Thursday, March 25, 2010


Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,

Friendship without envy,

Or beauty without vanity?

Here, where grace is served with muscle

 And strength by gentleness confined

He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.

There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.

There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.

Ronald Duncan

The Horse, 1954.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dog Walk

Every afternoon around 4pm, if you are lucky, you get a chance to see foxhounds go on their daily walk.

It is quite a sight to see this pack of scent hounds coming up over the rolling hills and pastures of this primarily equestrian community.

Even the horse’s take interest in this event. Some may even be experiencing the excited feeling that they get participating in the seasonal hunt with the hounds.

But for now the season has ended and the hounds are still exercised and trained in this daily ritual.

The hounds must stay in a group. They must listen, and stay focused. The older ones are there to teach the young hounds and some are even leashed together to enforce this process of learning.

The American foxhound is a descendant from the English hounds.

They have great stamina for running and giving chase and known for their distinct bay.

Housed in a kennel and living in a pack, it is essential to field walk the dogs. Because of their need for long walks and stimulating exercise, these well cared for hounds can enjoy miles of trails, ponds, dirt roads, hills and fields to stretch their legs and overload their senses! Quite literally!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Splash of Color

Soon will be Spring, but it's hard to imagine all this dull color outside will soon be transformed into vibrant growth.  I anxiously wait, but in the meantime I will produce my own intense hues!

Submerged in water, household items can make for an optical fantasy of color, shape and form.

With a lightbox illuminating the background, the light penetrates the objects and beams from within.

The colors saturate the scene with in a pure white environment to accent.

Yes, Spring will soon be here - maybe next time I will fulfill my desire for color in the outdoors.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cat's Eyes

Fascinated by cats eyes? I am.
They are unlike human eyes in many ways. Sometimes they are round, slanted or almond shaped.

Their large pupils, intense hues and curved lens are striking, but a couple of these features enable sharper focus, long distance sight, and amazing peripheral vision.

Their uncanny ability to navigate in the dark is partially due to their whiskers! They use them for feeling around in the dark and rubbing up against objects to help them see.

Yes, I do find cats eyes fascinating. Do you?


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