Saturday, May 26, 2012

Story Time

Story Time
In honor of Towel Day, the boys decided to curl up with their towels and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Story Time
Henry: "Shhh, Momma. Zachary's getting to the really, REALLY good part."

Story Time
Towel Day was started back in 2001, two weeks after the author's (Douglas Adams) death.
Zachary: "Do you mind?"

Story Time
Ok, Ok... I get the hint. I'll leave you to your reading.

International Towel Day

Dog Blog Post #699: From Daily Dog Challenge we had...

207. Wrapped Up - Share a picture of your dog wrapped up in something today!

... tying in nicely with...

Scavenge Challenge May 25, 2012 - "25). If you are a lover of Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy" and related works, be sure you have your towel! Towel photos should be posted to the pool on May 25, International Towel Day.

For those unfamiliar with the book, you have my sympathies, and a quote:

"More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with." -- HHGTTG

I first read HHGTTG on a plane headed headed to college (or possibly back to college) in the early 80's. I hadn't laughed that hard in years! It is one of the few books I was able to share with my son, as our tastes in literature are quite different. To hear him laughing his way though the book was a definite joy for me. :)

Our Daily Challenge - May 25, 2012 - "Far Far Away"

"Space... the Final Frontier."

Far Far Away
I just can't set up without Henry demanding his picture be taken. What a ham!

Editor's Note: Yes, I know I promised more pictures of Henry's Hats, but I filled the blog today with towel pictures. I promise to do my utmost to include the hat pictures tomorrow!!! Honest!

As for the making of this shot, the background is sheet from a set purchased when we staged our previous home for sale. While the comforter is much loved and worn now, the sheet was never used and makes a great (IMHO) backdrop for space themed pictures. The book is resting on a clear acrylic dish holder, and for the first two shots a ramekin filled with treats sits between boys and book.

A bit unusually, this shoot was taken in exact reverse order from what you see above. Usually, with "story" posts, the story flows from the shoot itself, with my favorite shot often being one near the end. Recent examples of this include Three Guesses, Loot, and Voted Most Likely To (Part II).

An exception to that is the recent round of concluding shots, often a shot with just the props. While I think they make a fitting end to the posts, they are often taken first while I'm testing out lighting, composition, or camera placement. The boys hate it when I do that, and grumble mightily from the other side of the baby gate until I let them in!

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Talking-Dogs said...

Oh wow! Too, too cute! Woofs from Jeffie and Rudy

Tanner and Beth said...

Mommy says you guys have great taste in books and towels. She says that is one of her favorite books too. Maybe ill get her to read to me soon.

Doggy kisses

Rumpydog said...

Now that set-up is just adorable! Great color contrast also.

houndstooth said...

I absolutely completely adore these pictures! Your boys are just fantastic. I'm betting you plotted this since last year's shot, and that you're already plotting one for next year. These turned out so darned cute!

Cherie K. Miller said...

I'm loving all of the towel day shots on Facebook and never even thought of my own furry kids as models. Yours are beautiful - and the pictures are terrific. Keep them coming!

Dropping by on the blog hop today - I posted an oldie, but goodie video about the use of military dogs in the wars... to help us remember ALL of the ones who are protecting America overseas. Thank a veteran this weekend - and their dog!

Enjoy the long weekend with your furry kids.

Sue and Doug said...

enjoy the weekend with your 'boys'!!!

Bassetmomma said...

Sooooo cute!! The book sounds great too! :)

Pup Fan said...

They look so cute with the stuffie!