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Into the sun

When I was growing up one of the first photo tips that was given to me, was to never photograph directly into the sun. I suspect this fomented a certain rebellion within my being. It impressed me to such a degree that I can still remember it all these years later. I also remember my kindergarten teacher telling me that my coloring technique was not correct. I had gone outside the lines and had not kept my coloring lines orderly. I really tried to toe the line, but when the spirit of coloring possessed me it was very hard to keep my colors separate, within the lines and orderly.

So perhaps it is these early reprimands and directions towards a more orderly drawing technique and the correct way to take pictures that helped create my personal

style. I find I am always photographing directly into the sun. To me that is where some of the more interesting light occur.

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The last light of a winter’s day

One of my absolutely favorite times to photograph is with the last rays of sunlight as it illuminates the darkening land and animals. I like to take my dogs for a sunset walk. There is something very special about the last light of the day as it filters thru the atmosphere, so much more pleasing to my eye, than the starker, harsher light of the midday. Quinn is our Golden Doodle , Cyrano is a Tennessee Rescue dog, mostly Golden Retriever and Laddie Mackay , is a very lively Scottish border Collie, what a trio of different personalities are emerging as they grow.

As Laddie grows up

Little Laddie, our border collie , is growing up. In the afternoon, at sunset, I enjoy taking the dogs for a walk in my lower fields. Laddie paused long enough for me to get a picture from his rough playing and wrestling. He is a very attentive fellow pausing watching and waiting for just the right spot to attack Cyrano or Quinn.

A Winter Evenings walk

I really enjoy taking the dogs for their afternoon romp with the last light of a winter afternoon. The boys get their time of permitted wildness and I get my exercise. I prefer a bit more snow so I can snow shoe for a better aerobic workout, but with this fine afternoon light I am content to watch the dogs at play.

A light snow falling in early february

I find the deep winter months  a time of reflection. The dogs all sleep behind my chair with hopes of a walk through the ice encrusted woods. A substantial snowstorm to cover all the recent ice from yesterdays rain would be appreciated about now. It has been a warm winter, a real disappointment as far as snow is concerned. On the other side of a lack of snow is the thought that it will be an easier year for the deer after the deep, deep snows of last winter with a snow cover of 48″ in January thru march. But I do miss the snowshoeing and skiing that keep me in shape through the winter months.  So time to get back to work, or perhaps it is time to take the snoozing dogs out for their daily walk. I will put on my crampons for all the ice and perhaps soon it will be a time for snowshoeing and romping in a layer of freshly fallen snow.

Waiting for their treats

Everyday I try to get out in the woods for a walk or a snow shoe depending on the weather. After yesterday’s January thaw there is very little snow left, so took the dogs for a walk. When we return it is time for a treat. Nothing like a liver treat to focus the boy’s attention. Cyrano is our Golden Retriever rescue dog, he is 3 .Laddie is a Scottish Border Collie, 5 months old.Quinn a Golden Doodle is  2.