Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hug a Tree


High: 54 °F
Low: 34 °F
Conditions: Showers with gradual clearing across the region.

Happy Earth Day, friends. It seems that, with each passing year, there are more ways to celebrate this all-important event. Today was certainly proof positive of that trend.

Our local legends, the Red Sox, commemorated the date with special pro-recycling uniforms:

If a complete wardrobe change is not quite your cup of tea, you can also head to Sunnyvale, California, which marked the occasion with a special thermometer exchage: for every mercury thermometer (oral or other oriface) brought in to the town office today, Sunnyvale citizens received a brand new, heavy-metal-free digital one in its place.

Looking for something a little less . . . pragmatic? Then you could always try one of Hallmark's brand new Earth Day e-cards:


As for us here at caninaturalist headquarters, we opted for something a little more traditional:
a walk in the woods.



On this grandest of days out, we humans were particularly thrilled by the appearance of wildflowers slowly taking over the monochromatic landscape:


Miss Ari, on the other hand, was for more taken by the discovery of fox scat:



And, true to Rule #1 of canine naturalists worldwide, she celebrated this discovery in rich form.
(namely, by rolling in it).


(and everything else in the vicinity)


Because, really, why hug a tree when you can wear one? Especially, I guess, on Earth Day.

15 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think it was a wee bit of spring khoat khonditioning!

Winter khan be SOOOO furry dry!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Tracey and Huffle said...

That just shows Ari's commitment to the planet.

Huffle Mawson

Lorenza said...

Happy Earth Day!
Rolling on it?? The best way to get it!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

If anyone should celebrate Earth Day, it's a caninaturalist!!

Steve

Amber and Nala said...

:) You are too funny Ari....I bet your foxy perfume is wonderful! What a great way to celebrate Earth day and neat about the uniforms and thermometers. My Mom's Kindergarten class planted a native shrub today at their school. :)

Kisses,
Nala

Marigold said...

The goatfather used to work in Sunnyvale. He says they never gave *him* a thermometer...but then again, I guess he didn't really want one. :)

Stella said...

Eau de Fox Scat . . .perfect for your Spring fragrance, Ari! You will be irresistible to almost everybody (well, maybe not everybody)

Kisses,
Stella

jan said...

When I see my dogs rolling in something disgusting, as they frequently do, I think maybe in their wisdom, they are experiencing something I would enjoy.

But probably not.

The Thundering Herd said...

What camoflage. We could not find you - or smell you - in that last picture.

YD said...

Good job Ari! You blend right in with the leafs!

Jen said...

what a PERFECT way to spend Earth Day!

p.s. is that an easy walk harness? Do you use that for hiking, too?

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what fun a treesuit.. You look so good in it.. Just your color..
We sure hope we get to the lake tomorrow..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

The OP Pack said...

Ari, great job getting down to the earth.

Woos, the OP Pack

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

No trip to the lake Mom and Dad took us to the lake instead where I was violated...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I was doing ok until I got to the very end...when I let out the biggest GUFFAW...that last picture (and line) was FUNNY! :-)
Happy Earth Day, Ari!