January 18, 2017
Finally, the cold relents. There were many dogs and people at Norm's today as the temperature went into the 40s by eleven a.m.
The outstanding pup today was this beautiful boy (I think) we met. Unfortunately I got no names. I was all excited because his peep was carrying a camera on a tripod. But alas I didn't even talk about that. I we could do was talk about how beautiful it was.
I walked with Bronwyn Shanti and Brisbane. I have more photos to put up. I will do it - later.
December 30, 2016
We started our walk this morning in a calm quiet setting. About half way around we all of a sudden found ourselves in a serious snowstorm. Thought we might try for a portrait under the beautiful conditions. There are a bunch of dogs and people behind me so I had trouble getting Choco to pay attention to me. Not Blanca.
Moxie surveying one of my favorite fields. Over the years I have had many favorite fields at Norms, but slowly with the increased traffic they have been in one way or another diminished. I am not saying where this is.
The famous view down the Slough, with lots of snow. Not much water flowing today. Not much water flowing for a couple of years now, not since the big flood filled it withe stones and gravel.
Our great friend Michael E Garcia and his best bud Diego, with Mike modeling his new Outback hat. Quite a nice hat. The cane prop is mine, he is holding it for me while I slip and slide around on the snow.
Our new friend Moxie, who walks with her friend Susan at Norm's most mornings lately. I am still working on getting the definitive photograph of Moxie. She is a mover, so one has to be quick. I have not been quick enough yet.
December 12, 2016
Norm's? No way. Every morning when we get up the thermometer says something close to 0. Today the high is 8. So Nina Blanca has the right idea, stretch out on a comfy fleece blanket on the cozy soft bed. Softer anyway. She likes to stay in the basement, and gets annoyed when I wrap myself in a blanket on the couch upstairs. She hits me than runs downstairs. She thinks we are supposed to be in the basement. We usually are, but the cold drives me upstairs.
Lest You Think all We Do, Chocolate, Blanca and I, is lay about and Sleep, I shall attempt to dispel this idea by posting one of my very favorite photos of Blanca. Action, Outside, Beauty, Cold Hands.
December 2, 2016
Photos by Rose Adler Photography
I stumbled across a page today on Facebook about a woman that is trying to educate the world, and breeders, about the issue of mating merle to merle. My Nina Blanca is white, deaf, and vision impaired because both of her parents were blue merle. Any merle coloring will do the same, so red merle to red merle is a no no also. My boy Chocolate is a red merle.
Here is the link to their website if you are interested in this issue.
Well, curses. I just was told that the photo above is Keller and Ozzie. So I will put a photo of Braille.
This is Braille. Braille is both deaf and blind. Keller is vision impaired like my Blanca.
I thank kellerscause for letting me use their photographs. I love that they are educating the world about this issue. My Nina Blanca to me is the greatest dog in the world (you did not hear that Choco) but it would be great if all breeders would be aware of this issue and were responsible about it. Luckily for Keller, Braille and Ozzie, there are big hearted people in the world.
November 24, 2016
Nina Blanca, Chocolate and I all hope everyone had a good day today. It was a beautiful day. We continue to have gorgeous wonderful weather, not so good if you think we need rain, but a pleasure to have for walking at Norm's Island.
I repeat this photo from a couple days ago. It just goes perfectly with the photo of Blanca.
November 21, 2016
Walked with a large group of dogs today at Norm's. I got a many many blurry captures of running dogs. That's okay, I got this wonderful photo of one of my very favorite dogs, Beautiful Bally.
I will ad a blurry action photo. Let's call it "Arty"
The shepherd is Elsa and the healer mix is Moxie. We have been seeing them alot at Norm's the last week or two, and greatly enjoying their company. They are great pals and are very energetic. I wish I had my old D300 to track the action. I sold it. Looking for a new action camera.
November 15, 2016
Meet Moxie. We have been fortunate to meet Moxie and her peep Susan walking at Norm's. Moxie is a very high energy and sweet girl. Loves her sticks. Some Heeler, some Aussie and some Pit Bull, maybe. I can see the Heeler in her energy and determination. Susan has done a wonderful job with her.
We have had weeks of gorgeous weather. It looks like tomorrow it will change. It's okay, we have had a glorious run.
With the help of our friends Susan and Kay we were able to get this great photo of my boy Chocolate.
I cannot let a walk at Norms pass without a photo of my beautiful girl
October 23, 2016
I am always complaining that I never get good pictures of me and my kids. Well, this summer that has ended, my friend Mike got one that I loved, and this past friday my friend Pat took this one. I love this, it is the best yet. I love the expression on Choco's face. Nina Blanca is certainly smiling. She loves Pat, Pat is her favorite peep (after me)
October 20, 2016
This is from yesterday, when it was pretty overcast. Today the sun was out, and it was warm and totally glorious. But the overcast helps to bring out the colours in the trees, and the reflections.
Lou Shasta and Pat Davis Lee. My kids and I came out earlier and were slowly making our way about the Island when we cross paths with my friends. Well it went something like that, there were texts involved.
I always love this when the seagulls rise up. There must be an official name for this phenomena. There were two eagles circling above, and the gulls always take flight when there are eagles. I got a couple reasonable photos of the eagles, but they are just small specks on the file, not very interesting.
This is Simon. That is Simon at the top of the blog with the red ball. He was I think six months when we took the top photo, and is seven and a half years in this one. He is the most energetic dog I have ever seen. He is a Blue Heeler Brittany Spaniel mix, his peep is Pat. She is pretty dedicated to keep him walkin.
It is seldom I am able to get good pictures of dogs in the water, just too many negative elements. But these came out really swell. I love the waves moving away from Simon in the first picture. The him looking directly into the light with the light side of his face showing, wow! As a rule Simon is not a water dog. But if it is not too deep he obviously has no objections to it. Blanca will not go in this far.
Finnegan. Seldom do I get a side view of the boy. Looks like we started to get some cloud cover, compared to the next photo of my boy Choco.
Chocolate trying to decide if he is up for another swim. He will not go into the water except to fetch. Even then he has to be encouraged strongly the first few times, but then he doesn't wanna stop.
Beautiful wonderful day at Norm Schoenthal Island.
October 19, 2016
October 18, 2016
We four went late to Norm's today. I have been having trouble getting up early. Early being 8. Not so early. I really enjoy staying in bed late, but this is not the time of year to be doing it. Soon going late will be a good idea because it will be cold at 8.
It is only October, but the shadows feel long. It is beautiful. My kids seem to have passed a point in a dogs life where the most important thing to them is to be with me, they are by my side almost constantly. Wonderful.
This is a picture of Blanca and Finny. Choco refused to cooperate. I need a new technique for him. I should have begun it today. Blanca is great. She just drills me with those eyes when I tell them to stay, I think she has got it that when I point the camera she looks.
I like this picture of Blanca. I also like the focus aid on the Olympus OM-D e10. This is the one feature that could possibly make me a complete convert to Electronic Viewfinders.
Of course, since I have eyes only for Blanca, this is how I see the top photo. Pretty cool. I am using here a set of actions that I downloaded from Google, Nik Filters I guess they are called. Google bought Nik several years ago, before that they were highly regarded and expensive. You can now download them for free from Google. There are some useful ones. I have been using the sharpening actions. They really are sets of recorded actions.
October 1, 2016
Eagle eye Mike spotted this wonderful phenomena. It is a Great Heron sunning himself. This particular Heron calls this limb home apparently. We see him there quite often.
There have been a great number of Herons on the river this year. In one day last week Mike and I spotted six, including this one sitting on his limb.
Not much of a photo, it is just a small section of the film, and that was at 300mm. But, it is cool anyway. I have never seen such a thing with a big bird.
September 18, 2016
More red. Virginia Creeper I am always assuming.
September 14, 2016
Our good friend Michael E Garcia finally today got a photograph of me and my kids that I like. It has been a long time coming. I applied a filter to this, I have been playing around with Nik filters that Google recently started giving away for free. I find that Chocolate especially looks so much better with this filter Detail Extractor applied. Of course this calls into question . . .
Finally my feet are in the right proportion to my head.
Great photo of my Nina Blanca.
September 9, 2016
It has been so long since I have been here that they have changed the look of the blogger software. I think I can work through it though.
Our official Fall 2016 Family Portrait.
Finn just insists on being a bit off
Our good buddy and fellow Norm's Island aficionado, and Mr Ever Ready, Michael E Garcia. He has been getting me and my gang out to Norms at least weekly since mid-August. Now that things are cooling off and the bugs are gone we are trying to work up to being out, oh, let's say 4 times a week. Never set your goals so high you cannot reach them, is that not what they say?
The current program for us, led my Mr. Ever Ready, is to Meander Norm's, looking for any visually interesting diversions.
Pelicans & Herons are coming.
April 5, 2016
I was sick for most of March. I had a cold and the flu both at the same time. While neither alone was very severe, together they sure took it out of me. I was very weak and tired for almost a month. I am back up and about now, and gaining strength.
I would like to get back to posting on this blog on a daily, or at least weekly schedule. We will see.
I would like to get back to posting on this blog on a daily, or at least weekly schedule. We will see.
January 20, 2016
December 25, 2015
December 20, 2015
This is Kiva. I looked at my blog yesterday and realized that I have not posted a photo of any dogs except mine for quite a long time. So, I looked about and found this pretty good photograph of our friend Kiva. I did not want to venture too far from my usual theme of white dog, so this worked perfectly. With only minor differences, Kiva and Blanca are duplicates. I love it.
December 14, 2015
Another picture of my best friends. I admit, I am in a rut, but I love it and them. They all do this so well. This much snow fell in about 15 minutes. We walked one lab, totally dry, then about half way through the second lab it started coming down. It was beautiful. Not too cold.
November 29, 2015
It has been a really long time since we have tried this. I am using my new (newer) Olympus OM-D 10, which I have never tried doing this with before. It does not have the focus speed that my usual Nikons have, but then, nor do I. I made some mistakes, next time I will try to fix them. The camera has a quadzillion settings, so getting them all set right is one big issue.
This one came out pretty good. You can see Blanca on the left. They are running around a group of bushes. The camera will not follow focus, tracking, so I have to plan to get the photo at a predesignated spot. I have done this before and can get pretty good at it, as long as I know the routine of the chase. I did most of these with the shutter too slow. Been awhile.
They come running at each other, it looks like for sure they are gonna collide, but they just slide by one another. They do not chase, but run in opposite directions. Sometimes they will do this for 15 minutes, but only in the winter.
Here comes Chocolate.
I am hesitant to post this, Blanca looks so vicious. But it is all in the game. She thinks that Choco is her chew toy. He puts up with it, to a point. He has 10 pounds on her, not that it does him much good. She has 50 pounds of attitude on him.
They had an absolute riot. They love the snow. I enjoyed myself too. I love my kids.