Since I didn't have to work today, Blaze and I were able to go get some exercise and have some fun at one of Gainesville's many parks. Alfred A. Ring Park had been closed for a couple months at the beginning of the summer, but it just reopened near the end of July, with newly constructed board walks in many parts of the walking trail.
It was a very hot day, so it was nice to go walking in the woods, where there was constant shade. The Glen Springs Run and Hogtown creek meet in the park. They are both really shallow, but were nice for wading and cooling our feet.
This barred owl flew over us three or four times while we played in the creek and was once perched directly over Blaze's head.
This is not a very clear picture of the Pileated Woodpecker, because it was busy pecking at the time, but I had to try. They are such cool looking birds and when Blaze was little he thought they were dragons.
The picture that Blaze took of me when we sat down to rest:
It had started to sprinkle a little by the time we left the park, and by the time we got home there was thunder and lightning.
I'm so glad we went when we did!