02.20.2021 Murphy! Is that you?

Yesterday as I was shooting ice, snow and water at Dean Brook’s Murphy Falls (my name for it after my late beagle and not official) I noticed this abstract.  What do you think?  Did he drop in to visit me?  🙂

For those of you who don’t know the story…After many years with us, our previous beagle, Murphy, suffered from cancer and we set him free of it in June of 2015.  The following morning I visited this area with a small waterfall for comfort and decided to name it after him..  I visit often and it always brings back loving memories I have of him.  He was special, very needy after several years of abuse before we adopted him, and only during his last year became comfortable with life.

For those interested, here’s my first posted image of Murphy Falls.  And here is the shot I posted from that solace seeking. There have been many others that can be found with a search including one on this past December 22.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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29 Responses to 02.20.2021 Murphy! Is that you?

  1. The paws that refresh (your memory).

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  2. Ann Mackay says:

    Looks like a lovely chap…he was lucky to find kindness and love with you.

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  3. Leya says:

    Sweet memories – I think he was there for you!

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  4. Jane Lurie says:

    Aw, yes, clearly! Nice memories, Steve. 🙂

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  5. eremophila says:

    Oh yes, Murphy sends his love and thanks.

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  6. How nice to think of a ghostly visit. I’m seeing a hungry bear, however, so be careful if it’s a mystical warning of some sort!

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    • I suppose if we had a pet bear that might have been my first thought as I do see that resemblance also.So far I’ve not had any close encounters of the bear kind, just a few from a distance which is how I’d like to keep it. Most bears want to avoid us so I don’t expect any change in that history.


  7. krikitarts says:

    I send a fond salute to your clever imagination. We were not without at least one dog (and at least one cat) for nearly 40 years. We still have one cat, who is approaching 18 years, and we think that circumstances will be such that he will be our last pet, and we love him dearly. But dogs are far more than just a different species, and those who have shared our lives have very special places in our hearts. I keep seeing likenesses of one or another of them from time to time, both in the natural environment around me and as a result of the fruits of my (also) active imagination.

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    • I was never a cat person but do understand folks love and appreciation for them. I just tend more to dogs Bentley will likely be our last beagle. Mary Beth cannot walk him and in the comin gyears I think one might be a bit much for me as well. They are quite willful. A smaller breed might suit us but if we end up needing a senior community then maybe not if there are restrictions. I am not sure that being dogless would allow for a truly happy life, however.

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      • krikitarts says:

        Dogs have been such an integral part of most of our lives together, we still actively regret the loss of our last one and nurture faint hopes for a new one, though global circumstances are such that it’s not likely. We have done quite a bit of fostering, but the closest humane society center that hosts this is still too far away for comfort. We shall see.

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      • I grew up with dogs through most of my childhood and beagles have been in my life since before Mary Beth and I were married. I was thrilled that she accepted Cassie (who came to me in 1982) and then has agreed to continue and loved having them in our home. I am not sure if I can go dogless so time will tell.

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  8. Murphy lives on. Nice to him to drop by and say hello to you.

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    • I am not one for believing in an afterlife. But the thought of there being a rainbow bridge and Murphy waiting for me there does give me a little hope for something beyond. ❤ I was glad for the memory this bit of abstract snow brought.

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      • Ah indeed I believe people and animals can live on without the need for any religious construct or framework…through us and our memories. The idea of heaven can be comforting, but so is a cream cake 😉

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      • True enough, Sel. While I admire those who have strong belief in not just heaven but an all-knowing deity, I feel life is all we need to believe in and the rest will take care of itself. Be good, do good, live good.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I think about Murphy from time to time. You certainly do have a doggie-like image here, although I’ll confess it looks more like an Airedale to me.

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    • Yeah, it isn’t exactly a beagle profile but…when I was in the hospital I watched a movie called “A Dog’s Purpose”. It’s funny…in watching that trailer I got an entirely different feeling of the movie. Of course I was quite ill so maybe don’t remember it as it really is. Guess I’ll have to watch it again. But the point of mentioning that is the reincarnation into different breeds of the character. So Murphy could come back as any one. I am warmed that you think of Murphy too. ❤ Replying to all these comments has brought a tear or two.

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  10. It looks like a beautiful place in all seasons. It does appear as though Murphy might have been paying you a visit.

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    Sweet. He’s with you. You’re brave and open to share the story and I enjoyed the links. Take care!

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