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spending my day in the company of dogs

On these winter days of late February in Vermont, with the dearth of snow, I have found more time to sit and reflect. Consequently sharing my thoughts in this blog. I have decided to use this as a way to show my day-to-day life. The daily part is shared by “the boys”, our pack of dogs.

I will start with an introduction to Cyrano. He is 3, from Tennessee and is a golden retriever/hound of  humble and unknown origin.  As a matter for the historical record, I too was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, hence my ability to spell it.  Although, my roots are really in Virginia(a good topic for a future post).

I live on a small farm in Vermont with my wife Jennifer and daughter Gabrielle. My writing is about life in the country, taking care of the livestock , the poultry(a mixed bag of chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys) that are kept as a self-sustaining year around flock , our gardens, fields and the woods. The boys always accompany me as I do farm tasks, so they are frequently captured in my images.

Continuing with Cyrano, he is a rescue pup, who was saved the day before his demise, and shipped to Pennsylvania. Living in the pound is a difficult way to start one’s life.  Cyrano has risen above the start and is a good and loyal boy obsessed with his balls, and did I say, quite fast? We picked him up on our annual journey down to  the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I grew up, for Thanksgiving.

Later, I will introduce Quinn, our Golden Doodle and Laddie,our Scottish Border Collie. I know many of you have been following the  pictures of the pups on Facebook as they grow and play. I would like to use this space to further explore the small details of my life on the farm. I look forward to exploring the transitions of the seasons, the weather, the gardens and animals from my world in a lovely part of Vermont.

golden retriever plays with a goose

Golden Retriever running

Cyrano, side portrait, winter 2011-12

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A quiet snowy morning in Northern Vermont

One of the things I like about this time of the year is looking thru the images I have taken over the last year and preparing them for uploading to my website: www.brickhousestudios.com. I take a lot of images during the year, over 18,000 exposures in 2011, so many images wait in my files till this time of the year when I can look at them. I photograph many of my pictures with a multiple exposure, the foreground, background or for panoramas side by side exposure. This allows me a great deal of latitude as far as exposure, color etc when working with images. So in the cold of winter I enjoy looking thru all the exposures from the last year and stitching together the images that I have taken in this manner.

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.