What does the future hold?   

When I started this little challenge, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. I am never in photos, I totally cling to the other side of the lens and taking selfies… let’s just say it was never my thing.

From the beginning to the end, I loved the creativity and coming up with something that would fit the theme. I wished I could have included one of our pets in every photo because they are so important to us. Maybe next time I will make that a criteria. There were a couple of times that I went back to the drawing board. Not so much the idea, but pulling the photo off.

I tried to limit myself to just one of post-processing and I came pretty close. I used what I had at home to assist me and the best part is, I never once had to leave my backyard. Many a day I would wander out with the theme and challenge in mind just looking for the right angle, the right location and the right lighting.

When I started the challenge, my only criteria was to use myself as a model. Sometimes I used the 10 second timer, most of the time I hauled Karen out to be my shutter buddy. Kudos to Karen, she was always Johnny on the spot for me.

Theme—Growth; Challenge—Use yourself.

15 day challenge, that’s a wrap.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

On the wings of borzoi. 

Theme—Flight; Challenge—Create interesting wings

This is an image I have had in my head for a long time. What better time to do it than now. Rounding up the four borzoi proved to be the most interesting of challenges. They thought for sure I had lost my mind. I’m pretty sure I did.

Yup, this is what I look like walking the dogs.

Gone, but not forgotten

Theme—Forgotten; Challenge—Use paper

We have had the good fortune to know the love of many greyhounds over the years. Our hearts have been filled with joy many times and broken just as many. It’s a journey I will never regret taking.

When the numbers were high, we had a 5 x 5′ kennel system for the dogs. Last summer when we were taking it down, it seemed like the perfect fence to put around the gardens. It gave a whole new life to something that brought us great joy.

Really? Do we have to do this?   

This boy will do just about anything I ask of him. I am so in love with him.Trying to fashion a shower in the ancient plum tree wasn’t so easy, but Zip took it all in stride.

Theme—Pressure. Not so much water pressure, but I did feel a little weird asking Zip to sit under the tree with water spraying on him. Challenge—Use water. Hence the dog bath.

The sky is falling.  

I don’t know the last time we saw rain. I was so anxious to get in the gardens that I probably rushed it away. Last night and this morning we welcomed rain. Morning coffee in the barn was the best as a warm and balmy rain light fell to the gardens.

OK, this time I probably pushed the theme and challenge just a bit.

Theme—diversity. Seriously all of the chickens are different and the rain, we’ve had nothing but hot summer days, rain is diverse. The Challenge—Use a stranger.