Project 52 | Week 22 – Scenes From a Dog Walk

The theme for week 22 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “Photographers Choice”.

Our favourite walking path is right behind our house in this most glorious open field. The field is bordered by the Cordite Trail which takes us on a lovely walk surrounded by bulrushes on one side and prairie grass on the other.

My choice this week is to share some scenes from our morning dog walk here in “our” field.

Over the past 30 years, I have shared my life with some great dogs. I have walked and enjoyed this field with all of them.

Now it is Lacie, Odin and I who walk the trails.

We never tire of the path or the scenery as each new season writes its own story.

The summer brings daisies and butterflies.

The autumn shows off the prairie fall colours while Canada geese gather for their journey south.

The winter brings stillness and sun dogs and the spring brings a new green with the new promise.

The field is also a place to meet up with friends.

Maple is a young Labradoodle, roughly the same age as Odin. He and Odin met in this field and were quick to become best friends. Nothing brings more happiness to Odin’s day than spotting Maple trotting towards him across the open field. Nothing is more fun than a romp in the field and through the bulrushes.

“No walk is lovelier than the walk you make inside a field!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Photographers Choice”, visit Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell, Carrollton and the greater Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Project 52 | Week 19 – Leading Lines

The theme for week 19 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “leading lines”.

In photography, leading lines refers to a composition technique where lines are used to lead to and/or emphasized the subject, thereby enhancing the story. Leading lines can be found everywhere… roadways, fences, shadows, rivers, the list is endless.

Here are some examples captured, with Odin and Lacie, on our morning walk.

For fun, here is a quick outtake of Lacie and Odin as they broke their “stay”.

Still within the lines. :)

“Every line tells its own story, even the very tentative ones.” ~ Gillian Redwood

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Leading Lines”, visit Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell, Carrollton and the greater Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Project 52 | Week 14 – Wide Open Spaces

The theme for week 14 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “wide open spaces”.

In this time of COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing, I am so fortunate to have a wide-open space literally steps from my back door.

The gate from the backyard opens to a prairie field that I and the dogs walk almost every day. We never tire of the walk or the scenery as the field sings the song of each season so beautifully.

As it is… this time of year is perhaps the drabbest with leftover snow and much water laying about. These days, Lace and I tend to head out early while the frost still spikes the grass and the spring sun has yet to work its magic on the thin ice that covers the many puddles.

This morning, while I strolled and Lacie ran about, I heard a robin’s song as a flock of geese flew overhead. In these uncertain times, this field and our morning walk remind me that I have much to be grateful for.

I’ll sing my song to the wide open spaces
I’ll sing my heart out to the infinite sea
I’ll sing my visions to the sky high mountains
I’ll sing my song to the free, to the free.
~ Pete Townshend
The Who – The Song is Over

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “wide open spaces”, visit Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

52 Weeks – February

I am a member of two “52 Week” photography groups on Flickr. One project has Lacie as the weekly subject while the other has anything (but dogs) as the subject. These are the submitted photos for February.

Week 6

Lacie is feeling “oh so pretty” after her grooming.

While out for a morning walk at sunrise, I noticed the most beautiful full snow moon about to set in the west. I love it when the sun and moon share the same sky.

Week 7

It has been a windy and very cold week… probably the coldest it has been all winter. This photo was taken on the one fairly calm, relatively mild day but still, the photo session was short… too cold for posing and stillness.

Winter is still very much with us… -22C this morning.

Week 8

Its the end of the day and time to simply relax.

Nothing but blue skies and bulrushes…

Week 9

The bulrushes and snow make the perfect background for Lacie

A touch of hoarfrost turns the mundane into the beautiful.

February is the border between winter and spring. ~ Terri Guillemets

Related Links:
52 Weeks For Dogs – Flickr group
52 Weeks For NOT Dogs – Flickr group

52 Weeks – Lacie in January

Lacie and I are participating in a Flickr 2020 photo challenge, 52 Weeks for Dogs. Here are our photo submissions for the weeks in January. We started a little late so our first submission is for week #2

Week 2/52
January on the priaries is all about the cold and the snow. But as long as it also includes a game of fetch, Lacie is happy and ready to go. Her focus rarely leaves the ball.

Week 3/52
My beautiful, happy girl…

Week 4/52
The sun has barely cleared the horizon. The morning light casts a firy glow.

Week 5/52
My intention was to capture Lacie sitting pretty, and I kinda did… but all she really wants is for me to throw that ball.

January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.
~ Edgar Fawcett

Project 52 | Week 15 – Leash Begone

It is week 15 of the Pet Photographer’s Project 52 blog circle and this week’s theme is “leash removal”.

At Animal Services, special considerations and precautions are taken to protect the young pups. For this reason, their photos are done inside and in a controlled environment… often in the exam room. I definitely need a helper here and all the pups are usually sporting a lead of some kind. As a result, leash removal is usually a part of my post-processing workflow.

PhotoShop has some amazing tools that make leash removal quick and easy. The ones I tend to use the most are the spot healing brush tool, the patch tool and occasionally the cloning tool.

Here are some recent examples…

Most of the adult dogs have their photos taken in the outdoor enclosure where leashes aren’t required. But Occasionally a lead is still needed if the dog is a bit skittish or has had a recent medical procedure.

When out and about with Lacie I often use a long lead. It gives her more freedom and most importantly, keeps her safe.

For more examples of leash removal, simply follow the links on the Project 52 Pet Photographers blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing, visit Kim with BARKography based in Charlotte NC. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

“Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?” ~ Robert Breault