Holy Eff, Is This A Joke?

So I log onto WordPress yesterday before I get out of dodge leave the office and WHAM! I see my doggin, Chase, staring at me. It doesn’t take but a ½ second for me to yell “Pod-mate!  Come hither!”  And she confirmed my disbelief.  I don’t know how and I absolutely have no idea why, but my 50mm post was highlighted on the home page.  And my mind is completely, utterly boggled.

Holy Eff!

Holy Eff!

Yes, I took a picture of it.  How else was I going to get my family to believe me.

Don’t judge me.

Why was my mind boggled, you ask?  Because I’ve only been blogging since July 28th.  As in 2009.  As in 17 days! Seriously, folks.  I kid you not, internet.  I feel as if I should cut them a check or promise them my first born child or something incredibly ridiculous as this.  I definitely need to write an ode to my Pod-mate for showing me her Jedi-mind tricks of blogging.  ?I heart you, Pod-mate.?

It has been surreal watching the blog-o-meter creep higher and higher – and I know this will NEVER happen again.  It just can’t.  I’m an unimportant person who started this selfishly [17 days ago] because I hated posting pictures on 5 different websites to share with friends and family.  But as wigged out as I’ve been, I have to admit that you guys that left comments, The Commenters, have some pretty kick ass blogs.  And so many of you have beautiful photographs I’m completely envious of.  I haven’t been wielding my dSLR for very long and just I happen to get lucky – that’s why I take 956 shots every time I turn the camera on… so I have at least 1 good photo.  I may have to expand my Blogo Rollo to share your kick assedness with the folks who visit shutterboo the most (aka: my friends who live within 25 miles of my house).

I appreciate everyone for stopping by and looking around.  Please feel free to visit any time as we’re open 24/7 via the interweb.  Just don’t be disappointed if my photos are lame that day.  Thank you, internet, and have a nice day.

August 14, 2009 - 10:39 am

Prudhomme - Congrats! Nice to be recognized (just tell yourself it wasn’t blind, random chance). I checked out your “I Heart MY 50mm” because of WordPress. I’m a first time blogger myself who loves taking pictures as a hobby. Keep up the great work and Keep taking those pictures!

August 14, 2009 - 11:47 am

Dawn - Hello! I think you deserve it because your photos are AWESOME. It doesn’t matter that you take 400 of them – it matters that you get (and find!) the One.

August 14, 2009 - 12:18 pm

awwwcrap - Hey, saw your blog through the 50mm link on wordpress home page. I too have been blogging since July 29th. So in a way we have the same birthday. Although it seems that you are the more advanced and developed one. Great pictures! Keep on clicking away! Maybe I should take pics and put them on my blog that are more classier than a womans smily-faced underwear showing through her dress. Congrats on your quick success! You deserve it!

August 14, 2009 - 2:54 pm

ajquinley - Congratulations! I took a look through your photos after seeing this and thoroughly enjoyed your appreciation for the “mundane”. I think just as entertaining and insightful as your photos are your comments :0)

August 14, 2009 - 7:46 pm

geekgirl415 - Heh heh- it’s totally weird when you see your hits climb “for no reason” then you figure it out!! And to be spotlighted on the login page- COOL! Your blog, as new as it is, is pretty durn funny. I can totally relate to the previous post too, afraid of “the parents”. If you offer to email them the pics, they might not break your camera… :D

August 18, 2009 - 7:24 pm

katie - You have every right to be excited! I would be too! And you have a fabulous blog and your photos are beautiful. 17 days in, huh? I’m jealous! :)

I Heart My 50mm

I’m in love with my 50mm.  In LOVE, I say.  The hubs got it for me as a gift for Christmas(?) … my birthday(?) … and I became extremely frustrated with it.  My DAd told me that it should be the easiest lens to use because what you see through the lens is what you see with your naked eye.  Whatever, DAd.  But then in July, something fantastic happened: I figured it out.  I was used to stepping into my subject with my kit lens but with the 50mm I had to step away from my subject.  Seems elementary but then again, I tend to be elementary.

So after taking something like 287 pictures of my dogs, IT happened.  I had a GREAT photo of Chase.  Little did I know that I had changed the white balance (it happens to the best of us) so when I uploaded the photos (all 287 of them), I saw that Chase’s black fur was blue on the screen.  D-oh!  There went my great photo.  After I whined and got mad at myself about the W/B, I became an adult again and decided to make it black & white.  And now it’s perfect.

The Chasey Bear
(I know that I posted this same picture on Monday – get over it.  I love this picture of my Sugar Bear.)

Not to be phased, I changed the W/B and went back out and shot 142 pictures of Chevy in about 12 minutes.  And I was able to get a good shot of her.  The only thing that bugs me is that dog #2 is in the same position as dog #1.  It’s like I just switched their heads.  But I didn’t.  Promise.  Cross my fingers hope to die.

The Chevster

So the experimenting began.  The next day at work I took a walk during my lunch down to Waterfront Park.  The black eyed susans were out in full force so I proceeded to take 79 pictures of the yellow boogers.  And then another 359 of other things I thought would be “cool shots” while I walked through the Belvedere and back down Main Street to the office.  None of them looked decent on my 2×2 LCD screen.  I was bummed.

I did end up uploading the pictures but I was still bummed.  None of the “cool shots” were cool.  They were bland and uninspiring.  But low and behold, there were 2 shots  – 2 out of 1,867 – that had potential.  So I cropped, I saturated, I contrasted, I burned… and 2 of my favorite photographs [to date] were born.

Blackeyed Susans

Don’t you just want to pluck that black eyed susan?  It’s begging to be housed in a vase.  But then it would miss all of its friends.  And then it would sad.  We don’t like sad susans.

Blackeyed Susans

I would like to point out that these photos are the first ones that my DAd looked at did not tell me what I did wrong.  Let me rephrase: he did not tell what I should have done.  Instead, I got this (verbatim): I think you are becoming aware of your camera’s potential.  Keep experimenting. Whoa!  Did you hear that?!  It was almost like a compliment!   Hey, I’ll take what I can get.

I now use the 50mm for everything.  I used it for my D&D shots.  I used it for my backyard shots.  I used it to stick in Mel’s mug.  I experiment with it constantly.  With the f/1.8, I’m able to take pictures in lighting conditions that are usually too dark for my kit lens.  I’m in love with the 50mm.  In LOVE.  And if you have a DSLR, I recommend you hop on over to the store and check it out – the lens itself is rather inexpensive (the f/1.8 as the f/1.4 is pricier) and man does it do some cool stuff.  And [bless your heart] if you’re anything like me, just remember to step away from the subject.


Thanks to WordPress for a spot on the home page! Completely unexpected but very cool!

August 13, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Susan - I love my 50mm, too, but have learned the hard way it’s not the best for arms-length self portraits. Which made me a sad susan, and you’re right, we don’t like sad susans. :)

August 13, 2009 - 5:01 pm

sweetiegirlz - You’re just too funny! I love your post about your trial and error with the lens. I really also love these photos. The doggy smile is soooo endearing and magnetic. keep on keeping on. You already learned one of the biggest rules of Photography, which is shoot one thing a hundred different ways. Great job!

August 13, 2009 - 5:17 pm

jenbyjennifer - LOVE the susans! LOVE THEM. And I love photography – another hobby I need to get back to doing… I’m going to link you on my blog if that’s ok?

August 13, 2009 - 5:19 pm

missionaryjon - Really great photos. Thanks for the info about the lense.

http://www.missionaryjon.com

August 13, 2009 - 5:33 pm

Rabi - Hello,

Stumbled upon your blog on the wordpress home page. “I heart my 50mm” is quite an eye catcher for us photographers ^^ I heart my 50mm as well, but lately I haven’t been using it as much as I should have. You’ve got some fantastic shots and best of all, you’ve made me stick my 50mm back on the camera.

Looking forward to future posts,

Rabi

August 13, 2009 - 5:39 pm

Joel - I’ve got a 50 mm as well. I think it’s not so much the focal length as it is the f/1.8 that I like. After using it to really crank down the depth of field, it’s hard to go back to anything like my 18-70 mm.

August 13, 2009 - 6:00 pm

emilybee - Great post. Makes me want to get a 50mm too!

August 13, 2009 - 6:14 pm

Cord - Wonderful shots of your dogs and great shots of the flowers too :o) Just stumbled upon your blog by accident :) and thought I would tell you I like the photos. I also have 50mm and I LOVE IT! and have from day one :0) Probably my favorite lens for portraits and low light. :0)

August 13, 2009 - 6:16 pm

denise - I “stumbled” upon your blog too, from the wordpress home page… love that they changed the format!. CONGRATS on the “nifty 50” epiphany!!! You got some great shots there, and that’s HUGE what your dad said, hehe. I got my 50mm in June and love it too. I totally get you w/the 1897 shots of nothing and 2 surprises.

August 13, 2009 - 6:49 pm

tdmphotography - Me too on both film and digital bodies the lens is unbeatable, one thing I particularly like for an abstract effect is going to the city and manually putting all the bright lights out of focus gives some great effects! If you havent already tried it I suggest you give it a go, as a photographer you constantly stress about stuff being in focus so this is very liberating and fun way to shoot sometimes!

Jon

http://www.blog.tdmphotography.co.uk

August 13, 2009 - 7:18 pm

katie - you’re doggies are so sweet! the photos aren’t too shabby either. love the bokeh!

August 13, 2009 - 7:19 pm

nemo - you should now try to use this new awesome power and
try out hdr shooting :D

August 13, 2009 - 7:35 pm

sirfishalot - Brooke,
I like your blog. Congrats on the new 50mm.
I like that second shot of the Susans; nice composition, DOF and BG with sweet bokeh too.

JayT

August 13, 2009 - 7:37 pm

geadancu - I know what you’re talking about. The 50mm is the one. Hughies.

August 13, 2009 - 7:39 pm

geadancu - What camera do you use?
I use a 50mm L series from Canon.
Rhhaaaaa, lovely! ^^

August 13, 2009 - 7:41 pm

calmbyday - Thise pictures are brillant! love the laughing puppy :)

August 13, 2009 - 7:46 pm

shutterboo - I’m small time – as in only been shooting for 2 years – so I have a Canon Rebel XT. Thank you though. I have fun with it.

August 13, 2009 - 8:39 pm

suebartlow - Thanks for the inspiration! I just got a lens and was doing the same thing! Wasn’t quite sure how to use it…now I want to experiment really bad! I came upon your blog by accident too! Glad I did!

August 13, 2009 - 8:41 pm

rawintellekt - You have inspired me a little bit more along my quest to being a photographer: take hundreds of photographs.

August 13, 2009 - 8:52 pm

Ashley Johnson - I love my 50mm too! Almost as much as I love my dogs.

Beautiful shots of your babies by the way!

August 13, 2009 - 8:57 pm

Laurie - I recently received my 50mm/1.4 lens after waiting 2 months for Amazon to deliver it. It’s frickin’ amazing, especially indoors! I definitely need to take more photos with it though, you’ve inspired me!

August 13, 2009 - 9:32 pm

Mike B - Lovely Pictures! The “stepping away” problem you encountered is most likely due to the image sensor on the XT. It’s smaller than 35mm film so a 50mm lens, which is considered “normal” for 35mm, is actually more like a telephoto. Canon’s 28mm lens is more normal but more expensive so I think a lot of people will be using the 50mm and just learning to “step away”. :)

August 13, 2009 - 9:35 pm

cindratee - I heart my 50mm, too. Love your black-eyed Susan.

August 13, 2009 - 9:46 pm

freespiritcat - Hello,

I was wondering what camera do you use! I know its a 50mm but i’d love to know more about the camera! I use a nikon d80 but I want to learn more about different types of cameras! So I was just wondering what camera you used! Thank you!

Cat

August 13, 2009 - 10:11 pm

kendrajk - I can’t believe it took you so long to fall in love with the 50mm! The second I took mine out of the box, it was over, I was in love, hard core. I would use it for every single thing if I could :)
I love those flower shots, very beautiful!

August 13, 2009 - 10:18 pm

ilooklikerufio - OMG THIS IS TOO AWESOME! I was wondering how to make my page like this! cuz I’ve got photos I wanna post up, as well as poems, and other things.

August 13, 2009 - 10:27 pm

sugarshakes - I agree – I hated for a long time how I had to exit the room to get a picture of my kids, more than their eye… but now that I know what situations call for it – I love it, too!

August 13, 2009 - 11:18 pm

theshadowhunter - The 50mm gotta be my most favorite ‘nothing to shoot’ lens. I am constantly surprised by it’s ability to see things so differently especially things we see everyday. Each picture of a familiar object, person or animal takes on a different quality. Shoot more and you will discover surprised even more by this little fella.

August 13, 2009 - 11:20 pm

Stephanie Frances - you have some truly lovely pictures. what kind of camera do you shoot with?

August 14, 2009 - 12:11 am

tenzinkhoo - “…bout the W/B, I became an adult again and…”

That drew a good laugh. =D

August 14, 2009 - 1:29 am

jessbcuz - great post! I just received a new dslr (upgrading from my rebel!!!) for my bday last month and have been thinking abt adding a 50mm to what i have after reading a bit about them. i have a 50 mm for my manual film camera and it was my favorite–i think it is time to get back to basics! thanks for reminding me.

August 14, 2009 - 2:31 am

nectarfizz - Wow! I love that you are a beginner like me! I haven’t got the nifty camera you have yet, but I plan to get one as soon as possible. I wondered if you would not mind checking my blog and giving me honest opinion once in a while. I will certainly be coming back here for a look as well, if that’s ok with you anyway.

Bekki

August 14, 2009 - 2:32 am

nectarfizz - OOps..might help if I put my link on here so you can check out my photoblog…lol http://shutterbuglane.wordpress.com/

August 14, 2009 - 3:16 am

Dima - :)

August 14, 2009 - 3:16 am

sungame - Nice flower photos! I really like the last one. I’ve got a Nikkor 50 mm 1/8 myself, and actually used it to shoot some black eyed susans last weekend (although I didn’t know that this was the name of the flower).

Your dad’s statement that “it should be the easiest lens to use because what you see through the lens is what you see with your naked eye” is only true when you use the lens on a 35 mm (film) camera or a full format DSLR. When attached to a “normal” format DSLR, the 50mm equals a 75 mm on a 35 mm camera, making it a moderate telephoto lens. However, this focal length, combined with the large aperture (1/8) makes it a superb portrait lens, as you have probably discovered photographing your dog.

The Nikkor 50mm 1/8 must be my all time favourite lens. If the Canon variety is anything like it (in terms of build quality, image sharpness and bang-for-buck ratio), I am not surprised that you have fallen in love.

August 14, 2009 - 3:35 am

thevetproject - Your pics and your cutie dog are faboulous!!!! Simona

August 14, 2009 - 3:39 am

dannyhageman - Congrads on finding the key to the 50mm world. I do not count your prior days a loss. Digital Photography has morphed the art of picture-taking into easy as one-two-three… perfection! Where is the fun in that? Yeah, I am not talking about slaving over a piece of wet film in the dark room. But, I do admit that I like to use older digital cameras just because of their difficulty. For me, there is more satisfaction when you are able to conquer a piece of ancient technology and make it do something profound.

I do admire your work!

dannyhageman.wordpress.com

August 14, 2009 - 4:22 am

summerian - nice photos!

August 14, 2009 - 4:51 am

sarahjanethain - Loving the Dog pics, can you come and take some of my 3 cats please :-)

August 14, 2009 - 5:17 am

Simone - beautiful shots. I think a nifty fifty might have to be the thing I treat my camera to next!

August 14, 2009 - 5:45 am

jenquest - Funny coincidence. After wanting one for a long time, I’ll finally be getting a 50mm in the next week or so. Can’t wait to have a mess around with it.

Nice pics by the way.

August 14, 2009 - 7:34 am

Wes Shepherd - I heart my 50 too, nice simple little lens that makes you walk around the subject instead of zooming in and out. You’ve got some great shots–very creative. BTW What kind of camera are you using?

August 14, 2009 - 8:06 am

melomaanskronkels - Beautiful pictures!

August 14, 2009 - 8:07 am

whizkid - wonderful photos, and i HEART my 50 mm too :)

August 14, 2009 - 8:19 am

kimberlybuck - I’m so jealous. I love the photos. I want a camera that can do that but right now I have a simple snapshot. I am waiting to upgrade in a year. I was going to get a $500 Nikon, but decided to wait until I can afford a $1200. Beautiful pics.

August 14, 2009 - 9:07 am

lyvya - i’m in love with my 50mm too :) love these pictures!

August 14, 2009 - 9:11 am

Lynne - Lovely. I heart my 50mm lens too… especially when the aperture is wide open with lots of lovely bokah.

August 14, 2009 - 9:28 am

Courtney Cawley - I love your shots. I am constanly trying to get my dogs to pose for me. Unfortunately they don’t speak my language so instead i get candids! Keep it up.

August 14, 2009 - 9:54 am

Philip Thomas - Experimenting solely with a(ny) particular fixed-length lens does often force you to look at things in new ways. Once you become comfortable with your 50mm, try others for a while–just use the one focal length, like you’re doing now–and it will likely help you become a better photographer overall.

(Note also that some of the DSLRs now do a pretty decent job with somewhat higher ISOs [esp. if you’re not going to blow up your pix very large], so by changing your ISO, you can use even lower light [so the f1.8 isn’t so bad!]. You used to have to change film to do that [and usually the more sensitive film was horrible, unless you intentionally wanted to introduce grain].)

August 14, 2009 - 10:32 am

MB - Keep up the wonderful work!

August 14, 2009 - 11:16 am

calicophotography - They don’t call it the “nifty fifty” for nothing ;-) I’ve used it for a few years now & I still love it!! Keep practicing & playing around, enjoy it!

Smiles,
Jenn

August 14, 2009 - 11:35 am

rapidblue - I also have a 50mm 1.8 – they are soooooo awesome!!!!! You mentioned the white balance in you post, how about shooting in RAW then you don’t have to worry about the white balance and allows so much more play when you edit them :-)

August 14, 2009 - 11:47 am

rdcpub - The 50mm is the best lens you can get in terms of value for money, and if you have a developed eye for quality photography you will find that the quality of the picures coming out of a 50mm lens cannot be matched without spending a small fortune.

I see in Flickr that you use a Canon Rebel. I use Nikon equipment (well, in the last couple of years I am using my mobile phone to tell you the truth) and have a similar lens: mine is a 50mm f/1.4 but a f/1.8, although slower, would probably be sharper. The absence of distortion and colour fringing make of this a fantastic lens that can be used to produce the best results in (on APS-C sized sensors, such as yours and mine) portraits and more.

Regarding your WB problem, try using RAW format to shoot your pictures. You will get better results if you pre-process your files before turning them into jpg. Well done overall, your pictures are great indeed. Carry on and press hard with your 50mm, you won’t regret it.

August 14, 2009 - 12:11 pm

junbelen - I’m in love with my Canon 50mm f/1.4, too! It’s a great portrait and pretty much everyday lens!! There’s so much you can do with dofs with this lens. Have fun with it!!

August 14, 2009 - 1:04 pm

leicaman - Hi Brooke…enjoyed your blog…I use a Canon D5 and a Rebel…keep your love of photography going…it will help you get through many difficult times.

August 14, 2009 - 1:16 pm

Homer - What kind of dog is it? Very beautifull

August 14, 2009 - 1:17 pm

storygal - Love those photos of the black-eyed susans and your dog photos too. I’d say they look pretty professional. Me, I like the quick shots and our much used FinePix camera.

August 14, 2009 - 2:06 pm

dinu - beautiful collection :)

August 14, 2009 - 2:10 pm

mooney=mc2 - I love my 50mm too. and blackeyed Susans. in fact…(runs outside)

August 14, 2009 - 4:29 pm

Bente Iren - I think I’m falling in love with your dogs, they’re so cute ^^, And your pictures is just gorgeous! ;D

August 14, 2009 - 5:16 pm

shutterboo - Chase (dog #1) is a border collie/blue heeler mix. She’s a medium size dog with a big brain. Chevy (dog #2) is a Heinz 57 – we’re really not sure of her mix as she’s a rescue. I am sure she’s deaf as a doornail though. She’s the BDD – Big Deaf Dog.

August 14, 2009 - 5:17 pm

shutterboo - I shoot with a Canon Rebel XT. My first dSLR camera.

August 19, 2009 - 11:11 am

jenbyjennifer - I posted a picture of my roomie Archie the cat this morning just because I mentioned him a couple of times. Part of the reason I was so inspired by your pictures of your dogs is that Archie aka Bee Dub (short for black and white) always looked like a good subject to me for photos… as of course flowers which is what originally caught my eye on your site – post some more! Oh – and if and when you see the not so hot picture of Arch you will know why I need to get my camera back out – that was from my phone *sigh*

August 19, 2009 - 1:35 pm

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The Pod-Mate Returns!

Let me first explain the term”pod” as it always throws people off.  Think of a cubicle… only round. 

Pods esta en el trabajo

We have these big circular work spaces and each person lives works in ¼ of the circle.  And we call them pods.  (I would have shown you my quarter but I don’t want to embarrass my parents via interweb.)

So yes, my pod-mate returned this week!  She was vacationing on the east coast with family all last week while things were out of sorts around here (with the BossLady abandoning us and all).  But now she’s back.  And she came bearing gifts!  She brought salt water taffy for us office dwellers.  And it is so good.

Salt Water Taffy

The taffy came in the cutest boxes.  This one features light houses of North Carolina.  And there’s even little snippets on the back about each one.  I ignored the side with the nutrition facts.  No need to get upset over spilled taffy.

Salt Water Taffy

Dear Pod-mate,
You were missed.  But I love the taffy.  And so does everyone else.  If it takes you leaving us for a few days to win some candy, by all means.  Scratch that – I take it all back.  We can just walk to Muth’s instead.
Your Friend,
B

August 13, 2009 - 2:54 pm

Susan - Awww… understood. And I’m always up for a walk to Muth’s to get some of their modjeskas – yum!

August 13, 2009 - 6:29 pm

Sphincter - Pod? I feel disappointed! I pictured something that you’d be able to jettison away if necessary…Is there a secret roof or enclosure I’m missing?

August 20, 2009 - 12:49 pm

MB - I missed taffy?!?!?!?

I'm Not Singing In The Rain

Enough with the rain already!!!!!

This summer has been one of the wettest summers I’ve experienced.  It seems to rain every other day.  As a matter of fact, it thunderstormed something awful last night and they’re expecting more this evening.  The Weather Channel is backing me up on this one.  The average precipitation for July is 4.30″ and we had 6.02″ of rain.  The average for August is 3.41″ and we’ve surpassed that average with 5.47″ so far this month.  IT’S ONLY THE 11th!!!  WE HAVE 20 MORE DAYS OF AUGUST!!!

Lives in my Backyard

Last Tuesday, The Ville experienced flash flooding because too much rain fell too fast and it had no where to go but in places it shouldn’t.  I feel very fortunate that we didn’t have any damage to our house or cars.  But my yard sure is taking a beating.  And it probably makes all of our neighbors curse our name under their breath.

When it rains, stuff grows.  And when it grows, it usually needs pruning to keep it looking nice.  But when a) it rains so often it’s too wet to tend to the yard and/or b) you have a very lazy busy weed-puller (AKA – me) and lawn-mower (AKA – the hubs), things get a little crazy.  The hubs finally did mow the backyard after it began to resemble the Serengeti.  But since I slept like a bear in hibernation this past weekend, I only managed to photograph what I should have been weeding.  Sorry hubs.

Lives in my Backyard

We’ve noticed that with a lot of rain and what I can only suspect is the help of my dogs (because it only happens in the backyard) that mushrooms are abundant.  These fun-guys (ha!) are small but they grow fast and grow large, flat caps.  Luckily, the doggins do not eat them.  I cannot imagine what color that vomit would be.

Lives in my Backyard Lives in my Backyard
Note: These are the same pair of mushrooms. The photo on the left was taken 08/09/09 at 8p while the photo on the right was taken 08/10/09 at 6p. I kid you not, internet.

Then we have these viney weed things.  They suffocate everything including my day lillies and the fence.  They grow with such a vengeance and wind their way around everything they can get their viney tips on.  I hate them.  Hate them, hate them, hate them.  I will them to hell.

Lives in my Backyard

Clover somehow managed its way into a flower pot.  I don’t get it.  Must be the wind.  Damn you wind.

Lives in my Backyard

And I’ve got this rogue tomato plant.  I did not plant it.  My former BossLady said “it’s a bird shit plant” which may be true but doesn’t have a pleasant ring to it.  I am waiting to see if it will bear fruit.  If Chevy doesn’t bear paw it to death first.  Fingers crossed.

Lives in my Backyard

My neighbor has wild berries in her flower bed – but they stick through the fence into our yard.  They’re cute, small bursts of color and I actually like them.  But I’m praying the canines will ignore these like the mushrooms (refer to previously mentioned projectile). 

Lives in my Backyard

However, the doggins cannot resist the delicious sweet grass.  I call it sweet grass because they eat it like candy.  The hubs did mow but definitely did not weed-eat.   Can I blame him?  So the dogs are taking advantage of the tall, weedy sweet grass that lines the deck and water spouts.  I just have to monitor how much they ingest.  I’m far too familiar with their homegrown salad not staying down.

Lives in my Backyard

So please, Mother Nature, can you cut us some slack and lay off with the rain for a couple weeks?!?  I mean, I like not having to remember to water my potted flowers but I’m far too lazy busy to rip up these weeds.  For reals.  Or I’m gonna have to steal a goat from the State Fair next week.

August 12, 2009 - 4:06 pm

Melanie - I am glad your doggies leave the mushrooms alone, our scavange for them!! Good thing it doesn’t make them sick. You know how fast they eat I could never get them away from them anyways :)

August 13, 2009 - 7:57 pm

fuzzy63 - I love your pics and stories. Keep up the good work.

August 15, 2009 - 3:31 pm

I Heart My 50mm « shutterboo - […] now use the 50mm for everything.  I used it for my D&D shots.  I used it for my backyard shots.  I used it to stick in Mel’s mug.  I experiment with it constantly.  With the f/1.8, […]

I Love This Doggin

I heart my doggins.  Love them to death.  Actually, I like most dogs.  But I like mine better.  Sorry.  Chevy and Chase – they round out the household with their furry shenanigans.  Chase is turning 4 this year and it’s hard to believe that she’s turning into such an old lady.  I was going through all of the photos we have of her from day one, and thought it’d be a nice tribute to my Sugar Bear.

2005
On a short trip to Louisville for the hub’s birthday, we made the mistake of stopping in a local pet shop.  Mistake is the wrong word but that’s where it all went down.  And once we laid eyes on her, we were smitten.  Her ears looked way too big for her head.  Her little black eyes had stars dancing in them.  And she was calm.  Almost too calm.  I made us exit the store to “sleep on” the idea of getting a puppy thinking that if she’s gone when we return, it wasn’t meant to be.  If she was still there, well, we’d have to discuss it.

Day 1 Chase

Needless to say, we left with her the next day.  And after trying to pick a name with our friends’ help, we decided on Chase.  After a few months though, we ended up calling her all sorts of things like Sugar Bear, Baby Bear, Chasey Bear, Girl… and she answered to all of them.  But I think it’s because she likes the attention.

Puppy Chase

2006
Chase is my WonderDog.  With the hubs on the road for work most days, Chase and I worked on our tricks.  Forget sit and stay, those are boring – we practiced roll over and catching frisbees.  I had myself a dog with a whirlwind of energy and the attention span of a 4th grader and I took full advantage of it.  She never, however, learned to like water.  She hates it.  Especially baths.  Oh, and rain.  She hates rain.

Wet Chase

2007
A big year for us all.  We sold our house in Indy and moved back home to the Derby City.  Chase was unsure of us packing up boxes upon boxes but once her Grandpa showed up, all was forgotten.  We had a pretty smooth transition between cities and love being back in Louisville.  We love having our family and friends so much closer.  No more overnight trips just spend time with our loved ones.

Curious Chase

But we also added a new doggin to the mix: Chevy.  To make up for Chase’s lame name (sorry, Chase) we cleverly named our new pup Chevy.  I couldn’t wait to yell “Chevy, Chase, [whistle whistle] come in!!”  But we don’t have very good luck with animals that can hear.  Roo the ferret was deaf.  And now Chevy the pup was deaf.  Chase does a great job tolerating her “sister” and occasionally has to put Chevy in her place.  But don’t let her fool you, she loves rolling around on the couch playing with our BDD (big deaf dog).

Mean Chase

2008-2009
Chase has finally hit her prime.  She is all grown up.  Calmer than before but still has a sense of puppy when we go outside to play frisbee or play with her stuffed animals or try to get the hubs out of bed.  Definitely loves new company and wants to please everyone.

Worn Out Chase

And she finally grew into her ears.  Chase has got to be the prettiest border collie mix I’ve ever laid eyes on.  And the softest.  I love her bunny-rabbit fur.  And she’s an awfully good cuddlebug. 

Easter Egg Chase

There’s just something about her that makes me happy.  I think it’s in the eyes.  She’s able to read me and the hubs.  Knows when we’re feeling good or feeling low.  Knows when someone’s up to no good.  She has a good heart.  She may counter surf and steal bags of hamburger buns or Amish Friendship Bread batter on occasion, but she’s the perfect dog for us.

The Chasey Bear

August 13, 2009 - 5:19 pm

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