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Day 144 #Project365

144-365 bruno in autumn

Ideally, for a ‘portrait’ photo like this the model should stand about a metre or two away from the photographer to make the composition works, and create a good balance of space between the model and the lovely background. Ideally.

Today’s model was somewhat  undisciplined. He flunked his first training at puppy school because he was way too playful and easily distracted. The instructors were not too happy with him (true story) so we agreed the best way was to drop out and train him ourselves. Looking back, it’d probably better if we stayed and persevered,  soldiered through the humiliation of being ‘those couple’ who couldn’t control their pup until our dog was trained properly.

This morning plan was to have him sit down facing me and stay there (while I walked away to have a bit of distance) so I can get a nice portrait photo of him with a nice background; a portrait that would be Facebook profile worthy, if you will.The execution was a total disaster. A metre or two away from me was a metre or two too far away from me according to him. He could not stand it. Remember, this school drop-out has no self-discipline, what can you expect. He was only happy when his nose was pressing (wet and coldly) on my legs, so his head was  in the perfect position for a caress. To say that he is untrained and spoiled would be an understatement.

Even as I was writing this post he was resting close to me with his head on my foot. Gotta love him! He is made for loving, not to provide security (nor guiding/hunting for game/fetching stuff). His 42 kg of love and adoration being is there for us 24/7; ready to give cuddle, licks and occasional nibbles. He is instrumental in keeping this family’s stress level low and keeping us calm in ‘challenging’ times.

For those who are interested, this photo was taken by the lake Burley-Griffin. Just park at the National Library parking lot, and from there you walk straight down towards the lake. Bruno and I were hanging out there to cool-off after our morning run. It was a brilliant autumn morning, a perfect day for a run. Just look at his grin.

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  • inthetaratory24/05/2012 - 9:38 pm

    what a gorgeous dog! he looks so friendly 🙂ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]25/05/2012 - 4:03 pm

      Thanks. He is a handsome devil. Super friendly too!ReplyCancel

  • holdlifestill36525/05/2012 - 1:22 pm

    dogs sure do complete our families, don’t they? he looks like a sweetie.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl16/06/2012 - 7:10 am

    Oh I love this one and your words about him – dogs are made for love! I think they encompass all that is love. We lost our German Shepherd a few months ago to cancer. She failed puppy school too and was a little uncontrollable on a leash but we couldn’t have asked for a more loving and playful dog for us and our 2 young children. We miss her every hour of every day.ReplyCancel

Day 139 #Project365




139-365 bald tree139-365 oval tree

Today’s post features two of my favorite trees. They are two completely different trees, as you can see above. I have posted a photo of each tree in previous months, but again, as they are my favorites,  they will be featured probably many more times than you like or care.

The bald tree I see everyday during the weekdays as it was located between my kids’ two schools. I took this photo around 9AM after the school drop-off, when the fog was still very thick and the temperature only reached 1 degree. I took the photo with my iPhone and used the internal photo app inside another app called Path for the post processing.

The other tree is the tree I fondly named ‘my’ oval tree. It’s a beautiful healthy tree that’s located at the Oval (field with athletic tracks) across the street from my house. The photo was taken around 5PM when the weather was nice with beautiful patchy clouds patterns and around 13 degrees (we reached the top of 16 degrees today, beautiful and sunny).

This was a typical autumn day in Canberra. Foggy cloudy freezing and depressing morning does not always mean an equally depressing cold day ahead. Just like the day we had today.  The warmth from the sun and a beautiful blue sky always makes up for the freezing and ‘appalling’ misty morning.

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  • […] change of colour. It still has most of its leaves, but the colour has completely changed compare to last May when I photographed it last. I wonder whether the dried up (dying) leaves ever going to leave and […]ReplyCancel