This is the house that my neighbor Scooter built for two young squirrels who had a rough start at life. About a month ago these two guys fell, one in the grass and the other four stories from the roof to the concrete drive. Mrs. Scooter immediately rescued them and her friend was able to nurse them back to health. They now live in the little squirrel house but have also taken residency high up in a tree to avoid the neighborhood cats who come running when Mrs. S. calls the squirrels for their milk. It also seems that the raccoons have discovered the comfort of this shelter with it’s purple towel provided for warmth.
It always does my heart good to be asked back into people’s lives to photograph their growing family. I first met Lindsay and Clay when they were married. Last year I went to their house to photograph them with their first baby, Yoko, a sweet little black and cream shih tzu bundle of furry goodness. They wanted some photos for the wall and a cool Christmas card to send to family and friends. So this year a little human has come along. He is just a little over a month old in these photos and is just the cutest little guy. He has a big name but his mom and dad call him Mister.
love his crooked yawn
Best friends and contemplating "how can I get that doggy back over here?"
A little break from shooting.
I love this as a casual family portrait.
relaxing on the chair
Cuddling with dad.
Snuggling with mom.
on the porch
Had to include this image of Lindsay. She just looks so pretty and happy!!
Last week I took a trip to the Nashville Zoo. It had really been too long, two months since I had seen the little baby clouded leopards. They have gotten so big and the girl has already left for her new home at the National Zoo in Washington DC. She is going there to get acquainted with the baby clouded leopard cubs born this year as possible mates. So it is just Luke and Chet. I wonder if they miss their sister? Here are some photos of the cubs along with some of my other friends who were out enjoying the warm, autumn air one afternoon last week. Another interesting thing while I was at the zoo this particular afternoon: I witnessed three separate scuffles. Two meerkats were at it, two lorikeets were at it and two of the gibbons were at it.
My newest additions to the back yard sanctuary. These guys first showed up about a month ago. See their first pictures here. They just hang out in the garden most of the time. Occasionally I try to get them to leave because I fear Luna, my older fat cat will get them: they are just her speed. I shot this last week after I shooed them up off the ground. They made their way to the garage roof under the crape myrtle where they can rest and still have watch over the garden.
Juvenile Mourning Doves on the apex of the garage roof, napping.
June 30th of this year this little guy entered our lives here in the village. He was a stray following some walkers. He made his way into my neighbors yard. Jeannie and Eric totally fell in love with him. Who wouldn’t? Right now he is about 12 weeks old with teeth as sharp as a needle. The vet says he is a lab/daschund mix. You should feel the pads of his paws… they feel like leather. He is my new muse. Enjoy watching this puppy grow!
The other day I was looking through some personal projects and came upon these sweet photos of Leon and his siblings. The little calico looks just like their mom, Mudpie and the black and white kitty looks just like the male cat I saw, I mean heard, howling in the wee hours of the morning in late winter of 2004. Leon and his brother and sister were born on May 15th. In these photos they are about 6 weeks old.
Yesterday morning I was so happy to see a baby morning dove in my backyard. He was sitting on my fence and I first noticed him as I was investigating a spider web. Then I realized there was another one on the ground, hiding among the pine straw. It seems this guy was not a very confident flyer. He could get on the fence but was a little afraid. Once they were on the fence I was able to get some beautiful portraits of these sweet (in my mind anyway, a couple times I thought the brave one was going to fly right at my camera) birds. This morning the brave one came back and perched on the apex of my garage roof watching me water the garden. I think they are nesting in my neighbors maple tree.
Here they are together by the back gate.
I love this image.
My absolute favorite image from the session.
I was talking to him... notice how he looks like he's listening.
grooming... I love their yellow underbelly.
Stretching out his wing.
So pretty... I think I kinda fell in love with them. I guess because they let me get so close to them.
Animal images from my trip to Sulligent Alabama: a small southern town in the middle of nowhere near the Mississippi border. I went with my friend Cindy, who is also my neighbor who made her way to Tennessee from Los Angeles. This is where she was born and raised. I am always curious about small town life.
I was excited to photograph the family horses and the two new babies. I was also blessed to photograph some hens, a couple of bunnies, a sweet little dog, a sweet little human baby and two really mean roosters!
A hen and her chicks.
The hen coup: laying eggs.
The nice rooster ala some vintage processing.
So many hens.
The colts. Harley is the lighter one, Bella the other. Very cute.
These girls like to be together... well, Bella likes to be with Harley.
Taco, the wonder dog.
Molly, Harley's mom was so sleepy Sunday morning.
This bunny was so excited.
This reminds me of the book cover to Watership Downs.
Such exciting things happening at the marina down the road! Last week while I was there photographing the gosling family I saw Long Hollow Gardens planting trees. On Monday morning a bunch of us from the neighborhood went down to the grill and had breakfast… on the new deck … overlooking the lake. Sweet!! Angela, one of the owners, was telling us of the coffee shop that will be going in and the new restaurant. Black Jack Cove is looking great. Can’t wait for the completion!!!
Last Thursday I went down to the marina to photograph the baby geese. These guys are so cute. They already have goose attitude and I drove by yesterday and they appear to be twice the size as they are in these photographs.