This week’s challenge is the color pink. It just so happens that one of our pink rhodies, Mary Belle, is blooming…
Mel’s nose is mostly black but he does have a small patch of pink inside his left right nostril. He wasn’t too happy about the camera being stuck in his face….
Happy Anniversary to the Sunday Stills Challenge! In honor of the first ever challenge, this week’s assignment is pets.
Keeping his eye out for stalking barn cats.
Enjoying some rare afternoon rays.
Posing for a quick photo. “Yeah, I know I’m cool.”
Choose a starting spot, walk 25 steps in any direction and take 3 photos. The 25 steps can be outside your home, inside your home, in your neighborhood or away from your neighborhood. Once your steps have been counted out, you must anchor one foot, you can pivot on that foot but your anchor foot may not move.
This was a great challenge, had a lot of fun with it!
Twenty five steps east of the horse barn, looking south.
50 steps south of the house:
Carrots for the house and barn (NE)
Faithful guardian (SE).
Some serious stretching required to get this one. That articulating LCD screen does come in handy, though! (South)
Confession: these were all edited to B&W…
My loyal guardian, happy to pose for me.
I was not expecting to find this lurking in at the edge of the mud puddle, with the tadpoles – I think he scared me more than I scared him. It was a pretty warm day, so maybe he was trying to cool off… or maybe frog meat was on the menu?
Almost walked into it 😉
And what would this be without an “old timey” bridge photo? This is the Oregon City bridge, over the Willamette, by the way.
See what the rest of the Sunday Stills gang is doing here!
Pot luck challenge this week, anything we want! It’s been great spring weather, too. Almost summery, but not quite there yet.
(click to enlarge) I took this panorama from Chanticleer Point looking east up the Columbia Gorge for an assignment in my digital photography class. It took a tripod, four pictures, and some help from my photo editing program to stitch them together.
The resident Redtail Hawk lazily circling overhead.
The dogs get might thirsty trudging and keeping an eye on us humans all the time!
Happy anniversary to the Sunday Stills Challenge! It’s been a year, to the day, actually, since the day that everybody first sent in their pictures. The weather was exactly like this, cold and dry and frosty in the morning. I remember taking the dogs up to play in the House Field and how excited I was about the first challenge. Hasn’t worn off yet – I still look forward to them every week.
I had so many that I decided to put them in a little gallery thing so I wouldn’t be stuck uploading them in case the power went out again like earlier this morning. Clicking on the pictures should make them bigger…
A sign of Fall is not always something you can take a photograph of, such as how suddenly your fingers are freezing in the morning when it was just 70F the day before, or the equal amounts of daylight and darkness. You can take a picture of being able to see your breath, but it’s not exactly easy to time it just right.
Fall officially started last Tuesday, but this tree was already starting to turn for the last few weeks!
Gold! The Chantrelle mushroom usually comes out in September and October, after some of the fall rains have come. This year they’re a bit early, but not a moment too soon in our opinion! They’re delicious!
Dogs posing for a quick picture. They love getting to explore when we go mushroom picking.
Some of the Chantrelles all sauteed in butter. Mmmm!
Brr! It’s freezing! Some people I know would consider forty something to be summer…
This last picture is more about the color than the actual bird and that one actually landed twenty feet from me. As you can see from the color of the cones on the fir trees in the background, the sun has a beautiful reddish tint that only seems to come when there’s smoke from a forest fire, or in fall sunrises. It’s simply beautiful. The bird is a Pileated Woodpecker (known to some as a Shaggy-headed Woodpecker.
I think this week’s Sunday Stills challenge was one of my favorites so far. All we had to do was have a sunny day and something to get a silhouette of! I got quite a few, plus a couple from the archives.
Took this in the in one of the fields left for hay. Had a gorgeous sunset that night, too. With this picture I was trying to duplicate a picture I took last July in the same field.
This is the one I took last July. It actually happened by accident. I didn’t know as much about the camera and had it on the wrong setting and got this amazing silhouette of the grass instead of the sunset.
Blue Jay on the house roof. I can’t believe he actually stayed there long enough for me to go get the camera. They’re so flighty that you usually only run to get the camera, come back, only to discover that he’s gone.
This one’s from the archives. Took this back at the end of April. He just had to come over and investigate!
In the hayfield again. Trace is just waiting patiently for me to stop clicking away so he can go back to the house.
Out for an evening ride….
And now my absolute favorite out of all my silhouette shots. The colors just come together so well.
This week’s assignment as been fun and a bit, well, challenging! It’s all in getting your subject to hold still for more than ten seconds…
Sylvester the cat.
One of our resident Siamese cats.
A calf we named Ty, after Ty Murray - the bullrider
Melvin's right eye.
This week’s challange is a little bit different than the previous ones we’ve been having. For this week, we were supposed to pick two subjects from past challanges and reshoot them, either in black and white, or edit them and change the color to black and white after they’ve been taken.
Trace posing so beautifully for the camera (I think he loves his job as a model….) This is from the pets challenge, which I believe was the very first Sunday Stills Challenge ever issued! Shot in black and white.
Shot in black and white. Do you consider your non-working horse a pet? I do, so I figured Nick would fit into the pet category.
Shot in black and white. Finally, our Siamese kitten/yearling, Gretchen.
Shot in black and white. Black cherry from last week’s macros of flowers challenge.
Pale pink/white Rhododendron. And finally, my favorite flower shot of the week! Shot in black and white.
Ed’s challenge for this week was motion, or something indicating motion. I kind of got a late start this week, since I forgot to check the Sunday Stills blog until Thursday! I think I got some good ones, though.
"Can I go for a walk?"
"This is fun!"
"Look how fast I'm running."
"Catch me if you can!"
"Did you whistle for us?"
"Here we come!!!"
Melvin is hoping for a bite or two of the mock Plum Pudding….
Yesterday, we and dogs went over to the Fourteen Acre field and repaired fence. After the big rain/wind storm the other day, quite a bit was tore down, but it didn’t take too long.
“Can I go with you guys to do fence? Please, please, please?”
The dogs had a blast; running all over the field sniffing hunting for field mice, and of course, keeping a watchful eye on us humans.
After the fence was all fixed, it was time to bring the cows up from the Down Below so that they would be near the corral, so that we could catch them easily today. They don’t know it yet, but the boys are going to be walking a little stiffly for a few days…
We got our first frost this morning… A couple days ago, we actually had a tiny bit of frost, just on a few clover leaves, but today was a real frost.
The sky looked so wierd this morning with the sun kind of hiding behind the trees and making a halo.
I’m glad that the ice on the bucket is only a thin film, and not a quarter, or half inch thick like it gets in the winter.
The grass out in front the Horse Barn.
One good thing about the frost, all the frosty barbed wire pictures!
Trace is up in the Ten Acre field watching Melvin run at mach 5 to the house. He got shocked on Nick’s electric fence. Melvin had to run to house so he could shiver and hide under the table for a few hours.
The other day, Shirely over at Ride A Good Horse gave me this award. First of all, thank you, Shirely!
The text that goes with the award: “To translate the gift from Portuguese to English, it means: “This blog invests and believes, the proximity” (meaning, that blogging makes us ‘close’ – being close through proxy)
“They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.”
I’m passing this award onto Threecollie, and Paula
**On another note, I’m goin to set aside some time tomorrow and go through and answer all the comments that I’m behind on.**
This is what it was doing yesterday morning, but now it’s bright and sunny with a few clouds lurking. Yay! The hay will finally get a chance to dry! It’s so nice to walk outside and wear a tee shirt without getting wet, or too cold!
Look at all of those swallows!! When it’s a dry day, that is their morning perch from about 8:30 to 10:00, or so. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the peak of the shop roof is about eighty feet long. I bet that there is at least one hundred twenty swallows sitting up there.
Melvin: “Is he done yet!?”
Trace: “Oooh, is that a Siamese cat over there??”
Me: “Uh, no, there’s nothing over there. Come on, Trace, lets go this way, before you yank my arm off!” Contrary to what I was telling Trace, there actually was a Siamese cat hiding out in the hay field, but I managed to convince him nothing was there and just barely avoided getting my arm ripped out of its socket…
This post is dedicated to our wonderful aussies Mel and Trace.
“Did you call my name?”
Melvin ejoying the sun in his ‘hole’
“What are you doing?”
Trace keeping a watchful eye on the fence that attacked and viciously bit him awhile ago.
“Don’t I look cute?”
Mel and Trace ‘helping’ us haul a load of hay to the horse barn in March.
Looking regal. Melvin doesn’t like the camera and looks away if you stand close to him and try and get a picture. To get these rare pictures of him looking directly at you, I have to stand at least ten feet away and use that wonderful zoom our camera has.
Sleeping beauty. I came back to the house to get a fresh battery and found Trace conked out on his chain.
Having fun in the chaff.
“Now I told you a million times, quit sticking your tounge out at me!!!”
“I love gardening!”
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to step on your carrots….”
“I’m going to pace around the bed of the hay truck and squeak until you show me how to get down.”
“I love you Mom!”
“This is MY wool, go get your own!”
“Hey, that’s mine!” “No, it’s mine!”
“Can we share it?”
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and this post; I had alot of fun putting it together. The dogs wanted to help, but their paws where too big to make the keyboard work, and they thought the mouse was a field mouse because it had such a long tail.
When we stepped outside this morning, we found that Trace had ‘read’ the paper last night and left it scattered all over the yard. This is the remnants of last night’s paper reading with the guilty party looking on. (he didn’t put it in a nice little pile like it is now).
I never get tired of this shot….
Are you talking to me?
I wanna come with you guys!
Four Turkey Vultures(buzzards) you can’t see it in this shot, but a huge airliner just flew above them.
Hey, you there! Dim your brights before they blind somebody!
I love a good sunset!