This week's pet photography theme is 'water' - as a family that has done boating, hiking to waterfalls and just hanging out in nature - our dogs have had opportunities to be around water for most of their lives. We live about 2 blocks from the river that winds through a good portion of our county - so the dogs see the river daily. Here's Rue, my worse model of the pack sitting by the river - I am sure this was hard for her to just 'sit' and stay put! For this photograph, the water I made a little bluer (we don't have blue water in our river - it's dark and brown/gray color) and then I used Topaz Impression to create a painterly effect.
A few other photographs from the past showing our dogs and 'water'. Jimbo hanging out on the front of our bow rider boat while we idle around. This always make me nervous - but for a quick photo I let him be up front by himself.
Here's Abby at the dog park at Ft. DeSoto Park in Pinellas County, Florida. She is my only true 'water dog' - loves to play in the water - none of the others do.
This next photograph will always have special memories - we went to the mountains in North Carolina and rented a cabin in the area of Cashiers, North Carolina. This particular day we traveled to Gorges State Park in Sapphire, North Carolina. We decided to hike the Rainbow Falls Trail which is 1.5 miles one way and this hike was listed as "strenuous hike". That being said, this was when we were all several years younger so we decided to go because the view at the end made it worth it! Jimbo never did like thunder. The clouds were building, rain was coming - it was just a matter of time. We hiked all the way to the waterfall and took quite a few photographs. Then it happened, a loud thunder and Jimbo was at full attention. No longer happy to be at the waterfall - Jimbo was ready to leave. I can honestly say, that I have NEVER traveled 1.5 miles scrambling along a trail so fast but Jimbo had a mission (get out of the bad weather). Jimbo and I didn't get wet on this trail getting back to the truck but I was dripping sweat like I had been soaked. When it finally stopped raining, we ventured back out and found Jim just finishing the trail (he enjoyed the walk back). Not every photograph has this kind of story, but many do have stories behind them. I suppose part of Jimbo's dislike for bad weather is because he spent the first several years of his life primarily outside with the elements and learned to 'take cover'.
Just in case you are interested in seeing a photograph of the waterfall (which faces mostly south).
That's it for this week's pet photography blog. For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Angela of Noses & Toes Pet Photography in Spokane, WA, hitting Spokane River for a dog photo session.
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