Patr贸n E. Baloney

Meet Patr贸n. She’s My other dog; another pup my son left with me. She and I went for walks this weekend to tire her and distract her a little from the loss of her “brother,” Brutis. She’s restless and not sleeping well since we lost him. I don’t think she’s eating well either, but she can use a little less food (like her “mom”). 馃檪

She’s a good girl and a happy girl and loves to have her belly rubbed. She comforts me when I cry. She is afraid of the vacu眉m cleaner, too. If I ever need to get her outside voluntarily, all I have to do is start that thing. While Brutis was afraid, he always stayed close to protect me from that horrible machine, just in case. Patr贸n feels no such responsibility. She runs and disappears for as long as I’m pushing that machine through the house.

Brutis was a nervous boy and wasn’t all that friendly to other people or animals鈥攁lthough he was a love to me and a select few others. I imagine a lot of his nervousness was because of me and my worry about what he might do. Over the years, I kept him protected from situations where he’d be uncomfortable. While I was happy to do that for him, it kept us from doing as many things as we might have over the years. Patr贸n and I can travel and visit and I won’t have to worry about her snapping at someone because she’s afraid. She’ll roll over and invite you to rub her fat ol’ belly. She is a friendly little girl, and I can take her anywhere. Now I will.

I miss Brutis so much, but I have Patr贸n to entertain me and keep me company. She’s a really sweet girl. And, she’s a funny girl, too. She has beautiful markings and reminds me of a lion, the way she lopes and swings her head back and forth. She also has a tuft of long hair just at the top of her shoulders.

In this picture, I tried to capture the “hunter” in action鈥攂ut every time I hit my knees to get a face-on shot of her at a distance, she ran back and threatened to slobber on my lens.

Patr贸n

Patr贸n

I Never Tire of this View

I know I post lots of pictures of this view, but I never tire of it. Tonight again, the light reflected on these mountains illuminated them to look pink/orange, and leaving everything else in shadow. They really stand out.

Bookcliff Sunset

Bookcliff Sunset

Good Bye, Old Friend

Tonight I said good-bye to a very old and dear friend. I will miss him so much.

Rest well, sweet prince. You have earned it.

Brutis

Brutis

Slightly Cracked

鈥淎 true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.鈥

鈥擝ernard Meltzer

Slightly Cracked

Warmer Days

It looks like another storm will push through here, perhaps early in the morning. Maybe there will be snow on the ground. We haven’t had much this winter. While I love the changes of weather, I’m a little tired of being cold and am looking through old pictures of warmer days. Fall is my favorite time of year, and these are pictures I took on Owl Creek Pass during a fall drive several years ago.

I’ve probably posted some of these before. I hope you enjoy them again, as I am.

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass

Look What I Found!

If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot. 鈥擟onfucius

It’s cold here in the mornings. Starting the vehicle 15 minutes before leaving gave me time to take a few pictures of the moon before it sank below the hill in front of my house. As I write this, it is rising in the east and big and white and brilliant. It’s too bright now.

I took the camera to work this morning, hoping I could get a shot from a higher floor of the parking garage. I couldn’t even see it from there. I didn’t have time to climb to the top of the garage. Maybe tomorrow morning will be better.

Morning Moon

Morning Moon

Beautiful Sunrise this Morning

I have to head to work in a minute, but I took the time to snap this picture. You can’t beat a Western Colorado Sunrise for color and inspiration.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to the new year and all that it has in store. I am looking forward to hearing from my new friends, and reading what they have to say. You inspire.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I Am Not Alone

Yet another critter. I don’t mind these guys, though. I’m not fond of scorpions, mice, or roaches鈥攁ll of which I have to deal with periodically. But this picture was taken about 19:00 yesterday, and it’s now 10:12 today and he is where he was when I took this picture. No doubt, I interrupted his hunting expedition. How can a poor spider be stealthy while a 150# woman with a camera on her face flashes light at him? He’s probably lost a couple of meals, and I imagine he’s yelling, “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!!” His confidence in his supreme spiderness is probably injured, too; perhaps destroyed.

Spider

Spider

 

 

I’m on SmugMug

I’m on SmugMug now. I’ve uploaded full-res images of photos and I’ve also been using software to make some of them artful. I’ve had a blast. I invite you to check out what I’ve done thus far. There are a couple of new images and there will be more soon. Mostly I’ve re-saved old images in full-res format and posted them there. I got pretty frustrated not long ago when I decided I wanted to buy myself a print or a book鈥擨’ve been looking around. The only problem was, to save room online and to allow for faster loading of images, I have made them all about 500 pixels wide. They’re fine for online viewing, but not for much else. When I started uploading images and files to a website, we were still all on dial-up, and at that time it was important that the files be small. Now鈥攏ot so much.

Once the holidays are over, I hope to go somewhere once a month to take pictures. And I have decided, I am not a successful point-and-shooter; I have to use a tripod. But I have new tools that I’m excited to try, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, I’m staying busy with a new job (where I’m learning lots), an old job (that I love), two dogs, a house, baking cookies for Christmas gifts, a little social life, and until last week, school. It keeps me out of trouble, I suppose. But what fun is THAT?!

This is my balcony that overlooks Grand Junction, Colorado. I used Topaz Labs’ Star Effects to exaggerate the shimmer on the Christmas lights. The result is more interesting than the original photo.

Do you notice it’s snowing here on WordPress?

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

 

Wine Tour

Toured some of the Palisade wineries today. We stopped at Red Fox Cellars. What a fun place! Among other attractions, not the least of which was their wine, was this arrangement of flowers that I have filtered.

Flowers

Flowers

 

We wandered around Palisade Colorado via Clyde and his wagon.

Meet Clyde!

Meet Clyde

Meet Clyde

We had such a fun time. Palisade is a sweet little town that sits below Mt. Garfield, in Colorado. They grow grapes and make great wine. You should visit sometime.

It was a great day in Western Colorado.

#westerncolorado #palisade #winetour

 

 

Summer Storm

While it’s cold here now, I am looking through old photographs and found this one. I love how the clouds seem to fall out of the sky as sun still lights the Bookcliffs in the background.

Summer Storm

Summer Storm

 

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