The perfect spot

As the rain fell rather drearily outside, I was a little surprised when the cat went out the door – and didn’t come straight back in. Peeking out, I realised that he was making the most of our little roofed porch, lying snugly on the fleece I keep on one of the seats and watching the birds at the feeder, safe from the drizzle. I went in to fetch the camera.

As I came sneaking out low to catch this, however…

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“Hey, what are you doing down there? Hmm…”
 

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“Now, let’s see…”
 

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“Yep, much better, thanks. Perfect spot!”

Exercises for plucky dogs

This is Meja.
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Today she is going to show us some exercises we can do with a human and a very long stick.
 
First, we warm up with a little tug-o-war.
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This strengthens your jaws, neck and back wonderfully!
 
Then we do a precision exercise; lungeing your human. Make sure to keep her running in a smooth circle and at an even pace.
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This is good for balance and legs. Remember not to clench your jaw too tightly, as you may stress your human!
 
Moving on then to the high jumps, a popular exercise for most dogs!
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Excellent exercise for lower back and hind legs. Just get your human to keep the stick high enough; you want to work those muscles well!
 
And finally…
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… don’t forget to stretch!
 
Well, that’s all from Meja today. And remember: once you’re done, you can always use the stick for a good chew!
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(Thanks, of course, to Meja’s human, Maria, who assisted in these exercises…)

First kingfisher expedition!

It was a while ago now… but obviously I brought my camera along as we were out hunting for the kingfisher with the pros, and while I really didn’t get any bird shots worth mentioning, it got plenty of shots from a very nice day out!

Just click on a thumbnail to browse through the gallery.

Thanks to Stefan, Arne and Elisabet for the guiding!

Photo Art Friday – Self portrait

An interesting development from last week’s challenge…

This kind of grew out of as little conscious intent as possible – I tried to stick with feelings and hunches and not think too much about it… good excercise! 🙂

Parts

The component parts

 

I used two of my photos and one of my own textures, along with Bonnie’s pdpa Vintage Craquelure and pdpa Dropped Petals textures (though the latter was not used with the b/w version).

For the various versions I’ve simply played with layer compositions and blending modes to change the atmosphere. Kind of fits different moods, to me.

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I do love the way Bonnie’s textures lift the colours of an image – if you want them to!

Further self-portrayal can be found in the gallery at

The Fantastic Four

Well, apropos old-style imagery…

A few weeks ago, the Motown entertainment singers of the Fantastic Four appeared at an event held for the benefit of Barndiabetesfonden (The Swedish Juvenile Diabetes Foundation). The guys so deserve their name…

In honour of their image I decided to try an old-style finish on some of my favourite shots from the show. (Please do click the images for full resolution!)





 

They were absolutely brilliant! Watching them, I had the feeling that they really, really enjoy what they’re doing, and that communicates to the audience as well! The further fact that I like the music and that they are seriously good singers – voice artists – just adds to that…

Of course, they were equally good in full colour as well…


If you’re interested in the Fantastic Four – who recently won the world Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, USA – visit the founder Robert Haglund’s blog (in Swedish)!

(Oh, ok, so I’m told that the set-up at the Barndiabetesfonden event wasn’t the regular bunch… but I don’t care – they still were great!)