Category Archives: animals

Leapin’ Lizards (er, Dogs)!

Yes, Solar IS upside down!

Yes, Solar IS upside down!

It may not be a dog-eat-dog world, but it’s definitely been a dogs-dogs-dogs week on this blog.

When I returned to the Paws in the Park event in Pearland last Sunday, I was in for a treat: I got to enjoy (and, of course, shoot) the Ashley Whippet Invitational’s freestyle competition, which I had never seen before.

Solar leaps over Andrew.

Solar leaps over Andrew.

Freestyle involves the handlers and dogs performing judged, short routines choreographed to music. The pups jump over their human pals . . .

Psych balances on Pennie.

Psych balances on Pennie.

. . . on them . . .

Kirby is a springboard for Torch.

Kirby is a springboard for Torch.

. . . and off them!

Top dog!

Top dog!

It results in lots of energy and what looks like fun for both canines and their companions. It definitely was a blast to watch!

Psych eyes the disc while on Pennie.

Psych eyes the disc while on Pennie.

Naturally, there was plenty of disc tossing and catching.

Got it!

Got it!

Wide receivers and tight ends ain’t got nothing on these critters!

Solar zooms past Andrew.

Solar zooms past Andrew.

Of course, the performances also involved abundant high-flying action.

Torch flies through the air with the greatest of ease.

Torch flies through the air with the greatest of ease.

It’s easy to see that this is a sport that can grow by leaps and bounds.

Each contest ended with the dog in the handler’s arms. A fitting conclusion!

Each contest usually ends with the dog in the handler’s arms. A fitting conclusion!

Especially leaps!

A High-Flying Good Time

I posed with Rob and his special disc.

Posing with Rob and his special disc last Saturday.

Last year I blogged about having a photo in the “Guinness Book of World Records,” my mini claim to fame.

Know where the pic also is?

Very cool!

Very cool!

On this disc! Rob McLeod, Davy Whippet’s talented thrower, had the frisbee made to commemorate the world record (check out Davy’s “pawtograph!”). Last Saturday Rob e-mailed me that he would be in nearby Pearland that day and the next competing in a Quadruped, which features long-distance throw-and-catch events (there also were timed contests and freestyle). He wanted to get together so he could give me this gift.

I was so honored!

Naturally, I toted along my Nikon D610 and Nikon 70-200mm lens in anticipation of some good action photo ops.

Open wide!

Open wide!

There were plenty!

Bones, Rob’s other pup, lays out for the catch.

Bones, Rob’s other pup, is on his way back to the ground.

As with all good sports shots, the key is timing. However, there were several unknowns to consider:

Got it!

Got it!

Where are the disc and the dog going? Will the throw be good? Will the catch be made?

Got a bead on the disc

The disc is within reach.

All of which made it hard to keep the canine and frisbee in focus. What a challenge!

Caught!

Caught!

Fortunately, I had enough keepers to make it a worthwhile, fun shooting experience.

Davy makes the catch look easy.

Davy makes the catch look easy.

Plus I got to see Davy again. He’s an amazing athlete—so fast and so good at catching the disc. It helps that he and Rob are really in sync.

I’ll always remember this high-flying team whenever I look at my frisbee. Thanks again, Rob!

One-Word Wednesday

This mediterranean house gecko is a freeloader on our clothes hamper.

This Mediterranean house gecko on our clothes hamper is a freeloader.

Gecko!

I named him Petey. Hope he either starts paying rent or leaves!

I named him Petey. Hope he either starts paying rent or leaves!

One-Word Wednesday

A grumpy squirrel on our roof refused to back down.

A grumpy squirrel on our roof refused to back down.

Stare!

One-Word Wednesday

These black vultures blocked my path Saturday morning; they creep me out!

These black vultures blocked my path Saturday morning; they creep me out!

Buzz-off!

Diving Dining

A tern soars above the water.

A tern soars above the water.

The lake that’s next to the path I run on in our neighboring master-planned community is actually a restaurant. Need proof?

This is the spot!

This is the spot!

Last week dozens of Forster’s Terns were above, on, and briefly in the water. One of them was kind enough to descend while I had my Nikon D700 focused on him.

Looks like a tasty snack.

Looks like a tasty snack.

The amount of time it takes for these birds to dive in and come up with the bug of their choice? Mere seconds.

Bye bye, birdie!

Bye bye, birdie!

Talk about your avian fast food!

 

Musical Musings

An egret sits quietly on a railing as I approached during yesterday’s run.

An egret sits quietly on a railing as I approached during yesterday’s chilly run.

Bye bye . . .

Guess I got too close for comfort.

Guess I got too close for comfort.

. . . birdie!