I never know which direction to head when I arrive at the zoo. My goal (like every other aspiring photographer in the world) is to capture “The Photo!” Well, obviously that has not yet happened and it only serves to challenge my creative adaptations of the images gazing at me through the monitor.
One of my favorite vines in the garden has felt the chill in the air signaling impending doom and rapaciously blankets the other plants as they all fight the final curtain call.
As October approaches and the leaves dress for their final dance, I suddenly feel an urgency to capture as much of this year’s cast as possible. Problem is, they all take lead rolls in my garden!
Having raised a few pups in my life, I figured “what could be so hard about one more?” I read through some of the old tried and true puppy manuals, watched the infamous Cesar Millan as he turned wild little beasts into cuddly lap dogs, and even read about how the Monks of New Skete raised German Shepherd puppies to behave appropriately in their adopted human pack. I was more than ready! But nothing prepared me for the awesomeness of her eyes when she looks so innocently right into mine or her animated antics as she discovers new places in her yard. Nothing prepared me for the excitement and love she gives every time I come home, even if I was only gone ten minutes. No, there are few things in life that give so much and ask for so little. And so our training goes on hour by hour and day by day and chances are, this pup won’t be a perfectly obedient show dog, but she is growing into an awesome country dog with an incredible loving attitude toward life. Whatever dogs view life to be. Meet Albrae!
When you let your feet go and allow your mind to follow, anything is possible. I love to travel, to venture out and so, I can scratch another place off of my bucket list. It was Nova Scotia that found me hiking highlands and drooling over rocks! From beach washed flat stones to goliath statues, I would pause thinking that I had just walked among the most supreme of supreme rocks ever made. And then… I would turn the corner on another beach and on another road. The place was magical, the people, sincere and welcoming. It will certainly hold a piece of my heart somewhere along one of those beaches that crash along one of those cliffs!
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