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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

ImageOn the right is me looking very young at age 24.  The cute one on the left is my first born son Justin.   He is still cute and will be 32 years old next month.  Do I look in love or proud?  Or both?  I am still proud of my son Justin and in love….well you know what I mean.Image

Fast forward about 20 years.  Here we are again.  Still very much in love….well you know what I mean.ImageFast forward another 10 years.  A very proud mom and we are still very much in love……well you know what I mean.

Black and White Sunday

I have decided to start what I call EASY blogging every other day or so.  Wish I could be more specific.  It’s just that  blogging can be time consuming.  At least for me it is.  I have so many stories to tell and SO MANY photo’s to choose from.  On top of that I am a SLOW writer or blogger or what ever you want to call me.   In this day and age you need to make a quick easy connection with who ever it out there almost everyday.  Otherwise you are forgotten.  Sad reality huh?

  So far I’m doing Weekly Photo Challenge, Wordless Wednesday and now I’m joining Black and White Sunday.  I think that will be it.   Longer quirky posts about Sundog Ranch and our travels will fill the gaps…….hopefully.   Here goes my first post for B&W Sunday.

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“Pretty by the Pool”

As usual Yolo is front and center.  Maisie and Mr Lassen in the background.   If you know anything about the Sundogs you will know Yolo likes to be front and center in almost every photograph he is in.  Seriously,  I DO NOT  plan it this way.   Immediately when we start posing he gets right in there in front.  I’m convinced he knows what he is doing.  I think he wants to be seen and to be famous some day.  We’ll keep trying Holy Moly Man.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

A stallion meets a mare.

This is the first photo that came to my mind when I thought of the word CURVES.

Titled   “Synergy”     Original Photo In color

A stunning Saddlebred stallion “Lange’s Cheyenne Gold” owned by Eitan Beth-Halachmy meets a Morgan mare,  defusing his pent-up desire….somewhat.

“Synergy”    Turned into Fine Art

Synergy

And finally here is yours truly posing with the infamous Eitan Beth-Halachmy, founder of “Cowboy Dressage”  in my fine art booth at the Light Hands Horsemanship Clinic in Santa Ynez, California two weeks ago.  Original photo taken in May 2011 in Grass Valley California.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

My Marine0

“My Marine”  Photo taken July 2006 in the Boston Harbor.  This is my son Justin on a family vacation with us 4 years into a 5 year commitment with the Marines.  By this time he had been deployed to Iraq twice so we were sure happy to be enjoying his company.  Justin was in the air wing of the Marines.  He was in squadron VMA 311, the “Tomcats”  he was honorably discharged in 2007.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

Rancho2013_ copyThis weeks Photo challenge is PATTERNS.  Can you see this amazingly natural MOVING pattern?  They are mother and daughter Friesians running freely at Book Family Farm in Durham, Ca.  The photo was taken at my photography workshop last month.   They are at the farm being trained to drive by Nattie Book.   Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Up0This is my entry for “From Above”   These are the toes and tools of  “The Wicked Sisters” of Amador County.  This photo was taken before their performance at the entrance to Fitzpatrick Winery in Fairplay, California in the summer of 2012.   Fairplay is a tiny town in the Sierra foothills in near Placerville.    The Wicked Sisters are known for their feisty and edgy variety of folk, pop, country and blues with sweet three part harmonies.  Bottom parts pictured here are my dear friend Lynn Vasquez, Anne Jeffries and KevinWever.  Not pictured is Ken Custodio (his feet did not make the cut).

Visit the Wicked Sisters at    http://www.wickedsistersband.com