Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Toby v5.0

It's not every day that a pup turns 5 years old. Toby partied hardy today and is going to sleep well tonight! His daily activities were, in this order:
  1. Peeing
  2. Pooping
  3. Eating
  4. Sleeping
  5. Walking along Starbird Corner (they made it about 1/2 the way due to it being so hot outside.)
  6. Peeing multiple times and pooping multiple times down Starbird Corner Rd.
  7. Sleeping
  8. Snack (1/2 of a carrot)
  9. Sunning himself on front deck
  10. Snack (1/2 can of French cut green beans, salt-free)
  11. Snack (slice of a banana)
  12. Sleeping
  13. Brief play with Lady Flame (her present to him was to engage him in play, which, by the way, rarely ever happens;-)
  14. Dinner
  15. Sleeping
  16. Peeing
  17. Sleeping through the night in his jammies

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Toby's GQ Photo on the Androscoggin River Bank

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Toby said that it wasn't fair that Lady Flame should have all the glamour! So, back to the river we went for another quick photoshoot. Toby went leash-free this time. Drew was nearby in case Toby started to walk forward.

We have decided that we'll have to do this in the mid-morning next year to get optimum light. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lady Flame on the Androscoggin River

Lady Flame on the bank of the Androscoggin River
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Papermill Trail Walk to capture autumn colors

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We took another walk down Papermill Trail to try and capture some stunning autumn colors. There was the threat of rainfall, so our walk was cut short. And, the dark sky, along with the lateness of the day, made it difficult to capture nice, clean shots. I had hoped to get photos worthy of a calendar, but was not very successful. The photos are incredibly grainy as I had to shoot at a minimum of ISO 500, and then had to pump the ISO up to 1000.
The pups did sort of pose on the rock for me. Lady Flame has learned to avert her head while I photograph her (thanks to Bettina, for teaching Flame this trick to frustrate any well meaning photographer;-) 
Drew took the pups to the edge of water. What a beautiful backdrop!
Toby is incredibly photogenic. He is our star model for autumn.
See what I mean about Lady Flame avoiding the camera? She is such a spoil sport. Getting long schnoz shots is always fun! At least Toby can't see me, so he cooperates just fine, thank you very much;-)
But, Drew did catch Flame unaware for a microsecond!
Why the long face, Toby? Is it time to go home? Our biggie boy is so expressive.
Back home we go! We ended up getting a bit damp on the way back, but had a great time. The dogs were so pooped after having been on two walks today;-)

Starbird Trail Walk

Drew and the pups went for a nice, long walk on Starbird Trail this morning. Due to the cloudiness of the day, the autumn colors were very rich.
And, the pups were really into walking. The leaves were falling, the trail was relatively dry, and the air was cool and damp.
The trail wound around under thick and thin canopies of a wide variety of trees, which lead to an air of mystery as to what stunning scenes would appear over the next hill or turn.
Lady Flame posed amidst the brilliant colors of the understory.
Someone did a bit of rough rock balancing on a stone wall the lined the trail. It's not pretty, but it did add a bit of interesting texture to the wall.
They passed some rather sluggish bumblebees who were congregated on several flower stems. Drew said that Toby's leash brushed across the stems, and the bees were not disturbed in the least.
The trail lead on and they all enjoyed over an hour's worth of walking and sniffing until it was time to drive home.
And, the roadway was as colorful as the forest, with rich yellows and reds as far as the eye could see.
This season is way too fleeting, and it's too bad that our fur kids don't appreciate the views as much as we do.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Papermill Trail

The trail is beginning to get colorful!
Wowee, it is one cool and blustery day outside (the temp. is in the mid-50s with a 14 mph wind.) We decided to celebrate Columbus Day by going for a walk along the Papermill Trail. There were lots of other like-minded people out there with us, and the trail was one busy place;-)
We were pleased to see some nice color along the trail.
The riverbank has a ways to go before peak color occurs, but there were some patches of brilliance. I peaked over this boulder to see some colorful trees across the Androscoggin River.
It was certainly a challenge photographing Drew and the hounds, due to the harshness of the light and uneven shady spots all along the trail. 
Purty Lady Flame
But, at least it was colorful. We'll try again later in the week and hope for a cloudy day with more even lighting;-)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Popham Beach Group Photo

Left to right:
Sheila and Skyy, Veronica with Bettina and Dennis, Kristin with Herschel,
Drena with Honor?, Carol with Love and Melissa, Drew with Lady Flame,
Kent with Stari, and Jeremy with Freedom and Valor
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Photo by Bille Axell, Axell Photography.