Sunday, September 17, 2017

Reflection

Reflection
"Zzzzz"


The boys on the sofa - each a...

Daily Dog Challenge 2146. "Reflection

... of the other.

Dog Blog Post #2446


Saturday


Shhhh 37/52
"Zzzzzz"


Daily Dog Challenge 2145. "A Pair"

... of pooped puppies, after spending the day at the Day Spa.

Zachary clearly drew the better lot today.

Autotagging: The boys are NOT going to be impressed.

Friday


Sleepy Tigger
"Zzzzzz"


A hat...

Daily Dog Challenge 2144. "On Top"

... of Henry, who is on top of the sofa.


(Yes, I promise those three pictures were taken on different days!)

Thursday


Weather has been lovely... the yard has been calling...

Henry
Light and Shadow... and Henry


Daily Dog Challenge 2143. "Atmospheric"

Henry, looking up from grazing on a tufty patch of "lawn".

Our suburban backyard has taken quite a beating over the past few years due to drought, water restrictions, and a prolific Privet in the neighbor's yard, which scattered seeds by the hundreds on our side of the fence before the neighbor got wise and ripped it out.

Privets must be impervious to drought and water restrictions, as we ended up with a veritable forest of sapling volunteers, ranging from a few inches to 12' tall - some covered in ripening berries of their own!

(My discouraged neglect might have played a small part in it... perhaps... just a bit...)

Don't believe me? The rock wall on the left side of the picture was completely hidden and you would never have known that there was a patio behind it.

Hubby's new JawSaw, my long-handled pruner, and a couple months spent filling our two 96 gallon green waste bins one week at time (lather, rinse, repeat... repeat... repeat) and we are down to the last few stragglers.

I'm standing in what I only semi-jokingly call my "Spooky Forest" - created by an overgrown (understatement) hedge of Xylosma on the left, now 15' tall trees spreading just as wide.

Below a happy, healthy, leafy canopy is a twisty, gnarly, spiderweb infested mess of drooping dead twigs and small branches.

And under that is me, taking this picture.

But never fear - my trusty pruner is here, and snip by snip, bin by bin, I will bring these monsters to heel.

FWIW: I created a Flickr group to track my progress: www.flickr.com/groups/3515053@N24/ and some of the most recent pictures show the underside of the Xylosma, including a panorama. :)

Wednesday


Earplugs?
Henry (thinking) : "Earplugs?"



Poor Henry, looks like his fortune cookie was right: "The one who snores will always fall asleep first."

Daily Dog Challenge 2142. "Fortune Cookie Day"



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
(click)

Oh, come on... you're not even trying.


Merry Christmas
Henry: "Pfthththththth"

Not helping.


Merry Christmas
Henry: "Are we done yet?"

No.


Merry Christmas
Henry: "How about now?"


No!


Merry Christmas
Henry: "Now?"

No!!!


Merry Christmas
Henry: "Seems like we should be done."
Zachary: "I think we should make a run for it."


I give up.

Dog Blog Post #2445


Honestly... I wasn't TRYING for a series of goofy Christmas pictures, it just turned out that way.

Kids - this is why your parents have gray hairs.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - September 11, 2017 - "Noise Maker"

Daily Dog Challenge 2140. "Enough"

The boys have had Enough of Christmas Antlers, Jingle Collars, and Santa Hats.


Today


Patience
(tick tock tick tock)



Our Daily Challenge - September 12, 2017 - "Watching"

Daily Dog Challenge 2141. "Small"

Those Cookies were NOT going to get away.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

It Begins...

Football Season, that is...

Raider Nation
Raider Nation



Dog Blog Post #2444


Henry's lucky Raider bandana was apparently the The Magic Touch to bring victory to his team today - A Good Idea for future games, at least until the Raiders abandon us for Las Vegas.

(sigh)

Alas, it seems the Niners are (once again) beyond help.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - September 10, 2017 - "The Magic Touch"

Daily Dog Challenge 2139. "A Good Idea"

Channel Surfing
No fun watching the 49ers these days




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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool
Henry: "Zzzzz"


Dog Blog Post #2443


Taken by the light of a headlamp.

Thankfully, this wasn't due to loss of power. Rather, I was reading by headlamp (worn by a handy stuffed animal beside me) to keep the heat load down inside the house (no overhead lights) - and reduce the electricity draw on the grid - as we sizzled through our third day of triple digit heat.

Because nobody wants to lose power when it's 110F outside.

Thankfully, PG&E keep the power on (and the A/C humming) so we could coast comfortably through a quiet (albeit rather dark) afternoon.

The curtains were tightly closed and the porch shade was down. As an added layer of protection I slipped my photography backboards behind the blinds in the front window. Even though the windows were already protected by the shade on the outside, and the blinds on the inside, the living room temp still dropped 2F after I did that.

Today was supposed to be the hottest of the weekend, with tomorrow promising to be a few degrees cooler (still 100+) before falling back into normal "It's too darn hot" range.

By midweek the forecast is for highs 30-40 degrees cooler than today, and that's perfectly fine with me.


Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - September 2, 2017 - "The Calm AFTER the Storm"

Daily Dog Challenge 2131. "Chill"

Truth in Advertising: No, it wasn't quite THAT dark in the house at 3pm. Although Henry and the sofa are as basically as shot, the background (kitchen) might have had The Mask of Photoshop applied to it. :)

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Friday, September 1, 2017

High Finance

High Finance
Paying the Bills


Dog Blog Post #2442


Calculating how much is left after paying the bills.

Henry looks worried.

Cookies don't grow on trees, you know.


Photography Assignment


Daily Dog Challenge 2130. "Over"

Leaning over the bills.

Our Daily Challenge - September 1, 2017 - "On The First"

... of every month. (sigh)

Aside: While shooting with the iPhone these past two months certainly gave me more free time in the evening (no "studio" setup/breakdown, no messing with props, and minimal effort devoted to post-processing) - it feels good to be driving my Nikon again.

The boys went back to work with enthusiasm, no doubt excited about the return of higher Modeling Fees.

I did have a lot more time to devote to yard work (and it sure needs it) but my iPhone will never replace my Nikon in my heart. :)

FWIW: The switch was due to Son's computer-intensive project - now completed (successfully!) - leaving me little post-processing time. Since the yard was in desperate need of attention, I decided to just set the Nikon aside for the duration.

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From Above

From Above
Henry - from above


Dog Blog Post #2441


I wanted a bitey-face shot, but the boys had other plans.

Apparently, it is (once again) too hot for frivolity.

(Taken with my iPhone held as high as I could but still see what I'm doing.)

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - August 31, 2017 - "Seen From Above"

Daily Dog Challenge 2129. "Mix It Up"

Fun with Photoshop. This is the Comic filter applied to one layer, blended back with the original layer using Multiply.

From Above
Bits of Zachary


A front paw, an ear (on the left) and his neck (on the right).

If he were human, you'd say he was sleeping on his arm.



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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Super Sniffer

Super Sniffer
Henry: (sniff sniff sniff)


Dog Blog Post #2440


A dog's sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute as ours.

From www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-sense-of-smell.html:

"Let's suppose they're just 10,000 times better," says James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University... "If you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a dog could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well."

That means if I'm standing in San Francisco, I could read the highway signs in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Wow.

It's a good article, informative without being too technical, and it has several other analogies that will make your head spin.

FWIW: I read elsewhere that Golden Retrievers are in the top 10 of dog breeds for sense of smell.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - August 30, 2017 - "Anatomy"

Daily Dog Challenge 2128. "Texture"

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back Online

Now where were we?

Hmm...

Let's just start from here and move forward, shall we?

Where Oh Where...
Henry: "Zzzzzz"


Dog Blog Post #2439


Anyone seen Henry?

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - August 29, 2017 - "Blue"

Daily Dog Challenge 2127. "More or Less"


Editor's Note: Son's computer intensive project has concluded - successfully, I might add - so things should settle back down to normal around here.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

A Rose is a Rose?

Not Amused
The boys were not amused



Tug
Henry - Tug!



Hello Henry
Henry and Towel



Hello Henry
Momma's Helper?

At least I won't have to mop the floor.


Parallel Parking
Parallel Parking



Serial Parking
Serial Parking



Dog Blog Post #2438



Photography Assignment


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Bitey-Face

Another week come and gone.

Pictures taken.

Weather has been lovely (for August) and so I've been working in the yard.

Computer time? Ha! Guess again.

Bitey-Face
"Roar!"


Bitey-Face
"Ahhhh!"


Bitey-Face
(wiggle wiggle wiggle)



Dog Blog Post #2437


And here's a few more...

Working Hard
Post walk... "Zzzzz"



'Night 'Night
It's hard work being Henry



Lazy Day
Lazy play



Are You Awake? 32/52
Zachary: "Are you awake?"


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Last Week...

Yes, I'm still being out-voted on computer time.

Here's a random sampling from last week...


Tug
The boys new tug toy - hand braided fleece.



Big Baby
Henry - such a big baby



Bitey-Face 31/52
Bitey-Face!



Tower of Cookies
Tower of Cookies



Dog Blog Post #2436


No, there's nothing wrong with the Nikon. It just seems a waste to trot out all the gear when I don't have much computer time to process.

So I'm spending my time doing late spring cleaning - or early fall cleaning - depending on how you look at it.

Photography Assignment


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Monday, July 31, 2017

Please?

Please?
Zachary: "Please?"


Zachary, standing on the floor, placing his head in my lap, begging for... ?

Could be attention. Might be Cookies. Perhaps he wants out?

In this case, it was none of the above. Turns out he was asking permission to join me on the sofa.

Sometimes he asks. Sometimes he doesn't.

He's always allowed on the sofa, except when I'm trying to arrange the blankets, so his motivation for (sometimes) asking is a mystery.

Dog Blog Post #2435



Photography Assignment


Daily Dog Challenge 2098. "Vertical"

Sleepy Puppy
Zachary: "Zzzzz"


Fast asleep on the sofa with me, with his head sandwiched between my blanket covered leg and the back of the sofa.

It's a heavy blanket, tending to smooth out our respective lumps and bumps, making snuggling together more comfy.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Senior Citizen

Senior Citizen
Senior Citizen Zachary

I wonder if they'll let him into Movies at a discount?

Dog Blog Post #2434



Zachary turned nine a couple months back, making him officially a "senior" dog.

There something about those soft brown eyes that look all the more endearing paired with his frosted muzzle.

Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - July 26, 2017 - "Old, Aged, Elderly"

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July

Hubby and Son continue to monopolize the computer.

The best way to get your fix of the boys is still to visit the Flickr stream directly: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bztraining

That said...

Christmas in July
Zachary is not amused


Dog Blog Post #2433


Zachary thinks there's Something Fishy going on with the Jingle Bell collar making an appearance in July.

Could be worse.

I could have pulled out the Caribou antlers.


Photography Assignment


Daily Dog Challenge 2091. "Something Fishy"

Our Daily Challenge - July 24, 2017 - "Bell"


Sleepy Boys
Sleepy Dogs



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What's That?

Still not getting much computer time - so we'll skip ahead to today's picture.

As always, everything I would have posted here is available on my Flickr stream (at least a picture a day) including the commentary. :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bztraining


What's That?
Henry (thinking) : "What's this?"



Dog Blog Post #2432


Throw It Away? I Can't!

This was almost too easy, as half my house would probably qualify - at least to a confirmed minimalist.

In the end, I went with this little mylar balloon, still full of air 20-something years after my son was born.

Yes, you read that right. He'll finish his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the end of the year.

The little balloon seemed to embody the topic description of "old", "useless", and yet I just can't throw it away.


Photography Assignment


Our Daily Challenge - July 18, 2017 - "Throw It Way? I Can't!"

Daily Dog Challenge 2085. "Off Centered"

Henry doesn't keep useless stuff. He enjoys his things for a reasonable period of time before destroying them completely.

In his defense, we're mostly talking empty, lightweight boxes, otherwise destined for the recycle bin.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Collars and Ties

A slow end to a more fruitful week...

Sunday


Luscious Locks
Sleepy Henry


Luscious Locks
Henry: "Zzzzzz"


Our Daily Challenge - July 6, 2017 - "I wish I had..."

... Henry's Luscious Locks.

Being able to instantly fall asleep like he does wouldn't be bad either.

One minute he's wrestling with Zachary, the next he's snuggled up against me fast asleep.

Clean living and a clean conscience, I suppose.

Or maybe he just avoids caffeine.

Daily Dog Challenge 2076. "Wishful Thinking"

Luscious Locks
Henry's Luscious Locks


Saturday


The heat was back...

Henry's Biggest Fans
Henry: "There's TWO!"


Henry's Fan (right) and its understudy twin (left).

Yes, the pup has his very own fan.

From the first hint of heat in April/May until it loses its spot to the Christmas tree in December, Henry's Fan whirs steadily, cheerfully, safely - tucked behind a bit of ex-pen in the Living Room.

Henry loves his fan.

This is actually Henry's third fan, for constant use in a fluff-filled environment takes its toll on the best of equipment.

Son's college apartment was having airflow issues a few months back, and so we purchased Henry's Fan's twin, as we've been very happy with this model.

Now back at home, the understudy is being brought up to speed by providing cooling breezes, as needed, in Son's bedroom.

At some future time, when Henry's Fan whines to a shuddering stop, the understudy will be ready to spin into action and save Henry's day.

Truth in Advertising: Uh no, they don't normally have streamers. I just thought they would look cool for the picture. :)

Our Daily Challenge - July 6, 2017 - "This is what summer looks like"

Daily Dog Challenge 2075. "The Dog Days of..."

Henry's Biggest Fans
Henry: "This is the life."


Henry's Biggest Fans
Chill Henry


Henry's Biggest Fans
Fun with slow exposure



Friday


Casual Friday 27/52
Applicant Zachary



Casual Friday
Applicant Henry



Dressing appropriately is...

Our Daily Challenge - July 6, 2017 - "Key"

... to any job interview, including wearing your favorite...

Daily Dog Challenge 2074. "Lucky"

... tie.

Aside: I made the collar last weekend. This is my second time with this pattern, which is essentially Simplicity 1727 with minor changes for size (24" neck) and the shape of the collar points (because I like it better this way.)

You saw my first effort in yesterday's "My Fellow Americans" shot.

The tie was made tonight and is mostly based on Simplicity 1482, reworked to make it longer (thank you Son for your good eye on the final length) so I could wrap it around the clip-on-tie hardware I just purchased (10 for $10.)

While the clip-on-tie hardware came with absolutely zero instructions on how to wrap a tie around it, I found an unrelated YouTube video that was more than adequate.

Ten minutes to sew the tie. Twenty minutes to get it wrapped around the clip. But I have to say it was worth it. The guys looked adorable prancing around the house with it on.

Job Applicant
Henry's lighting check - too cute not to post


Thursday


My Fellow Americans
Zachary: "My fellow Americans..."



My Fellow Americans
Zachary: "... its time for a change."



Zachary may have discovered his true...

Daily Dog Challenge 2073. "Calling"

...: politics.

After all, he's good looking, outgoing, and seems to be loved by one and all.

Cookies in every bowl, free Lacrosse Balls for all, and raising the number of naps per day top his agenda - with a special emphasis on increasing the amount of time we spend walking.

Who knows, this stump speech might be his...

Our Daily Challenge - July 6, 2017 - "Gateway"

... to a career in politics.

(He can't be any worse than the guy we currently have.)

My Fellow Americans
Henry: "My esteemed colleague..."



My Fellow Americans
Henry: "... is absolutely right."



My Fellow Americans
Zachary: (blink)



My Fellow Americans
Thoughtful Henry



At the Podium
Sill life with a "microphone"



Dog Blog Post #2431


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Photography Assignment


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