perfect day to surf

perfect day to surf

#florida   #thirstythursdaypics   #surfing  

Sasha

Sasha

This beautiful girl is my precious Sasha.  I’ve been blessed to have her in my life for almost eleven years now since I adopted her from the Humane Society in Longmont, Colorado.  She is now 14 years old and as gorgeous and sweet and smart as ever.  Over the last year, I had noticed she was having some trouble with one of her back legs but both the vet and I chalked that up to her advancing age.  As the year progressed, it got worse and then recently, when both back legs began to have issues it was apparent that this was not normal aging.  

Sasha has canine degenerative myelopathy – a chronic, progressive, neurological disease that affects the German Shepherd breed more than others.  She is becoming paralyzed – first one leg, then the other and finally to the rest of her body.  

Sasha was an abused dog when she was young – chained up all day, under-fed and who knows what else.  I don’t know who did the abusing – if it was a nasty breeder or just some other sick freak of a human being.  I do know now that breeders are very aware of this disease but breed animals with the mutated gene anyway.  Sasha and I are lucky it did not affect her until this advanced age.  It can happen years sooner.  (Please don’t let that discourage you from adopting one of these amazing animals – I wouldn’t trade her for the world!) 

Watching Sasha adapt to what is happening to her is one of the most difficult yet inspiring things I’ve ever had to do.  She doesn’t fuss about it.  She is fully determined to go out for walks and pull herself upstairs to where she is used to sleeping at night and she still eagerly “greets” the UPS and Fedex guys at the door.  There is so much life in her still!  

Now that the initial shock of what this disease is going to do to my best friend has worn off, I am determined to help her have the best life possible for the remaining time she has.  In addition to some simpler household changes, Sasha will need a cart to help her go for walks to keep her healthy and that is my new Christmas project.  

To give her the focus she needs, I will be traveling less (or not at all unless I can find a great in-home caretaker) and there will be fewer photos.  (I would take tons of photos of my sweet girl but she is crazy afraid of the camera.  I’m lucky to have snuck a few in here and there.)  

I just wanted to let you all know what is going on.  Sorry I’ve been a bit absent lately.  I will try to do better.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

candy flower

candy flower

Maybe I was feeling extra hungry but this flower just screamed candy to me.  Fortunately, I managed to resist eating it and took it’s photo instead.  Some flowers just absolutely jump out and grab me like this one but most are much more subtle beauties.  Anyway – I hope it brightens your Friday too!  🙂

for Tamara Pruessner’s FloralFriday 

#floralfriday   #georgiaflowers  

come back

come back

Oh lovely Fall. Please come back soon!  

In the past two weeks, the number of people in my neck of the woods has increased by what seems like 400% but it’s really more like 40%.  It’s the return of the “snowbirds” season!  Lots of nice folks fly south for the winter along with the birds and that’s good for business so I’m certainly not complaining.  It’s just a bit of an adjustment when getting anywhere takes twice as long as it did last month!  

#fallcolors   #fallcolours  

a new day

a new day

for Tamara Pruessner’s fabulous FloralFriday 

#floralfriday   #georgiaflowers  

“Lucky ones”

“Lucky ones”

those people who live in this area and get to see this every year!

photo: view from Caesar’s Head State Park, South Carolina  

#fallcolors   #southcarolina  

one of many

one of many

Just got through the early voting process.  It took about an hour.  Glad to have that over.  I’m very much looking forward to Wednesday – the end of the political ad season!  Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to turn your clocks!  🙂

FloralFriday by Tamara Pruessner 

#floralfriday  

It’s coming!

It’s coming!  

What is??  

The G+ ART Mentorship for Photographers!!   The amazing program I had the privilege of participating in last round by Robin Griggs Wood is getting ready for another go!   Set the date on your calendars so you can sign up through the post on her page.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!  See details below…

Originally shared by Robin Griggs Wood

Mark your Calendars!

I’m giving you advanced notice: I will be putting up the sign-up post for my next “G+ ART Mentorship for Photographers” on Nov. 10th at 10 AM PST (6 PM GMT) right here on my own stream.

I only select people who are the most interactive here at Google+ and who post their original work often (no less than three days between posts.) So this gives you a couple weeks between now and the the sign-up time to become more active and show your support to others. As soon as people sign-up to that post, I start checking out profiles and activity (a search of your name brings up the posts of others that you’ve been showing some love to, so it is easy to see … ;o))

You don’t know what the “G+ ART Mentorship for Photographers” is? … head on over to the  G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers (a program that I run here, along with Ron Clifford and Tamara Pruessner) and scroll down and read some of the shares of the PLUSposts for my mentorship. Life-changing stuff.

And don’t forget to add the Page while you’re there!

Since seeing the results of my poll post, almost a third of the respondents would have difficulty around the year end holidays, but I don’t want to delay until January to start. So, I have worked out the scheduling so that the easiest week, week 4, falls just before Christmas and I’ll be stretching that one out for two weeks this time for this next group, which might make it easier for some of those with scheduling difficulties to still participate. I will be starting my #GMAPP3 mentorship with the final announcement post of selectees on the 25th of November, with the full circle share of the next group on the 30th and the first lesson post on the 2nd of December. 

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THIS is NOT the official sign-up post … mark your calendars for November 10th at 10 AM, PST (6 PM, GMT) to get in on sign-up post for the next mentorship.

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See you there!

Florida’s tallest lighthouse

Florida’s tallest lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse – 203 steps to the top.  🙂  

for #lighthousethursday  by Heiko Köster