Thursday, March 29, 2012


I went out and couldn't resist trying my macro lens again on the flowers of this tree.

My last post of dogs in the snow is quite a discordance when I look out the window at all the grass reaching toward my knees. Somehow, spring happened overnight, and the forsythias bloomed between a Saturday and a Sunday. The trees are flowering, and the old pear near the chicken coops has been shedding its tiny round petals so it looks like it the area has been painted with polka dots.

My goal was to get a decent picture of Jubilee, though, so I asked her to lie down in front of the yellow mass of forsythias.

Lying down, I said, Jubilee!
Jubilee lying in front of the forsythias, ball by her front legs, looking at the camera


After Jubilee got tired of posing for me (about 45 seconds....), Nike came and posed for me, right where I had asked Jubilee to set up. So, I obediently took pictures of the grand dame....

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Surprise Snow Doggies! Part 2

Oda, Xita, Lynx
The Yin-Yang of Snow Doggies - Oda & Xita
Yin-Yang, Version 2

Gargling with snow


Life is good.

Surprise Snow Doggies!

I woke up this morning, brushed my teeth, put some clothes on, walked around the corner, glanced out the kitchen window, and HOLY SHIT THAT'S SNOW.

"Eat snow, sis!"
I'll bite you! Take that Coal!
"Yarrr, I bite your throat!"
Nemi wonders, "What's this stuff? My toes are cold!"

"Come'on kid, I'll show you!" says Hunter...

I'm happy... don't I look happy?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spring Heat (lamps)

It's gone from quiet around here to a lava pit of brewing hormones. Jubilee and Macha came in heat on Wednesday. And Hunter came in heat today. Xita and Oda will follow at some point in the next few weeks. I've got the girls in heat separated from Xita--I really would like her to please wait another month. For anyone who has been talking to me about reserving a pup from Jubilee, Hunter, or Xita, now is when I'm ready to start accepting deposits. :)

Also, I picked up a box of "hot mail-order chicks" from the post office yesterday morning--so they're out in the kennel building under 2 heat lamps--trying to keep the temperature around 95 degrees for them. So, I took my camera out to get some pictures and I played around with the macro-lens a bit. I couldn't resist spending a few minutes staring into Xita's chocolatey eyes with the macro-lens.

California White chick (macro lens)

A friend and I went in together to get some broiler chicks to raise for our own, home-grown, (somewhat) free-range chicken landfish.

Madagascar Game chick (macro lens)

My friend likes odd chickens and was unable to resist ordering a couple of Madagascar Game Chickens....

Madagascar Game chick (regular lens)
She also wanted some bantam Black Sumatras -- they are adorable and beautiful as chicks--and lovely as adults. 
Black Sumatra chick (regular lens)
 For myself, I got some white egg layers (3 California Whites and 3 Buff Leghorns) and 5 Ameracuanas--which should lay blue or green eggs. They will join my (mostly) free-range flock of mostly Black Copper Marans (who lay lovely dark-brown eggs).