Friday, January 17, 2020

January Snow

We got snow this week.

The forecast said we wouldn't, but at 3 am our power went out, and when I got up in the morning, there was enough snow to decide to stay home rather than risking the roads, especially with a winter weather advisory in effect all day.

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With the power out, once it was light, the best thing to do seemed to be taking the dogs out for a walk. We often walk in the forest just across the road from us, owned by a timber company, so it seemed like a good destination.

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Koira is 12, but feeling young and spunky most of the time. (You can see her wearing a Marco Polo radio tracker in these photos, because she went missing for 5 days over the summer and we're not taking chances.)

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Neither of the girls likes the snow much in and of itself, but they are always up for a hike as long as they don't get too cold.

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They both really enjoyed catching snowballs (I ran out of cookies). It does chill them a bit, but we were close to home.

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We were out for about an hour, and the girls were ready to be inside and warm next to the fire by the time we were done. It also started snowing pretty heavy right as we got home, so it was pretty good timing.

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With the sun peaking through the clouds, and a mist over everything, the lighting was amazing.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Koira Iron Dog

Koira earned her Iron Dog title (ten consecutive years racing NAFA flyball) this past fall. At the most recent tournament, we were awarded her official title plaque.

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My awesome friend had her photo studio set up at a dog show, and let me use her set up to get these awesome photos of Koira with her plaque before we tore down at the end of the weekend. I don't normally shoot with flash, but Koira didn't seem to mind much.

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This is the first plaque any of my dogs have earned in any sport, and for it to be Koira's Iron Dog means so much. I'm hopeful that Ptera will be earning a plaque-worthy title this year as well, but I don't know that it could possibly mean as much as this one.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Holi Beach Trial Run

My latest post was sharing the (frankly fabulous) photos we got of our dogs doing flyball box turns accented with Holi powder.

We did take a beach trip the week before to try to work out some of the kinks of shooting with this material, preparing for the final flyball shoot.

My fabulous teammate Fiona humored me by meeting me at a beach way too far away from her house and then by getting covered in powder handling all of the dogs. Holi powder is really, really bad for camera equipment, so she basically had to do all of the dog and powder stuff- because once there was a little powder on the dogs, it was just everywhere.

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Koira even came along to the beach to help with this. She thought it was a pretty stupid waste of a beach trip, broke a chuck-it in half with one chomp, and mostly ignored what we wanted her to do, but I love this shot I ended up with of her.

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Ptera got the fully-engulfed photo, which I think turned out great. There was a steep learning curve both with shooting and with applying the powder, so the photos we got I think turned out great.

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Flight demoed his cute jumping form and total lack of retrieve, going after the toy over the log each time only to take off towards the dunes, drop the ball somewhere, then come try to get powder all over the camera. He is cute, and sweet, but man, someone needs to train him or something.

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Angus, Fiona's dog, I think had the best powder effect of all the dogs. This shoot really has that almost flame appearance that I really like in Holi shoots.

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Overall, it was a really fun day, with a very steep learning curve. Our photoshoot the following weekend wouldn't have gone nearly so well without this afternoon spent at the beach!