Lilly herding stray cattle back to pasture. Good dog!
I walk with Silence. Windy Hill Keeps watch with me below The fields where the cattle graze-- Where they run I shall go. What path I take Determined by The place that I must be, A path the ancients followed first For honor then for harmony. It’s mine now for a while till I reach my final day Where trails end and Time stands still My memory will stay With springtime in this special place, Here traveled I in sacred space.
Today on routine patrol Lilly found a 100-year-old brass shotgun shell casing on her favorite trail at Mustard Bend on Red Tail Loop at Palo Alto's Arastradero Preserve. The shell appeared before us embedded in the ground with its identifying marks: "U.M.C.CO. (Union Metallic Cartridge Company) MONARCH No. 12" facing up and flush with the surface of the trail at its crest, with some of its paper shell-casing attached, and surprisingly revealed to us on our hike thanks to our recent El Nino deluge. The photo series shows Lilly with her nose to the ground just before the find. Lilly says: "We should name this place 'Shotgun Crest'."
Here is something about the shell manufacturer courtesy Shotgunworld.com: "...UMC was probably the first U.S. company to produce and market all-brass shotshells in about 1868. In 1873, UMC acquired the patent rights to the C.D. Leet Company's paper shotshells and began manufacturing primed but unloaded paper shotshells in 10- and 12-gauge loads. UMC marketed its first factory-loaded Club shotshells in 1888. From 1891 through 1905, UMC added other lines of shotshells including New Club, Nitro, Smokeless, Lightning, Black-Club, Arrow, Nitro Club, Monarch, Majestic, Acme, Challenge, Expert, High Base, Magic and Primrose Club..."