Quote 21 Aug
Her attention was on the countryside. Having lived among hills, she had expected to be repelled by flatland; she had not reckoned on such enormous skies, nor the significance they gave to a lonely tree, the crook of a rare chimney, a single church tower, outlined against them. The multiplicity of greenness suggested unknown herbs to be discovered, the strip fields made chessboards of emerald and black.
— Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin
Photo 20 Aug Mid-morning nap follows shortly after morning nap.

Mid-morning nap follows shortly after morning nap.

Photo 18 Aug
Photo 15 Aug Theeeeese two.

Theeeeese two.

Photo 15 Aug I’ve been trying to be more frugal since I lost my job. But I’m also trying to landscape the whole front of the house. Fortunately, Lowe’s has a lot of plants on clearance during this time of year. This hydrangea was half price! It had a bunch of brown leaves when I bought it, but I just cut those off and planted it and it’s been blooming constantly ever since!

I’ve been trying to be more frugal since I lost my job. But I’m also trying to landscape the whole front of the house. Fortunately, Lowe’s has a lot of plants on clearance during this time of year. This hydrangea was half price! It had a bunch of brown leaves when I bought it, but I just cut those off and planted it and it’s been blooming constantly ever since!

Photo 15 Aug The guy doing our tasting used to work at All Things Pawssible. He remembered our dogs and recalled how sad he was when he found out about Titus.  (at Delfosse Vineyard and Winery)

The guy doing our tasting used to work at All Things Pawssible. He remembered our dogs and recalled how sad he was when he found out about Titus.  (at Delfosse Vineyard and Winery)

Photo 14 Aug Had to crack a magnum in preparation. Top us off, love?

Had to crack a magnum in preparation. Top us off, love?

Photo 14 Aug It’s helpful to drape yourself in dogs on chilly mornings.

It’s helpful to drape yourself in dogs on chilly mornings.

Video 13 Aug

dogjournal:

PHOTOGRAPHER STARTS NEW SERIES FEATURING PIT BULLS - For this series, I imagined them like hippies, fighting the system and the image they are given with the power of love and the softness of flowers.”

Photographer Sophie Gamand has started a new series called “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution.” The dogs in the series are from Animal Haven, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and Second Chance Rescue, all based out of New York. Gamand is photographing the dogs in a different light to counter the often harsh way in which they are portrayed. Here’s her description:

"Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution" is a series dedicated to the dogs grouped under the name of pit bulls (the pit bull breed actually does not exist). I wished to portray this misunderstood group in a different light.

This project started as an excuse for me to discover more about pit bulls. Like many people, I admittedly had prejudices against them. But as an active volunteer with many rescue groups, I often came in contact with pit bulls and was slowly warming up to their sweet nature. I decided to confront my apprehensions and explore their soft side in a visual way.

I realized pit bulls were always portrayed in very urban, gritty photographs. The imagery associated with these dogs is often harsh, very contrasted, conveying the idea of them being tough. In my opinion, this feeds the myth that these dogs are dormant psychopaths. So I decided to take the other route and portray them like hippies, soft fairy-tale-inspired characters, feminine and dreamy. The idea of Flower Power blossomed.

Prints are available through Gamand’s website. Click here for more information from Sophie Gamand. (Photos from the Sophie Gamand Photography website)

That one on the bottom left sure looks like my baby girl. I wonder if she likes to lounge on piles of pillows, too.

Photo 12 Aug Fine job tonight, Sand Snakes! (at University of Virginia)

Fine job tonight, Sand Snakes! (at University of Virginia)


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