The first time I walked Bear when I moved into my neighbor almost six years ago, I was greeted by a loud, confident beagle. For the longest time I thought she lived with my neighbor Marie because she would always be laying in her driveway or sitting on her side stoop. Turns out Marie liked to give her love and probably a little something to eat. Sometime later I was walking down Cleves Street which is one street over from mine and I saw this doggy sitting on a front porch with a man and a woman, not her official humans. You see Lady was loved by many. She could lay in the middle of the street and not be bothered. She always had a word for you and every once in a while would let you pet her. She was our Mayor… the mayor of our little block of streets that is. She will be missed greatly by many people including me. Such a sweet dog. Beth and Mitzi, I know you have an angel now watching over you! Rest in peace sweet Lady.
I am posting this photo of Bear just because I love him and think he is the sweetest, most beautiful, best dog on the earth!!!! And because soon he will be a few pounds lighter with his summer haircut. Stay tuned!
Yesterday afternoon I joined some of my fellow Old Hickory Village Community Garden peeps at Madison Creek Farms to learn a little about organic farming from Mark and Peggy. This is a really great place: an asset to our community, city, state, the world. These people TOTALLY have their heart and soul invested in growing food, good food and beautiful flowers. They also raise chickens for eggs and have recently adopted a baby goat. What a cutie!!! Anyway I encourage you to visit their website and support them by buying locally and visiting their weekend market.
Yesterday morning I stopped and talked to my neighbor. We often meet in front of her house as her little dog goes out to do her business. She has a beautiful yard and in the summer because of the position of her yard to the lake it feels 10 degrees cooler under her white pine tree. Anyway…. she has been wanting to rid herself of these climbing rose bushes on the side of the house and told me I could dig them up anytime. Well I never have and as we were discussing the pros and cons of these beautiful bushes she started to notice an aphid infestation and then I saw all these ladybugs doing their job but obviously the demand was just too great. There were thousands of this little green monsters.
I returned about 30 minutes later and discovered more interesting activity!!
Pretty study in light and shadow.
Birds do it, bees do it.... the morning, the sun!!
Breakfast in bed. The male (I am guessing as they are smaller than the females) kept shaking. Really wished I had that 5DM2 with video. Also that male is older than the female by his lack of or faded spots.
Notice the larva on the right side.
The aphids are feasting on the poor rose bush.
Uh, oh looks like we have company!!??!!
The next image is not for the faint of heart or if you are eating…. just warning you and if you have a fear of spiders…. DO NOT LOOK!!
DO NOT LOOK if you fear spiders!!!
I think that icky ole spider is sitting on an egg sack.
Another great session with baby H and his big brother A. I have been photographing these little guys since big brother was a baby and before they were born into this world: their mom and dad’s wedding day.
Recently my former neighbor, Susan brought her sweet, sweet babies to my house for a photo session. I just love their faces. Sweet Maggie always trying to make a connection with me and Will, with his face of an old soul.
Hamming it up for camera!
On my porch swing. I love how Maggie always is touching Will.
And here Will spies my cat, Leon in the window.
It was so much fun visiting with you, Susan! miss you!