Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Springtime in Tiburon

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~e.e. cummings

There is nothing more peaceful and comforting than being outside in an open field of wildflowers on a beautiful, sunny Spring day. We discovered Old Hilary's Open Space Preserve in Tiburon with its grassy camelbacks and sweeping panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Mount Tamalpais. There are no houses being built on a chunk of this paradise because the concerned neighbors pitched in and saved the land. But beyond the fence on the southern border, extending to the ridgeline, the land is in danger of being turned into a housing development. People are trying to stop that from happening and after experiencing this place, I hope they succeed.

We drive up Lyford Drive off Tiburon Blvd to Heathcliff Road....doesn't the sound of that just remind you of the romance of Wuthering Heights? Oh, my! We park the Jeep and open the back door to let Walter and Henry out. They immediately run to the rolling hills where there are trails and grass and wildflowers and we can see beauty for miles and miles on end. It is heavenly.

I learned that the endangered Tiburon Jewel-flower (or Black Jewel-flower) grows here and nowhere else. How special that we can find it growing in the grassy hills of this beautiful nature preserve in the town where we live.

As we wander along the trails, Walter finds a mud puddle and plops down into it. Henry goes off the path and explores the terrain, sniffing and frolicking about. It warms my heart that we can bring our dogs up here and let them roam and that we all get to enjoy the beauty of it all.

Note: I am disappointed that I forgot my camera to include photos of Walter and Henry amid the purple wildflowers so I will have to post a photo of them later. In the meantime my photos today are borrowed from the Internet but are true photos of this magical nature preserve.


Susan Campisi said...

Liz, your words are pure poetry. I'm so glad you landed in paradise! It sounds fantastic. I love that purple jewel flower, so aptly named. I hope it survives and that the neighbors continue to save the land. It's a constant battle to preserve the beauty of what's left of our natural habitats. We have to keep up the good fight.

Liz Berry said...

You rock, Sue! Thanks for always commenting on my blog posts!