Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 142

The gentlest of creatures!

Welcome to the 142nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The gentle introduction into 2019 in this week’s challenge came through with a blast! Your posts were fun to read as always, and I really enjoyed the variety of approaches! You included lots of gentle aspects of Nature, which are always enjoyable, the gentle charm that can surprise us in certain neighborhoods, and many other great topics! There were several that definitely put a smile on my face, gentle shampoo and all!

Thank you all for being so creative and sharing from your lives! Have fun reading these posts and let one another know when you enjoy them!

Some of our most gentle friends are of the canine variety…

Tonka, the gentle soul!

Tonka was a lovely mutt from the shelter and the first dog that shared her life with my wife and me. Tonka never was interested in playing any dog sports, nor was she the most intelligent of dogs, but her love and affection were always filled with gentle sweetness. We still miss her after all these years…

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. Sarah’s post in By Sarah starts things off this week with a gorgeous photo of one of the gentlest of flowers!
  2. In A Day in the Life, we are introduced to a gentle, feathered friend who loves a treat!
  3. This week’s entry in Willowsoul highlights the soothing, gentle flow of water over weary feet…no contest!
  4. In a lovely post in Poetry in Pictures, there is a gentle flower that is truly pleasing!
  5. This week, pensivity101 features one of the gentlest creatures: the lovely Maggie!
  6. In a great post in Une Photo, un Poéme, Nicole takes us to Padstow, Cornwall, where the store’s name is pretty gentle!
  7. Xenia’s first post for this week is in her wonderful blog, Tranature, where the gentle moss features large. Eivor and Pearl explore the Winter dawn in WhippetWisdom, with great photos and poetry!
  8. In a fantastic post in Chateaux des Fleurs, affection and love are featured beautifully!
  9. I think all of us can relate to the gentle shampoo that is so important in theonlyD800inthehameau; what a great photo!
  10. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie takes us to Mazatlan, Mexico, where the gentle breeze might be very welcome!
  11. Cee’s photos in Cee’s Photography feature the gentle creatures that are Nature’s babies!
  12. Na’ama’s poem in Na’ama Yehuda talks about the gentle giant, who looks very innocent…
  13. In Don’t Hold Your Breath, this week’s entry is a wonderful post about the gentle charm of Enning Road, which feels like a throwback to the 1930s.
  14. Jase’s post in Proscenium features the gentle canine, which is really a wonderful friend, and has friends!
  15. Maria captured gentle human contact wonderfully in her photo in KameraPromenader; the bird touch is awesome too!
  16. In Pictures without Film, our bass-player captures a truly gentle landscape, stream and all!
  17. Shelley’s post in Quaint Revival focuses on the gentle art of fitting into one’s bathing suit by Summer 🙂
  18. Sandy has a touching photo of birds in Out of my Write Mind, with which she combines a fantastic poem!
  19. Woolly introduces us to a gentle giant in Woolly Muses, which roams the African savanna.
  20. Liz’s quest toward One Million Photographs brings us to the most gentle of hippos, who can make a cup of tea!
  21. Olga brings us gentle memories in Stuff and What If…, as she is reminded of gentle breezes and lacy waves!
  22. Ann-Christine brings us in touch with her Winter friends with lovely photos in To See a World in a Grain of Sand.
  23. Debbie used the gentle light of the golden hour in her photos in Travel with Intent; they capture truly beautiful landscapes!
  24. Irene’s post in Heaven’s Sunshine capture the gentleness of dawn on the lake, which looks stunning!
  25. Brian regales us not only with a wonderful photo in Bushboys World, but also a great bit of poetry!
  26. In a great post in Heart2Heart, we are reminded that the attitude of that gentle kitty may depend on ours…
  27. In a lovely post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind, Tracy documents the love affair between the flowers and the bee…
  28. Sanah’s lovely post in A Pause for Nature shows us the gentle flowers, which one cannot help by adore!
  29. Robert has a truly gentle photo of the noble grasses in Photo Roberts Blog, which is stunning!
  30. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 talks of a family reunion and the gentle lake that welcomed all!
  31. Penny pens a tremendous poem in Penny Wilson Writes, inspired by the gentle Giant Swallowtail!
  32. In Land of Images‘ post, we explore one of the gentle constructs of Nature: the feather!
  33. In her post in the New 3R’s: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, Marie shares a great photo of a man and his gentle friend!
  34. In a lovely post in Little White Pearls, Mariola almost makes us forget how dangerous those gentle cats are…
  35. Susan does gentle twice in her Musin’ with Susan post, as her granddaughter is very gentle with the gentle little bundle!
  36. Debbie writes a wonderful post in Forgiving Connects, as she remembers the path to forgiveness after her mother’s death, and its importance to learning to love again.
  37. Anita features the gentle Fanny in her post in Anita’s Images, who wants to stay warm and likes to chase cats!
  38. Indira’s lovely post in Sharing Thoughts brings us some very gentle interactions!
  39. Khürt braved the cold, as we see in Island in the Net, and it paid off in a wonderful post that is filled with fantastic images!
  40. A gorgeous photo is at the center of this week’s contribution to our challenge in Photography Journal Blog; that is a stunning flower!
  41. Another lovely entry from sgeoil brings us some truly gentle flowers!
  42. Sonia talks about the ‘little’ reason for her wanting to be better every day in Sonia’s Musings; this is a very gentle reason!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Play

Splish, splash, Darwin plays!

Welcome to Week 118 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Your responses to last week’s challenge theme of Treat were not only voluminous, but simply fantastic in quality!

When thinking about the possible follow up to last week’s theme, I thought I’d look for a different treat!  This week’s treat is not only in the theme, but also in its flexibility!  Your challenge is to use the theme of Play in any way that you see fit!  As it can be a verb or a noun, be on the stage or in the backyard, there’s plenty of playroom with the theme!

So, play around with this theme, have some fun and let your creative minds wander about!  I’m looking forward to what you might generate!!

Here’s a bit of play from my memory banks…

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Having fun!

This is our old man, Darwin, who passed away last year.  There’s nothing that Darwin like more than playing in water.  For this photoshoot, I found a spot in the shallow stream, where it had a small cascade, so that I could stand lower than Darwin.  With Darwin running towards me, it only took a couple of tries to get this happy, splashing shot!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what might ring true in your posts!

Darwin – 10/20/2001 – 3/29/2017

Llanbryn’s Theory of Evolution

Our dogs truly are a part of our family!  Unfortunately, they just don’t ever live long enough to keep us on the right path.  Darwin was more than a dog, as he showed us the way of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi with his tricks and sense of humor, as well as his skills and rugged personality.

As he had started shaking uncontrollably and clearly didn’t recognize us anymore, my wife and I had to make a tough decision today.  We guided our heart dog, Darwin, to the rainbow bridge and allowed him to cross it for evergreen pastures and lots of play with his friends.

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What a dog!

Our hearts are broken and we are inconsolable at this time.  Our memories of Darwin will always stay with us.

Travel Sunday 

As I’m sitting here at the airport I figured I’ll write a quick post for the blog today. Work has me traveling to Atlanta, which will be a nice blast of warmth amidst the winter weather that we’ve been having. 

Earlier in the week I got myself an iPhone 7 Plus which gives some new and interesting opportunities for photography. One of the new camera app options is portrait mode…

Handsome Ransom

This is our second oldest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Ransom. He’s almost 14 and loves sleeping in the sun, which makes him a great alternative cat. 

As you can see, portrait mode provides a pleasing shallow depth of field, making for a nice additional option in photography. 

Bette’s 12th Birthday

Hip, hip, hoera!!

When you start counting your dogs as family, there are many things that you enjoy with them; compared to humans, dogs are pretty straightforward with their emotions and will usually be happy to see you and greet you with a wagging tail.  If that tail is not wagging, you know that something is wrong…

We have a canine family that is comprised of four Cardigan Welsh Corgis ranging in age from 3 to 15.  They are a lot of fun, and they have it pretty good with us, as they will even get massages and chiropractic treatments.  My wife trains our dogs to compete in agility, herding, obedience, barnhunt and rally.  As long as they enjoy it, they get to compete.

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Birthday Girl!

Our birthday girl is retired from competition and living the good life.  Her name is Bette (Visions ‘The Marked Woman’), as she has Bette Davis eyes 🙂  The blue eye is a mismark in this coloration of the Cardigan, which is one of the reasons that we got her; we’re not big fans of breed shows, as for us it’s all about the dog having fun.

 

Dogstar Thursday – vol 14

So close…

One of the dog activities that I very much enjoy photographing is the sport of agility.  The simple reason is that it’s great to see dogs and their handlers having fun, as they work together as a team to navigate the courses that may have lots of tricky sequences and even some traps to lure the team into making a mistake.

Of course, the goal is to run the course without any mistakes, which is known as running clean, but that doesn’t always happen.  If the run isn’t clean, it’s always human error, as we simply didn’t give the right instructions at the right time.

Then again…

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Oops!

As you can see from this shot, sometimes even the fastest dog can end up cutting a turn a little too tight and by rubbing the upright cause the bars to start falling (the bars are just leaving the cups in this capture).  Definitely, there was no lack of focus, or lack of trying to bend around the jump, but the sense of Oops was present!

Hope you enjoy this image.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens and an EF 1.4x II extender.  Exposure settings were at 1/320 second at f/6.3 and 640 ISO.

Dogstar Thursday – vol 8

Pirate eyes…

On this St. Patrick’s day edition, I was looking to post an Irish Setter weaving through the poles in agility competition, but will have to table that one for a bit later, when I retrieve it.

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Pirate Eyed

Looking mighty tough in the pirate collar, this expression was just one that I couldn’t resist photographing and posting today.  I caught this candid moment during an agility competition, which reminds us that dogs of all sizes and breeds compete.

Hope you enjoy this little cutie and have a great Saint Patrick’s Day!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/80 second at f/3.2 at 640 ISO (light in this building is not stellar).

Dogstar Thursday – vol 6

Dog days are never over

Last week I shared an image of our youngest dog, Dora Bean that captured about a year and a half ago.  This week, I’d like to share another image from the same photoshoot…

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Sweet Pea

Meet Sweet Pea, the Pea of Peas, Dog of Dogs.  Sweet Pea owned one of our friends, as humans never truly own a dog. At the time of this photo, she was a very old dog.  Sweet Pea’s human asked that I do a photoshoot of her, as she didn’t have much time before crossing the Rainbow Bridge.

We found this great spot at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, where Sweet Pea could stretch out comfortably and pose with those looks that only she knew how to throw.  What resulted was a touching reportage of Sweet Pea being her essential self, filled with the zen of doggitude.

Sweet Pea crossed the Rainbow Bridge about a month after this image was captured, leaving us richer for having been in her presence.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  At 1/400 second with f/4.5 aperture at ISO 400.

Dogstar Thursday – vol. 5

It’s the Bean!

A lot of my dog photography has been of dogs in action and to this day, a lot of people still know me for this part of my work.  Portraits are a bit rarer in my oeuvre, so here’s one that I enjoy…

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Dora

The dog in this photo is our youngest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Dora aka Bean.  Her full name is White Raven “Salute of Innocence”, Dorothea Lange.  Dora is now almost 3 years old and has quite a sense of humor, which is not a bad thing in a cute dog.

She stays busy with duck and sheep herding and agility, which means that she has something on her schedule most every weekend.

It is not coincidental that this little love shares her name with my favorite photographer.  As I got to pick her registered name, “Salute of Innocence” was an easy choice, as it is one of Dorothea Lange’s most poignant images of Japanese American children saluting the flag during the pledge of allegiance.

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Salute of Innocence – Dorothea Lange

This image is from Dorothea Lange’s time photographing Japanese Americans in internment camps in 1942; a dark period in American history that we should ensure to never repeat.

Dogstar Thursday – vol. 3

Making a splash again…

After featuring agility competition photos in the first two installments of this series, I’d like to present something a little different and very near and dear to my heart.

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Darwin having fun!

In June 2011, I was photographing an agility competition in New Lebanon, NY, on what was a very hot day.  One of the nice features near the park where the competition was held, was a shallow stream; I had taken a look at it during the day to get an idea of what the light would do later in the afternoon, because I had an idea.

Our oldest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Darwin, was well into his 10th year at that time (he is almost 14-1/2 now), and his competition time was coming to an end, as we don’t want to push our dogs past what is good for them.  One thing that Darwin always liked to do was have fun (he’s a bit crankier these days, which is just fine), and he loves water.  So, my idea was to get some action shots of Darwin running through the stream toward me.

Luckily, this stream has a small drop-off of about 1 foot, which helped me position my camera just above Darwin’s eye level.  After a couple of trial runs to get the feel for it, I zeroed in on getting shots like this one, where you can see Darwin’s fun, as he is coming right at you!

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII, using a 70-200 F2.8L lens.    Despite the sunlight, I kept the ISO at 400, so that I could get a shutter speed of 1/400 second at f/8.0, which provides enough depth of field get that smile and some good splash.

Hope you enjoy this one!