The Saint Bernard.

This is my favorite type of image to capture.

Moments of people with their dogs.

Those simple times we spend just being in the presence of our amazing dogs that we love so much.

I was happy to be able to capture an image of this person siting with their old Saint Bernard just relaxing and watching the dog show.

Photo details: Nikon D300. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Focal length 70mm. ISO 400. 1/3200 sec. f/2.8.

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My afternoon adventure on my first full day in the Adirondacks turned into an evening adventure because I took a nap in my hammock at camp for longer than I had expected. By the time I convinced myself to get out of camp It was getting to be early evening hours.

I enjoy photographing waterfalls. I have a guidebook to waterfalls in the Adirondack region. In the past I have focused on waterfalls that are easily accessible. On this trip I wanted to branch out and try to photograph a few waterfalls that required a little more hiking. I was willing to go at least a mile to get to a waterfall.

I arrived at the trail head that my guide book indicated for Cascade on Crane. Time to unpack my camera gear and assemble it. Full size tripod. DSLR with battery grip. 18-200mm zoom lens.

Hiking to a waterfall

I was excited to hike out and photograph this cascade that flowed down into a pond from the side of a mountain. I was willing to carry all of this camera gear with me because the hike itself wasn’t too long. It turned out to be a little over 2.5 miles round trip. And the guide book indicated that there would be “some elevation” involved in the hike. So, I knew I would have to do a little climbing but it didn’t sound like it was going to be too much.

What I didn’t realize is that according to the person who wrote the guide book “some elevation” apparently could mean almost 1,000 feet of elevation over at most about 1 mile of hiking distance. This is the equivalent of some of the steeper sections of climbing high peaks mountains in the Adirondacks.

With this level of elevation gain and the steepness of the terrain there was some definitely some slow going times. Carrying all the camera gear I chose to take with me did not make it any easier. Although there were actually times the tripod came in handy as a make shit trekking pole.

Eventually I came to the area where the cascade was supposed to be according to the guide book and maps. Guess what? No cascade. Almost no water at all. It was dried up from the hot summer weather. That was disappointing after all the effort to get the camera gear necessary for shooting waterfalls up onto the mountain.

Cascade: pond

Alternatives to photographing the falls

Fortunately, the cascade was supposed to be running into a pond. And the view a the mountainside pond was beautiful. I stopped along the trail as it passed by the pond several times to take photographs. It was made even more beautiful my the late evening sunlight. The sun was getting low creating that beautiful golden hour light that we often chase as photographers.

Hmm. Sun is getting low. Guess I better get off this mountain then. The difficulty of the hiking on this mountain, due to the vague description of “some elevation” in the guidebook left me a little unprepared. I really try to never be unprepared. But I expected to be able to make faster progress on the hiking portion of the adventure.

The hike up was challenging and slow. And there were times when the hike back down from the mountain were just as tricking and slow. It started to get dark out. I did not have a headlamp with me or a flashlight.

Getting back to the trail head

I was off the mountain but still had some distance to go on relatively flat trails before I would be back at the trail head. This is where the beauty of technology comes in. Not only did I have a fully GPS enabled map on my phone, but I also had a flashlight built right in. And I used that resource to light the way all the way back to my car.

If I had realized how steep that climb was going to be I either would not have carried that much gear with me or I would not have chosen to photograph this location, at least not so late in the day. Tip to writers of guide books. Please include at least a vague guestimate of how much elevation is involved in a hike. Saying there is “some elevation” is not sufficient.

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The Siberian Husky.

I think Siberian Huskies are some of the happiest dogs. They just always look happy. In every single photo that I take.

I have always loved Siberian Huskies. I always wanted to have one. I have now been fortunate enough to share my home with one for the last 14 years.

But that does not dull my joy and excitement at seeing them at dog shows. I still love to see them.

Look how happy this Husky is. Mouth wide open. Tongue partly out. Eyes bright and attentive.

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

Check out this photo of our Husky, Mojo in this gallery of Our Dogs.

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The Shiba Inu.

Shiba Inus are beautiful dogs. They are another breed of dog I have come to enjoy seeing at dog shows.

However, the Shiba Inu does not seem to be one of the more popular dogs at dog shows.

I love the looks of the Shiba Inu but it seems in watching them at dog shows that they can be a bit feisty.

I love the way the shades of color play across the body of the Shiba Inu. They all seem to have similar markings with the light and dark alternating on the body. The Shiba Inu also exhibits different colors altogether than the ones in this photo.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/2500 sec. f/5.6.

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My recent trip to the Adirondacks was a making plans and then adjusting on the fly. I like to have a sense of what I want to do on a trip or I tend to feel stuck. I’ll just spend the whole time looking at my guide books and maps trying to figure out what to do and never end up doing anything at all.

To avoid getting stuck I like to write down at least one activity in the morning and one activity in the afternoon that I want to do. Then I know I have at least two things I know I can do without having to consult my books and maps too much. This just gets me up and out the door or out of the campsite as it were.

Best laid plans

I set out in the morning for a hike. As I was driving to the location I planned to hike I found out that reservations were required for this particular location. I knew that this was possible for some locations but my guide book did not indicate that this was one such location. And I did not have a reservation.

I tried not to get too frustrated. This setback was not going to ruin my day. I found a spot to pull over. I got out my guide book and started flipping through it to find a hike in the area near where I already was. And find one I did.

Cobble Ledge: Adirondacks

Cobble Ledge

Cobble Ledge, here we come. The guide book indicated that this would be about a 1 mile hike out to an exposed ledge with nice views of the mountains. The hike was relatively flat and easy. Just what I needed after a frustrating start to the morning.

The view from Cobble Ledge was really beautiful. I tried to soak it in for as long as I could. I took several photographs from different angles and with different compositions. But in the end there isn’t a whole lot of space to move around out on the ledge. It is just a small spot as ledge would indicate.

I quickly became antsy and ready to get on the move again. I headed back to the trailhead. Enjoyed the nice hike back. Round trip the hiking was about 2.5 miles. Off to the next adventure.

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The Shetland Sheepdog.

Shetland Sheepdogs are super athletic little dogs.

I have watched Shetland Sheepdogs make quick work of many agility courses.

Shetland Sheepdogs seem to be one of the breeds most frequently entered in agility competitions and when you see them perform you can understand why.

When you watch a dog compete in agility sometimes everything happens so fast that you can’t really notice the details.

That is one thing I love about capturing the events on camera. It gives me time to see what happens to quickly to really recognize with my naked eye at the time.

Look how far away the Shetland Sheepdog in this photo is when it takes flight to clear the hurdle. It is hard to believe they can jump from so far back and still make it. Especially for such a small dog. But they are amazing athletes.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/2000 sec. f/5.6.

Check out these other dogs competing in Agility at Wine Country Circuit Dog Shows.

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The Scottish Terrier.

This image really accentuates the size, or lack there of, of the Scottish Terrier.

The length of a Scottish Terrier’s body is about one strides length.

In this photo you can see that the head of the Scottish Terrier barely rises as high as the handlers knee. So that gives us an idea of how tall the Scottish Terrier is.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1600 sec. f/5.6.

To see more dog photos check out this link to photos I have taken at a variety of Hickories Circuit Dog Shows

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The Scottish Deerhound.

The Scottish Deerhound has a cool look. They are similar in some ways to the Irish Wolfhound, but they are slimmer and sleeker.

Scottish Deerhounds have a narrower profile than the Irish Wolfhound. The face and snout is narrower. The legs are thinner and more agile looking.

I like the wire haired look. I can never decide if I would actually enjoy having a dog with that type of fur to snuggle up to though.

This photo is in a style I really like. I was able to capture a nice close up of a Scottish Deerhound. Framing the left side and top of the frame with the dog. And across the bottom of the image you can see the AKC logo.

One cool aspect of this image is that I used a tool I don’t often use at dog shows. When I created this image I used the small mirrorless Nikon 1 J4 and associated lenses. Sometimes I take a variety of tools with me just hoping for an opportunity to use them and this was a perfect opportunity.

Photo details: Nikon 1 J4. 1 Nikon VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6. Focal length 77.1mm. ISO 800. 1/1000 sec. f/4.8.

If you love dogs click the link to see an assortment of photos of dogs at the Wine Country Circuit Dog Shows over the years.

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Our camping trip this year was supposed to be pet free. But, Surprise, here’s a dog into your life.

We lost our dog Brynn and amidst our grieving the perfect opportunity to add a dog that will hopefully grow up into the perfect outdoor adventure dog fell into our laps. And when it comes to dogs, so often, we take those opportunities that just show up out of nowhere and bring a new dog into our home.

River was just a young puppy when we adopted her. She wasn’t even old enough to be fully vaccinated. By the time we went on vacation she wasn’t going to be old enough to be boarded at the kennel we love. So, our dog less vacation now was going to include a dog.

We have camped with our other dogs in the past, but we have never camped with a dog this young. Our other dogs were old enough that their behavior patterns were pretty predictable and we had a good idea how they would behave during our trip. River was goin to be a completely different story.

River at camp in her dog bed

Taking a young pup on vacation?

As vacation approached River was still young enough that we were taking her outside on leash to go potty to avoid accidents in the house. River was still working on crate training. She slept in her kennel at night, but would sill wake up 1 or 2 times during the night needing to go outside to potty. Or as she got older waking up and just wanting to play and being loud and barking in the middle of the night.

We were really unsure how this was going to play out during camping. On the bright side, for the most part she was going to be outside so having an “accident” wasn’t really going to be too much of an issue. We were more worried about how things would go at night. How noisy would she be. Would she need to get up repeatedly in the middle of the night to potty. Would she have accidents in the tent while we were sleeping. We really didn’t want to be an inconvenience to our neighbors at the campground and be those people with a loud, obnoxious, unruly dog.

River eating at camp

Adjusting to camping

River did remarkably well on this front. She adjusted well to life at the campgrounds. Maybe too well. By the end we were a little worried that it might have undone all the hard work we had all done on potty training her at home. She only had one accident in the tent and that was on one of the first nights she was at camp and was right when she was going to bed, so might have been due to excitement about going into the tent. But other than that she had few problems needing to go potty in the middle of the night. I think the humans got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom more than River did. And she was also very well behaved at camp.

She didn’t make noise in the middle of the night while people were sleeping. She was even mostly quiet during the day when we were at camp. River kept herself busy playing with her toys and sticks and rocks. She would occasionally bark at the random camper passing by our campsite particularly at night, but she was really so much more well behaved than we could have hoped for especially for such a young dog. She may have been the most well behaved dog we have ever taken camping. Fingers crossed that trend continues.

River sitting atop Cascade Mountain

River goes hiking

River was also so young she couldn’t reliably handle a 1 mile walk and here we are planning to take her to the Adirondacks to climb mountains. We would take her on walks to help her get used to it and to build up her stamina but it was often slow going. We bought a backpack specifically designed for carrying dogs just in case she was not up to hiking, but we never even had to use it.

Once again River did much better than we expected. She loved hiking. She had more energy and enthusiasm for hiking than she did for any other activity we did with her. There are always obstacles to overcome with a dog who is new to hiking. Like making sure both human and dog are on the same page when it comes to best route to take and which way to go around an obstacle and other assorted route finding concerns. And there is trying to convince your dog that they don’t actually need to stop and smell literally every patch of dirt, grass, rocks, or trees that they come across. Hiking can be slow going enough without having to wait extra time for your dog to sniff out every scent possible. But as the hiking went on the better she became at all of these things.

River looking out over the scenery from the summit of Cascade Mountain

Everything is brand new

River being such a young pup this trip had to be such an overwhelming experience for her. Almost every single experience was literally a first for her. First time in a tent. First hike. First farmers markets. First time eating out on the patio of a restaurant. First time getting stuck out I the rain.

Trying to lure River into the water with a toy and she sits on the shore trying to catch it without getting in the water

River has not had much experience with water prior to this trip. But, what we learned during this trip is that she is not much of a fan. She experienced almost every kind of water she could and for the most part did not want to have much to do with it. Lakes, not really a fan. We took River to Lake George and there was an area along the beach where everyone was playing with their dogs. All the dogs were out in the water having fun playing with their humans. River had no interest in any of that. She loves sticks but will barely go a step or two into the water to get a stick we tossed for her. The most she would do was dig a hole in the wet sand, watch it fill with water, and then drink it. On our hikes she mostly avoided all puddles and mud. Streams and waterfalls, no thanks. And then there was her arch enemy.


Worst of all was the rain. River did not like going out in the rain at home. The one plus side of a drought was that wasn’t an issue. But we did have a few rainy times during our trip. On one particular occasion we were at Lake Placid. The forecast was calling for rain so we were prepared with raincoats. My wife had stopped to get something to eat at a restaurant, so I was taking River for a walk around town before meeting back up with her. We were standing down by the lake and it started to rain. I zipped up my raincoat and put my hood on. Thinking it would be no big deal, it’s just a little rain, we can continue to walk around.

But River strongly disagreed with that sentiment. River started barking and whining and making all sorts of hilarious sounds at the onset of being rained on. She was not having it. I literally had to seek shelter from the rain to get her to quiet down and stop throwing a tantrum. Once I found a roof to sand under, River was content. I am happy to report that after returning home from our trip the drought has broken for now and we are experiencing a lot of rain. So, River has become quite well acquainted with have water fall on her from above at this point. She doesn’t always want to go out in it, but for the most part she is fine with it. She definitely doesn’t sit outside and bark and squeal and carry on if it is raining anymore.

River chewing one of the many sticks she scavenged from the campsite

Be like a dog

As is typical of a dog, I think some of River’s most joyous moments were the simple moments. The time we spent just relaxing at our campsite was the time River really seemed to enjoy herself the most. She made the most of every moment at camp. Finding sticks to chew. Digging up rocks. And running around playing with all the toys we had at camp for her. She even spent time sitting with us in our camp chairs and our hammocks. Then there are the times River tired herself out and conked out all on her own completely at peace and sleeping.

River not making the most of her dog bed

I need to learn to be more like my dog and enjoy the simple times. Just relax and be in the moment. Find joy just being in the moment even if I am not “doing” anything.

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The Samoyed.

This photo shows a little bit of everything that is part of a dog show.

In the center is the main subject the Samoyed.

On the left edge of the image you can see a little bit of the dog’s handler.

In the background are two spectators and one of them is clapping for the dogs in the show ring.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 70-200mm f.2.8. Focal length 95mm. ISO 400. 1/6400 sec. f/2.8.

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If you enjoy Samoyed dogs you can see another photo her ion this gallery of dogs form the Working Group.


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