Life With Dogs – September 2021

Here in Manitoba, September often comes with still warm days and an abundance of blue sky. The difference lies in a shift in the winds and a notable coolness to the breeze, often a welcome reprieve from the summer heat.

The abundance of summer green gives way to subtle changes of yellow and red while gardeners reap their rewards and shake their heads at the speed of summer’s passing .

One of the joys of gardening is the surprises that nature gifts us every year. This sweet little sunflower came about from letting one of the sunflower seeds below the birdfeeder sprout and grow. Next year I hope to have many more.

September is also a time of letting go and starting fresh. A time to embrace the good times that summer afforded us while preparing to tackle new beginnings that bring with them a renewed sense of purpose and excitement.

One of my happiest days was the very first day of the month when, after an 18 month hiatus related to Covid-19 restrictions, I returned as a volunteer to Winnipeg Animal Services. I am so very happy to be back photographing the adoptable dogs. Here are but some of the wonderful faces that I have met so far… great dogs needing good home.

The third weekend of September, I closed down our seasonal site at Debonair Campground. The weekend was warm and the sun still hot making the endearvour bittersweet. But, it was time.

Taking a moment
A sprinkling of leaves on the forest floor, a sure sign of things to come.
We came across this little wishing well where the paths diverge. With no pennies in my pocket, we left wishes instead.
Some call it camping, some call it glamping.
The bush is Odin’s favourite resting place, especially during the heat of the day.
Lacie, patiently waiting her turn at play
Better watch out… here I come!

The greatest joy was having my sister visit after 2 years of her not being able to because of the covid restrictions. The weather remained unseasonably warm allowing for plenty of out door time. It was wonderful to have her here and to be able to walk, talk and shop. The dogs enjoyed her company just as much as I did.

Its not easy getting a morning yoga practice in with these two.

“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head… The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.” ~ Robert Finch, Poet

**** This post is part of the 2021 Life With Dogs photography project. ****

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