Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Working vs Non Working Dogs ?

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I grew up with dogs on the farm that were working, outside dogs...working for their keep.
Yes, we petted them, but they were independent, somewhat wolf-like in their lifestyle.
Many farmers kept their dogs chained up at night.  You had to because if these dogs did have a wild streak and if they got into another farmers pasture late at night and went after chickens or sheep, that dog would not be around much longer once the neighbor tracked it down.  There were rules...and if the farmer let their dogs run free into trouble, well, unfortunately it came down to the dogs fault, not their humans.

I love that most dogs now have a different, much easier life, are loved and fed and played with...even little "yappy" dogs.  Humans value their camaraderie and playfulness and even protectiveness.  That is their work keep their human happy..and may even get them outside for some needed fresh air and exercise!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Relaxation as Art Form - Part 2

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Welcomes a River of Lilies

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I was out and about on my bike the other day and stopped in my tracks when I saw this river of Lilies!
It actually was following a river bed next to a park that was unfortunately closed.  That did not stop me from crawling thru a very unprickly wire fence to take a closer look.
I need to go back and hear about who may have planted these.
Just a wonderful site...and so timely for Easter!
Now if there was only a bunny head peeking thru the flowers! 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Relaxation as an Art Form

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Need I really say more?

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ian Lawson - Sheep Portraits like you have never seen them before

More often than not, I come across the most beautiful photos in British Magazines.
From the book, From the Land Comes the Cloth.  Ian Lawson.
Unreal looking.

Go to the site above.  Just incredible photos...and most - huge!
The colors!  The colors!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bucolic Scene - Lambs acting like Starlings

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I was watching the newborn lambs playing in the pasture right past sunset.  Too dark for my camera to capture. 
There are around 13 now frolicking up and down the hill and it struck me that they looked liked a flock of starlings in the gathering gloom.  They would all run and jump together, then a few would break from the 'flock' and then meet up again.  A dark moving mass of activity and joy. 
A yearling lamb joined in even.  Strange, but nice to see the now fully frocked sheep still had the lamb inside her and the agility to keep up!
That's what I feel while riding my bike down a nice steep hill...bumping over the cracks in the pavement, wind whistling by my ears.  A kid again!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Flower of the Week - California Poppy

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Astonished to see these lovelies in full bloom on the side of the road as I was riding my bike.  A white variety can be seen in the background.  Never saw those by the roadside before.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Working Dogs

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These guys were ready and roaring to help get those 'doggies' fed.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Vultures. Gotta Love them.

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There is something about the vultures that circle the California countryside that just thrills me.
Swooping on the currents, quiet and serene.  Laying on the grass below them, trying to trick them into flying down closer and closer to check out that lump on the grass.  Me.
They ignore the lump, then veer off to suddenly sit heavily on a nearby broken limb of an old oak, their wings thrumming, then dead air.

Endless wanderings through the valley in search of the next meal.

Happy Valentines Day, by the way.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lightning the cat

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Lightning is a neigborhood cat that, of course, has a story.

I had walked thru this neighborhood on the way to and from work.  I never knew his name until one  evening after I had stopped to pet him on the sidewalk and then walked away, I heard a man's voice shouting in a very terse voice, "Lightning, get out ahere!  Lightning! Lightning! Go home!"

I looked around trying to see some dog named Lightning who had gotten off his lease and may have been going after the poor kitty I had just petted.

Nope.  That poor little kitty was Lightning and the man was holding the lease of a standard poodle, trying to chase the ''poor little' kitty off their path.  And Lightning  was not moving an inch.

Apparently, poor little kitty is the terror of the neighborhood, at least when it came to allowing dogs to cross his path.

Just gotta love it.