cows didn't avoid me today.
The cows didn’t avoid me today.
They were too involved with swatting at flies.
They were too involved with swatting at flies.

See the horses in the background?  They were still camera-shy today but I snuck up and snapped them anyway.

This old girl  doesn’t mind haven’t her picture taken.

She's used to it after 15 years of living with me.
She’s used to it after 15 years of living with me.
She still asks me to please open the gate so she can go swat flies with the cows. Even though the answer is 'No' every time. She still asks me to please open the gate so she can go swat flies with the cows. Even though she knows that the answer is ‘No’ every time.
Animals fascinate me and I could probably spend way too much time photographing them.  Especially when there’s sunshine and blackberries involved.
 
 
Do you compulsively photograph your animals?  Do they mind?  I’d love to hear about it.