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The Monday Herd | Get up and Get Out

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. “

-Sir Edmund Hillary.-

Yesterday, was the first true day I’ve had off all season long.   It was glorious.

And I went hiking, with Tom, Victoria and Tech.

There is nothing like unplugging and just enjoying the non-electronic.

Have a rad Monday!

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London | Dog Photography

I thought I knew a well trained dog.

I also thought I knew the best locations in Connecticut to photograph a dog.

I was corrected twice in one day.

London is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  This was the first time I had ever come across a NSDTR and honestly, the first time I had heard of one.

Jason and Kelli pretty much schooled me in the ways of tolling as fast as they could in our session and I had no idea how much time and effort goes into training a dog to compete in national competitions.  It’s quiet the investment and with my limited knowledge of the sport, I can’t image there is a dog that would have the skill to out perform London.  If there is I don’t think I would want to meet him because honestly, my mind was blown when I saw how obedient London was.

Seriously, it was awesome.

If you have any interest in tolling or perhaps you just want to learn more about the breed you can check out The Toller, which is run by Jason.

Onto the visual stimulus. . . .

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Leanne - November 9, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Mate, these are out of this world good!!!! The B+W in the marsh – LOVE LOVE! Crazy good! Tollers are ace, aren’t they.

The Thursday Herd | Hurricane Sandy

So living in Stamford we didn’t get the full brunt of hurricane Sandy but we still got some serious flooding.

These are all from Monday afternoon.

Every Stamford bus was moved across the street from us:

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These are from Monday night, Stamford is far down the sound and are a bit more protected.

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Hurricane Sandy

Downtown Stamford, empty.

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Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy

Police were pretty diligent at keeping people away from the really hard hit areas, which is expected so we didn’t get too many aftermath images.

Everything is back to normal here, except for the last bit of flooding, downed trees and spotty power loss.  We got lucky.

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Power of the Ridge | Collaborating Artists

For me it’s amazing what comes when you put what you love out in the world.  In this case it’s my love of images and one insane Rhodesian.  In Natalya’s case it’s her love of art, watercolors, acrylics, ink, collages and yes, one Rhodesian Ridgeback, Oscar.

It all began with a comment Natalya left on one of my blog posts and for those who don’t know, when you leave a comment you have the option of also making your name a hyperlink to your website/blog/what-have-you.  Well as you may have guessed Natalya created a hyperlink where I found Oscar ate my muffin.

This is where I discovered as Natalya put it, in her collaborating blog post, her muse.  Oscar.

It’s funny how the breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks have that special something about them.  They seem to be elusive enough where you don’t see them everyday, but when you do come across them you know immediately.   After spending a few hours on her blog and website there was no doubt in my mind that I had to meet Oscar + Natalya.  A few emails later I was meeting up with the two in Cambridge for a quick shoot and to hash out some ideas for this very blog post..  It’s not everyday you stumble upon someone who not only has a ridgeback but has also incorporates them into their own artistic endeavors.

What I do, is let pictures do the talking.  Since I can’t explain the extent of Natalya’s awesomeness I’ll let one of her illustrations do the talking for me.  She had full reign over my images and to use whatever tickled her fancy.  Here is the final product.

I was over the moon; ear to ear smiles for this guy!

Natalya Zahn

Absolutely awesome.

This is Natalya and Oscar.

This is where Natalya and Oscar work.

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Natalya embodies so many different types of mediums and is unbelievably phenomenal at all of them that any attempt at describing it would fall short.  Her work has been featured in National Geographic as well as the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  This is where I encourage you, Nay!  Tell you to a) Check out her wonderful portfolio, b) check out her awesome blog c) head on over to Oscar’s blog to read her accompanying blog post.  There you will find MORE images of Sir Oscar from my little visit.

These are Oscar’s wrinkles.  The stamp of a true Rhodie.

 

 

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