Walk Along the River

I don’t know about you, but we’ve had a non-dog days month of August so far.

along the river

It has been 60s in the morning and 80s at the highest throughout the day. July behaved poorly though, but August swooped in for the save. For our sake and the electric bill… not the crops so much.

along the river

By the water I seem to find myself much of the time this summer. It seems the older I get, the more I appreciate the privilege of being near the catfish and walleye (and garfish!) filled river.

Along the river

Some of my best Sundays are spent walking along the beach, helping Country Man look for arrowheads while behind us easily distracted small pups try to keep up, to later find their short legs tightly wound with burrs and weeds.

frog toad

During these excursions, we watch as the pups chase toad and butterflies along the riverbank until something else becomes more alluring. The sounds of fish splashing can be heard in the background.


On one side of us is the water, responding to the sun with a twinkling fury, the other a lane of tall murky weeds where the sneaky ones prey. I feel them watching us whether they exist or not. In my mind a bobcat is stalking, fixating on Milo because he lags behind and would be the tastiest.


Soon enough it will grow colder, and my boots will replace summer sandals, sweaters with swimsuits to go on our walks. It will be a different experience.


One of these days I will find an arrowhead.


10 thoughts on “Walk Along the River

  1. Thanks for taking us along; beautiful photos, as always. Your river experience is a bit different from ours. But last week, as my friend and I were on our weekly shell and sea glass hunt, I did notice a Monarch butterfly flitting from sea shell to sea shell.
    Since my Mom loved butterflies, I had a thought that perhaps it were her. 🙂

  2. Beautiful pics! I was just thinking about you the other day and then your comment showed up on my blog! Glad you’re having a nice end of summer. I grew up on a river and cherish those memories. And, my mom too was a beach babe! I wish we lived closer so we could hang at the river together! Be well!

  3. Gosh, I’m not ready at all to think about fall and winter moving on in, but have to admit that the summer is slipping away. We are getting ready to plant our fall garden soon. The summer has been delightful here in North Central Arkansas. We’ve hardly had to use the AC at all! Hope your garden is doing well and that all is going well. So nice to read your post!

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