There She Is!

Missy and Ken

As most people know, I lean just slightly to the introverted side.  Oh, who am I kidding, I am a screaming introvert.  I like to be in the background and incognito.  As such, I am rarely willing to post photos of myself.  It’s something I am not comfortable with, and I now understand why my mother always wanted to be on the back end of the camera and never the front end.  Having said that, here I am, in all my casual glory, and not just me, but my wonderful wife, Missy, too.

Missy is my greatest encourager.  My greatest cheerleader.  My greatest motivator.  She’s always by my side and is the perfect road trip companion.  In short, she’s my buddy!

This shot was taken this past October on our 2016 Fall Color Tour of Michigan.  We are at the east end of Miner’s Beach in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising, Michigan.  I came back to this site after having visited it in 2008.  It has changed dramatically.  The beach that was there was pretty much gone this time, and the small waterfall in the background was now inaccessible.

This ties into a photo lesson I learned long ago:  Never pass up an opportunity thinking conditions will always be the same.  Too often, it is not.  Take your shot now.  I have some shots of this waterfall from 2008 that I will post soon.

The Simple Pleasures in Life

IMG_4336-800Today we’re going to address the simple things in life that can bring us pleasure.  In this case it’s our pets, and for me specifically, my dog.  Maybe I’m a bit biased, but as you can see he is a handsome creature.  Very dignified.  A total goofball in personality… a big oaf in many respects… but he certainly does look dignified, doesn’t he.  LOL!!!

I include him in the Family category because he really is a legitimate member of our family.  He is 4 years old.  We have had him for just over a year.  We adopted him from the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center, if anyone is interested.

IMG_4389-800Missy and I took him out to the front yard one evening because I wanted some decent recent shots.  It was a great deal of fun.  He squirms a lot, and I have many photos where he looks away at just the last moment as I’m taking the photo… which, of course, makes us laugh even more and makes the whole process more fun… but the good photos we do get like these make it all worthwhile.

The photo above was when a car drove by, and that caught his attention in a, “Ooh, who is that?” kind of way.  The other photo we managed to catch in between “squirms”.  I cannot decide which one I like better… the serious photo or the goofy photo.  They both convey his personality.

He is part Basset Hound and part Black & Tan Coonhound.  He has the long body and head and temperament of a Basset, but the coloring and slightly longer legs of a Coonhound.  And his paws… they are HUGE.  People always comment on them when they meet him for the first time.

So, it doesn’t have to be all landscape.  Take some time for the simpler things in life, too.  It’s well worth it.