Good bye 2015. The year flew by. Took lots of pictures. Traveled. Taught. Watched the sun set into ocean. Made new friends. Traveled with the HeARTs Speak team and brought the Perfect Exposure Project to animal shelters in Missouri, Arizona, California and Florida. Joined the Vegan-hood.
Girls have a very special relationship with their dogs. Our dogs are our therapists, sidekicks, napping buddies, walking partners, fellow couch potatoes, co-pilots through life … they are HOME. I am grateful for my all my furry friends and family. They make my heart sing every day. Below are some photos I took of girls and their dogs. Lots of love was flowing when I took these photos. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.
An estimated 3-4 million animals are euthanized in US shelters each year – that’s nearly 10,000 animals killed every day. They were unwanted, abandoned, surrendered, unclaimed, lost, forgotten and never made it out of the shelter. That is the heartbreaking reality.
Animal rescue organizations all over the world are working hard to save homeless animals in their communities and reduce that number down to zero. Everyone involved in animal rescue dreams of the day when adoptable animals are no longer euthanized. It will be a glorious day!
Junkyards are treasure troves for photographers. Last month, I visited one of my favorite junkyards, the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome, AZ. It’s a haven of old cars, trucks, mining equipment, machinery, tools, and everything in between – rust never looked so beautiful! And yes Pedro Gonzales, the resident burro, still greets visitors as do the many free roaming chickens and roosters. A few goats round out the menagerie. And of course, there would be no Gold King Mine without Don Robertson, the owner and curator of this magnificent gem.
I’ve been absent from my blog for several months. Had the best intentions to keep it current but that didn’t happen. I struggle with words – it takes me forever to write a few paragraphs. So, from now on I will keep the words to a minimum and let my photographs do the talking. In a nutshell, it’s been a busy year with rescue shoots, teaching, HeARTs Speak work, client sessions, fine art projects and a few commercial jobs. I am very thankful for my camera, animals, family and friends.
Seeking out and photographing repeating patterns is a great way to exercise your eye so to speak. It forces you to slow down and really observe your surroundings. It’s amazing what you will find and see when you slow down. Botanical gardens are treasure troves of repeating patterns and one of my favorite places to take photographs with my 70-200mm lens.