Raining Red

For a gallery exhibit last month, several pairs of red high heels were hung in the gallery windows. At the time I did not know what I would do, but I knew that I had to take pictures of them from as many angles as possible. You know, just in case.

This is another experiment with Jack Henry who is the fashion-conscious fellow in the family. (At last count, this dog has two sweaters, three coats, a kind of wrap-type thing to keep him toasty during cold winter evenings, and a  thundershirt.) A friend is currently scouting for a suitable raincoat.

So it seemed only natural under the circumstances to place him under a little black umbrella as he takes in the sprinkling of red.

Today’s Dog Quote: 

The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.

–Patrick Demarchelier

Image taken with iPhone 5s and 7 Plus and processed with Leonardo, Stackables, Snapseed and Hipstamatic

For today: Raining Red

Red Rain


Moonlight Wash and Walk

I think this is still a work-in-progress, but I must admit I am at a point where I just need to let it sit for awhile. Hubble says it is a lot of work watching chickens and laundry drying. Time for a treat! I have a couple of other pieces that are also in various stages, so I will probably turn my attention to those for now.

Right now though, everyone has a task: Jack Henry is monitoring the weather, while Hubble and Anna are making sure the dog food bin is full, there are plenty dog chews and blankets in case Irma comes calling. 

My hope is that she takes a BIG bounce-but our thoughts are with all our friends and the folks in Florida right now.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Rambunctious, rumbustious, delinquent dogs become angelic when sitting.”

—Dr. Ian Dunbar

Image a composite of images taken with iPhone 4s, 5s and 7 Plus and processed using Leonardo, Stackables, Distressed Fx, Origins Digital Curio and Snapseed

For today: Moonlight Wash and Walk

A Moonlight Wash and Walk



It’s A Cowtown Life For Me

says Jack Henry. A dream come true–(at least in his dreams) where he has his very own herd to oversee.

My original title for this composite was “I Left Cowtown Behind When My Dog Left Me,”but somehow I think this lead-in works better. At any rate, it’s Jack Henry’s dream, not mine, so I will let him get back to it.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.” 

-John Grogan

Jack Henry would agree. Who really wants a good dog all the time anyway, he asks.

Image composite of photographs taken with iPhone 4s, 5s and 7 Plus and processed with iColorama, Leonardo, Stackables and Snapseed

For today: It’s A Cowtown Life For Me

It’s A Cowtown Life For Me



A very quiet afternoon moment finds Hubble contemplating the mysteries of squirrels in the fig tree. Where do they come from? And more importantly how can I catch them?

Just another back to basic shot-

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Dog is one of the messengers of that rich and still magical first world. The dog would remind us of the pleasures of the body with its graceful physicality, and the acuity and rapture of the senses, and the beauty of forest and ocean and rain and our own breath. There is not a dog that romps and runs but we learn from him.”

–Mary Oliver

Image taken with iPhone 7 Plus and processed with Snapseed and Hipstamatic

For today: Contemplation



16 Seconds

Work can really get in the way of creating sometimes. This summer has been rough that way and I feel like the well has been emptied and then emptied again for good measure. So it has been hard to think of things to do.

This week, I was looking at the work of conceptual photographer Catherine Just. One of the things that I like about her work are the prolonged exposures she does and I thought that might be an interesting experiment to try here. 

There is nothing fancy about this photograph. Jack Henry was settling in for a nap. I set the app LongExpo Pro on 16 seconds and just waited. I watched his eyes and his ears, his breathing. The exercise also really forced me to just be. It took a few shots before I saw something I felt I could work with. A little cleaning up and there you go-

I know some might look at this and see nothing beyond a blurred image. But for me, it is a life being lived in seconds.

I will definitely be doing more of these and I think I would like to try some using a Polaroid. In fact, I can see a whole project around the idea of 16 seconds.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross, and concentrating.”

– Mark Haddon 

Image taken with LongExpoPro and processed using Snapseed and Provoke

For today: 16 Second Exposure

16 Seconds



Last Friday came and went with no blog post.  It has been a long time since that happened and I do apologize. Between work and well, work, time just got away.

You can be sure I have been thoroughly scolded by Jack Henry and Hubble (Anna is much more laid back about these things.) Words like “don’t mess with my brand,” “people need me” and “I’m losing likes” dominated that conversation. I have tried to explain that sometimes work takes over-and as long as their food dishes are filled, they get their walks and tucked in at night-all is well. But you can imagine the “harrumphs” I heard.

For today, we are trying something a little different, courtesy of an app called Plotograph, which creates short animated clips of your photographs. If you go on Instagram, you can see some amazing examples of what people have been able to do. For our purposes, I kept it quite simple. Jack Henry looking around (or hiding) from a chalk figure bringing him flowers. I am definitely going to keep working with this-it was a lot of fun.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Name one development in the history of humankind that has increased happiness more than the domestication of dogs.”

–Aaron Easterly

Image a composite of iPhone 4s, 5s and 7 plus photographs, processed using iColorama, Leonardo, Snapseed and Plotagraph

For today: Movement

Solitude in Black and White

Something kind of quiet for today. This is a portrait of Hubble rendered in black and white. He has made himself look very small here, something he does when he is not sure of himself, especially after he has been scolded. (He was tormenting the birds and squirrels with his barking, while I was trying to write.) But all is well now.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.” 

-Lord Byron

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed using Snapseed, iColorama and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Solitude in Black and White

Solitude in Black and White



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