“The Joy of Childhood”

It has been an absolute pleasure photographing these beautiful puppies and trying to capture their unique personalities.  However, it was a challenge as they run in every direction very quickly, collide like bumper cars and stay in one place momentarily.  Technically, for most photographs, I did use a high shutter speed to freeze the action and an F-stop at 5.6 or lower to blur the background.  Also, I tried to stay as low to the ground as possible to be eye level with their eyes.  A few times, I sat on the ground to be eye-level with them.  However, within moments, I had one playing tug-of-war with my shoe lace; one eating the lace on my shorts; one pulling at my tee-shirt; one grabbing my camera strap – and one or two just jumping in my lap.  At any rate, I hope that photographs have provided you with some entertainment during your day.  Most importantly, I hope that they have reminded you of the joy of childhood.  For me, the experience has also been introspective as I was inspired to ask myself the following questions…

  • Do you remember playing?
  • Do you remember being spontaneous?
  • Do you remember life without responsibility?
  • Do you remember life without meetings?
  • Do you remember the joy of movement?
  • Do you remember “being ” without the perception of judgment?
  • Do you remember the memories of family?
  • Do you remember curiosity?

Thank you, sweet puppies.  I wish you all a great life in your new homes with many blessings.

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“The 6 Pack @ 7 Weeks”

Yes, the puppies are “7” weeks old already.  I have one more week to photograph them before they are placed in their permanent homes.  It is difficult to photograph all “6” together as they are running and playing like bumper cars.  Their young lives are filled with curiosity which is a joy to behold.  After their playtime, they literally collapse and fall asleep.  Needless to say, this is a pleasure to both photograph and experience.  Enjoy!

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“Butt…”

The humor this photograph conveys is hilarious.  However, to achieve this composition, the main ingredient for me was patience.  I had to wait for both ducks to choreograph their movements in a synchronized way.  It actually was fun to stop and “be present” with each moment and it was a reminder to use this lesson in my life.

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“White Ibis”

Use a faster shutter speed to capture birds in flight.  Composition can be a challenge concerning placement of the bird, including the entire bird and trying to get a sharp eye in focus.  With this photograph, the circles in the water and abstract design of the trees add to the composition.

 

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“The Owl and the Eagle”

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I love the backlighting on the owl.  With one eye open and one eye closed, its wink was almost nature’s attempt at flirting.  It was quite amusing to behold.  Although the owl and the eagle were both in captivity at the Homosassa Springs State Park in Florida, they both seemed content and happy.  The eagle appeared to be trying to communicate something or at least, in a literal sense, was depicting the call of the wild.

 

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“Great Egret”

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This is almost perfect composition with this Great Egret.  I missed getting the full wing span into the frame, however, the photograph is still pleasing to the eye.  On another level, the right wing is leading my eye to something new and different and I want to move in the direction of the bird’s flight pattern.  It is as if the bird is saying:  “Follow me.”  It is interesting that without resistance, I do desire to follow it.

 

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“Wood Stork”

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 The foreground really enhances this photograph with lots of texture and subtle colors.  The stork’s standing and being attitude reminds me of a position of acceptance.  I am constantly amazed at the philosophical and spiritual nature of nature as this photograph is a nice reminder of how to be present in the moment with no expectations.

 

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