Thinking of Ray
My step-dad Ray died canoeing with me on September 24, 1991. Many, many days have passed since then, but I still think of him often. He and I were close, growing closer as the years went on.
Of the activities we enjoyed together, one was nature photography. Having both been serious hunters (bow, muzzleloader, rifles, and shotguns), the transition to hunting wildlife with cameras came relatively easy for us. A favored location where we hiked and camera-hunted was Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve, near Arlington.
Today I visited Brush Creek Canyon and was surprised. A large tree had fallen just before the parking circle. Apparently the tree has been down for some time since someone energetic had built a small shelter frame on one end.
Once on the trail I was surprised by how covered in downed trees and brush the trails near the trailhead have become. With a state “preserve” designation, I understand no maintenance. After all, Brush Creek Canyon is a state wild area/green space open for all to enjoy and observe as the forest, like each of us, transitions with age. Trees die, fall to the ground, and new growth replaces them. Needless to say, the trek was a bit more challenging today.
I could not help but wonder what Ray would have thought had he been joining me on my hike. I can almost hear his comments, but he would have plodded on for our walk. It would have been fun. As I said, I miss Ray.
Following are images recorded today at Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve:
Since they are still here, I thought I should share this view of a turkey vulture doing what they do so well – cleaning up carrion off our roads. Soon the vultures will leave and we may see more bald eagles cleaning up the dead.
Turkey Vulture With Carrion On Road: