I was much disturbed by the barking of a dog, an animal that I fear more than any wolf. A dog is vastly braver, and is besides supported by the sense of duty. If you kill a wolf, you meet with encouragement and praise; but if you kill a dog, the sacred rights of property and the domestic affections come clamouring round you for redress.
At the end of a fagging [sic] day , the sharp cruel note of a dog’s bark is in itself a keen annoyance; and to a tramp like myself, he represents the sedentary and respectable world in its most hostile form. There is something of the clergyman or the lawyer about this engaging animal; and if he were not amenable to stones, the boldest man would shrink from travelling afoot.
I respect dogs much in the domestic circle; but on the highway, or sleeping afield, I both detest and fear them. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879)
Well, it’s been too long between posts again. I have the best intentions, but get home from work ruined most nights, and on the others I go straight from school to a local hill, forest, park or river bank and spend an absorbing couple of hours rambling and taking pictures, then home feeling cleansed — but dinner, photo-editing and the Action Movie Channel consume my last waking hours.
I never blog when it feels like a chore.
But some good news: today was my 62nd walk in Korea, a nice sweaty climb up a small but steep and beautifully forested mountain I’ve named Pointyhead:
Also, summer “vacation” (as they call it here) is approaching. And here’s a new post. Good things come in threes. Or was that bad things? Anyway, things.
Today I’m starting with something I’ve been thinking about for a while. We all need a break from temples, mountains and me bitching about Korean school students. I already have my occasional Scene from a Stroll posts with a single picture taken on an urban walk. Themes will be sporadic posts devoted to a series of thematically linked pictures from my various rambles, captioned but otherwise text-free.
(Actually, I say “sporadic” but I made a list of themes and motifs in my walking pictures and there are over 60!)
Anyway, here’s the first theme, beasts encountered regularly by most perambulators: dogs — the good, the bad and the bullet-worthy…
~ And that’s all the Goat wrote