We love to take our dogs to the dog park.

I’m not going to lie. But one reason we like it so much is because we like seeing all the other dogs too.

I usually have my camera. I try to capture the moments of all the dogs having fun.

This Australian Cattle Dog was enjoying playing in the mud and water and pools at the park thanks to the hoses available there.

On this visit to the dog park I had one of my small mirrorless Nikon camera.

Photo data: Nikon 1J5. Nikon 1 VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6. Focal length 61.6mm. ISO 160. 1/1000 sec. f/4.5.

Playing in the mud

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I often have a camera with me during family events.

As much as photograph my human family I also try to capture the moments of our animal companions that share our lives with us as well.

It is easy to miss all the subtle little moments that occur in life.

Take the camaera out and click the shutter.

Create memories. IT doesn’t have to be something momentous.

Friends, family, pets, animals, nature. Whatever moves you. Capture it. Save it.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Focal length 120mm. ISO 400. 1/2500 sec. f/2.8.

Aussie Arya

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Over a decade ago my wife and I took a trip to Alaska. It was the most amazing experience. Highly recommended if you ever have an opportunity.

One of the coolest experiences we had there was meeting real true blue sled dogs.

In the time of year and location we were at there wasn’t a lot of snow. So we got to see how the sled dogs train when there isn’t snow.

The sled dogs train by pulling a large cart on wheels rather then a sled through the snow. We even got to experience it first hand.

We were able to ride in a cart pulled by the sled dogs. It was a very interesting experience.

We got to meet a lot of the sled dogs. And I was able to capture this portrait of one of them. One of my favorite photos from the entire trip.

Photo details: Nikon D50. Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6. Focal length 130mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec. f/4.5.

Alaskan Sled Dog

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I spent several years volunteering at our local animal shelter.

I would take photographs of the animals there that they could use to show what animals are available for adoption on their website and social media.

High quality photograph go a long way to helping shelter pets find homes.

I would really like to bring this back as part of my regular work in photography.

This cute cat was so interested in what I was doing. Inquisitive and adorable.

If you are looking for a new companion for your home, go visit your local animal shelter. You are sure to find an animal there that will love you unconditionally.

Photo data: Nikon D300. Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3. Focal length 70mm. Hot Shoe Flash. ISO 400. 1/320 sec. f/8.0.

Playful Shelter Cat

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Last year during my 2021 one photo a day project I am pretty sure I photographed our cats more than ever before.

Our cat Peaches has the coolest contrast fur. And she has bright green eyes.

She is the perfect photography subject most of the time. Especially if she is sitting in her cat tower. She will just sit there and allow me to do whatever I want to with my photography.

Even if I want to get really close and photograph her eyes with my macro lens at such a close range that he mouth is out of focus.

Photo details: Nikon D500, Nikon 60mm f/2.8. Focal length 60mm. ISO 800. 1/250 sec. f/3.0.

Peaches looking up

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The look you get when times are desperate and your long harried cat needs a hair cut.

Paisley is a beautiful long haired Maine Coon type cat.

We adopted her from our local SPCA.

I could have shared a photo of her where she looks beautiful.

But I think the look on her face in this photo tells the story of how she really feels about the human interlopers in her kingdom.

I think i big part of that look is due to the lighting I employed, but that is the magic of photography.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Focal length 50mm. ISO 500. 1/400 sec. f/1.8.

Paisley post hair cut

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I enjoy taking photographs of all of our pets.

One tool I have recently begun using to do that are Lume Cube Panel Mini lights.

They are great for adding some additional light to low light situations.

When I was crating this photo I was trying to convince Monkey to approach and settle down where I had set up the lights.

She more than obliged.

Monkey really wanted to check out these new fangled light things.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 60mm f/2.8. Focal length 60mm. ISO 400. 1/1250 sec. f/3.0.

Monkey investigating lights

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My wife loves cats. I am more of a dog person.

We have shared our home with a number of cats over the years.

Some of the cats that have accompanied us at our home have been foster cats from our local SPCA that my wife has cared for.

Even if you are not really a cat person it is hard to deny how cute a tiny little kitten is.

This little foster kitten decided to do what all cats do and sit in something. That something was my slipper.

So I was forced to have cold feet.

But it did allow me to capture this cute photo.

Nikon D300. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Focal length 125mm. ISO 400. 1/320 sec. f/2.8.

Foster kitten sitting in a shoe

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Yesterday was a fun day. We ended up goin gout for an impromptu birdwatching trip up to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge was abuzz with bird song of every variety. The fast moving tiny warblers were among the birds singing. It is often easier to hear them than to see them. Especially seeing them well enough for a good look and photographs.

On today’s visit the Yellow Warblers were all over. I had more sightings of Yellow Warblers than I did of most other birds on this visit.

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Our area has a great running community.

There is even an organization called SOAR that focusses specifically on youth running.

They work with youths of all ages and even put on a wide variety of events for the young people to participate in.

I have had a lot of fun photographing these events over the years.

This photo is from a free color run event that SOAR put on.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Focal length 95mm. ISO 400. 1/3200 sec. f/2.8.

SOAR Youth Running

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