Friday, February 19, 2010

Life Outside the Agility Lane

SUMMARY: Walking, photos, funeral--

I've started a standing date [well--I guess a standing walking date] with a friend to go for a bit of a walk-hike Friday mornings to make sure I get out and move. The dogs go with us. These are for our own exercise, so we haven't been taking our nice cameras with us. Today we walked along the Los Alamitos Creek Trail--another one of our urban trails that meanders in a more-or-less natural setting alongside a creek, with houses and businesses lurking unobtrusively on either side.

It was a fantastic section of trail, and only about 5 minutes from my house. Wildflowers are starting to come out everywhere; birdhouses of various sizes are placed strategically all among the trees. We saw tons of birds of many varieties, up to a great blue heron soaring past. Talked for a bit with a photographer with his tripod set-up, poised to snap woodpecker photos, and we had a nice chat about birds and nature and all that. I am going to have to go back with my camera. In my copious spare time. Since I don't take nearly enough photos already. [Riiiiight--]

I missed my 52 weeks for dogs photo last week. Today, with help of aforementioned friend, I went into the yard with Tika and the camera specifically to get this shot:


This was about the middle shot of 30 I took from different angles while the friend baited Tika's attention with treats. I rather like this. BUT a little bit earlier, I was able to snap a whole bunch of "ready" photos of Tika while the renter baited her attention with her Jolly Ball, and I decided that it would be more likely that I could reproduce the ear photo at some later date than the nice ready pose. [Rule is that the photo must be taken & posted in the same week.]


Good thing we got in some photos and exercise today (also did some agility late this afternoon) because tomorrow I'll be gone likely all day to John Nunes' funeral. I expect to see quite a few other agility folks there, but he also has a huge extended family that I've never met, and from all accounts they're all as wonderful as he is. Was. Argh.

4 comments:

  1. Nice photos! Love the ears. I'm sorry you'll be at the funeral today. But it's important to his family that they know just how loved he was and by such a large group of people. They need to hear stories that they hadn't heard before about him. It helps.

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  2. I love the ears photo, too. Is it ok for me to steal it for my wallpaper? I'm not sure that I ever really met John Nunes -- other than, of course, seeing him at the field at trials -- but people like him make me want to be a better person, and I feel grateful that I have been able to see how those who loved him are coming together over his loss. I feel it is yet another gift he has given a total stranger: lessons on how a community can handle death with beauty and grace.

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  3. I love both photos and know what you mean about some being more reproduceable (sp?) than others. Hope you don't mind if I keep that ears shot in mind for a future week... it's just such a cool perspective. BTW, thank you so much for that really nice comment you left on my photo. [blushing]

    My condolences again about the loss of John Nunes.

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  4. Mary, sure you may, thanks for liking it!

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