Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree


My carefree Chickasha Chiron  born 5/12/06 out of Leavin My Mark and Chickasha Candy

This photo was taken May, 27, 2011.  I was called by a woman who lived in the same community as me to come and do a photo shoot for her 5 year old buckskin gelding.  We took Chiron and his mother Candy to a beautiful lush pasture which needed to be eaten down.  Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot Two Ways

June 2013 sm_-3This shot was taken inside of a small log barn with the horse looking out towards the natural light.June 2013 sm_-4Here is the same shot with the background blacked out.   Does the original background with light coming through small slats in the log barn and the horse looking out to the light improve the photo in composition or distract from the horse portrait?

Out of the Archives: Cute and Cuter

I love my grown up Sasha….the baby of the Sundogs.  But now since we’ve decided 5 dogs are ENOUGH dogs I get a little sentimental about the puppy years.  So I have to share what I’m talking about. DSC_0414Around 8 weeks old.  She’s a retriever through and through._MG_0387How about that confirmation.  I mean body._MG_0415In the mornings sitting on the front stairs looking for crawling things was a favorite activity….and still is._MG_1072Learning how to swim at a young age is required at Sundog Ranch.  Sasha is around 10 weeks here.  She started her swimming career in the puppy pen._MG_0965It can get a little intimidating competing with the big Sundogs._MG_0807So drying off and watching is good._MG_0643 Summers are hot at Sundog so staying near the water is imperative._MG_0633“In fact if sitting in water does not cool you down fast enough lie down in it.”_MG_0294In case you wondered Sasha is allowed in the house._MG_0395Even on the couch

  Now do you see what I mean about missing puppy time?

Adios Amigo’s

Mountain Dogs: “The Precious”


This is actually “Part Two” of Mountain Dogs: At It Again   But I had to name this post  “The Precious”.   Because anybody that has a retriever or any dog that likes to retrieve you know what I mean.

When we go to Tahoe the Sundogs become “Mountain Dogs”   Close by the condo cabin we have the Truckee River or “The Lake”  We did not take “The Precious” to the river because it may end up downstream if somebody does not do their job to recover it.  And we don’t want to litter the river beds with “The Precious”

So today we take “The Precious” to the lake._MG_0251But first we started out by having Rockin’ Roy get the dogs focused on “The Precious” on the lawn.   Notice who are the best students.  Lassen the noncompetitive one has other things to investigate._MG_0239Sasha’s focus is unbeatable._MG_0206At two years old she’s in her prime.  Sorry Yolo.

_MG_0318After the warm up it’s time to head down to the pier.  As you can see someone got a little too warmed up and is already cooling off at the shore.   Normally at the condo cabin we have to have the mountain dogs leashed up in the common areas and the pier.  But since it is off season and no one is around the COAST IS CLEAR!_MG_0324We HAVE to make sure we bring plenty of bags (for you know what) and the leashes out on the big long pier.  Because sometimes guests come walking out and want more peace and solitude than the Mountain Dogs are willing to offer. _MG_0340 Human rules don’t apply to the Mountain Dogs._MG_0360Even though Sasha’s in top form these days Yolo will not give up on owning the “The Precious”.    Lassen on the other hand has other things to investigate._MG_0373You see,  Yolo is addicted to “The Precious”.   His addiction gets a little annoying at times and we have to put “The Precious away”.  Right now Roy is trying to teach Yolo a little patience._MG_0368Yolo tries to maintain his cool._MG_0376“Will you PLEASE throw that thing for me!”_MG_0380“Finally he is lifting his arm a little”._MG_0400“I thought it would never happen.   And look….. all five Mountain Dogs are competing with me now.  Darn”_MG_0401Their off!_MG_0389Miss perfect beats Yolo again by two body lengths at least. _MG_0427Watch out for Sasha.  MONSTER MOUTH._MG_0429ESCAPE ROUTE PLEASE!!_MG_0395Amazingly Sasha makes it back to Rocking Roy with “The Precious”.    _MG_0521Did you ever wonder if “The Precious”  ever goes over the edge?  Well it does.  As you can see Yolo still has his eye on “The Precious” but I have to be truthful and admit, it took quite sometime for him to put two and two together and figure out how to get to it._MG_0080 (1)He finally figured to go over to and then down the stairs that lead into the human swimming section which is where “The Precious” fell.   He looked and looked at the water and at me.  “Where is The Precious?”_MG_0507Sasha was looking for “The Precious” too._MG_0546Finally they both were on track and getting near “The Precious”._MG_0550When suddenly Sasha gave up and turned back.  I think she just wanted to give her big brother a chance.  But in reality Yolo is “still the man” He kept his eye on the ball (I mean “The Precious”) and did not give up for anything.  I guess his “Precious” addiction is good thing…….sometimes._MG_0565Sasha not being quite as addicted the “The Precious”  said “I gotta get back to dry land”._MG_0484 While Lassen is off investigating again.  Not giving a hoot about “The Precious”

Until next post.

Adios Amigo’s!

Weekly Photo Challenge : Color


GOLD, a complimentary color.  Well not really.  According to the color wheel blue and orange are complimentary colors, along with purple/yellow,  green/red. 

But GOLD is a color that looks good next to just about any other color.  In my mind GOLD looks best next to blue (kinda like blue and orange)   And in my GOLDEN world blue seems to always share the scene with the color white.  I know, white is not really a color but for the purposes of this “assignment” I will treat it like a color.


This is my all time favorite and award winning photo titled “Water Dog”   Miss Maisie Rose is one of my five GOLDEN’S who looks good in blue and white.  No she is not a yellow lab.  She is a GOLDEN retriever.


Here is a photo I took a zillion years ago of my original five.  This pier and the water that surrounds it is our GOLDEN’S favorite place in the world.


Sasha’s White Magic on the same pier a zillion years later.  She was not part of the original five but we love her all the same.  She  looks pretty good in blue and white don’t you think?


I’m on a roll here with pier photo’s.  Cool grey with the GOLD and powdery blue and white make this shot one of my favorites.


Lassen and Yolo, my two GOLDEN boys, looking angelic in white with a smidgen of baby blue.


A brand new GOLDEN looking good against blue.


Another baby GOLDEN looking cute next to blue.   He is plotting his next move.


Green is part blue.  Green is probably my next favorite color next to GOLD.  Here is Yolo after one of his many trips to the vet.  See the fashionable aqua green vet wrap on his right leg.  That was where he had IV fluid infused. This dog has survived just about everything (knock on wood).  Three rattlesnake bites over the years and this time we think salmon or trout poisoning.  Yolo helps keep the local vets around here in business.


This was our Christmas photo one year minus the photo shopped red bows over their pretty little heads.  GOLDEN’S always look good in green vehicles.


Aqua Green!  The freezing cold water my GOLDEN has no problem jumping into.


The power of the purple monkey.  Purple is part blue too.  Purple looks super special next to GOLD.


Purple, yellow and GOLD.  Life does not get much better than this.


Purple and GOLD treasure basket.  Life is good.


Purple looks good with red but only if buffered with GOLD.


Red and GOLD….or you could call this red and white.  Our team colors.


Red and white Santa only comes out one month out of the year.  Even though he is red and white, in the mouth of a GOLDEN he is GOLD.


GOLDEN’S look good next to neutral colors too since they are shades of GOLD and cream.   This rusty brown rock blends perfectly next to our creamy girl with the coal black eyes.


Kelsey and Madison my first two GOLDEN’S form a heart.   GOLD hearts contrasted against the brown concrete floor.  RIP  girls.  You are still pieces of my heart.


GOLDEN’S even look good next to GOLD.  These babies are pieces of my heart too.


Eyes wide shut in the GOLDEN season._MG_0380

GOLDEN tails in the GOLDEN season._MG_0443And last of all……...GOLDEN’S look good against multicolored patterns too.  Especially on the couch.

Adios Amigo’s!

ONE MORE THING!  A note to my loyal followers.  I am now following “The Daily Post”  The Daily Post is a blog that helps you be a better blogger and presents a “Weekly Photo Challenge”.   A kind of photography assignment if you will.  This is my first “Weekly Photo Challenge”  Hope you enjoyed.