On Friday I hung out with Penny and Buster, two of the happiest and most adored dogs I've ever met. When we walked in, their mom Shannon warned us they hadn't been walked and were more energetic than usual, so after snapping a few shots indoors we headed out to play.
This is possibly one of my favorite pictures ever:
Penny and her hilarious ears...
After wrestling around for a bit, we decided to walk to the park, which was popping with fall colors:
Eventually the pair started to get a little tired, so we stopped for a rest.
Until Buster spotted a pretty boxer. (Shannon: "Buster, she's too tall for you.")
And then it was time to go home.
As thrilled as I've been with my new camera, I've also been struggling with the fact that it's not super-portable. The kit bag it came in is great for storage purposes, but it's just too bulky to carry around, and the camera itself is too nice to carry unprotected.
Since I go for a lot of walks, I really enjoyed how convenient the point and shoot was to carry with me. But of course, the quality of the images was always a struggle, so I'd obviously rather use the Canon Rebel. As a solution, I ordered a compact camera bag just large enough for the camera and one lens--and to my surprise, it arrived today, just two days later.
It's exactly what I hoped for...portable, easy to use, and provides enough protection to carry the camera without worry. Plus, it's red, which I admit was a definite selling point.
Naturally I wanted to test it out, so I grabbed Tess and we left for our afternoon walk. I had some problems with a card error (which has fortunately been resolved), but did manage to get a few shots before heading home. All in all, I'm pretty pleased--it's going to make photo-walks so much easier.
So far, she's learned that morning walks are awesome, the cats aren't vicious, crate training means having her own space, and playing tag is the funnest thing ever.
Last weekend my husband and I spent a few hours at the downtown Marriot, painting faces at a Geocoin convention. I received an email from the wonderful lady organizing the event back in September, asking if I knew anyone who might be willing to volunteer. As it happens, I've done face painting in the past, and have been interested in doing it again. I told her I'd be happy to help out, and recruited my husband (he's a writer and teacher, but has amazing artistic talent too).
As always, the kids were a bit shy about getting their faces painted near the beginning, but once they saw their peers wandering around with pandas and snakes and skulls and other miscellaneous creatures, we had quite a rush. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take any pictures during the event since we were so busy, but here are a few to give you an idea.
So, I have a thing for snails. I blame my fifth grade teacher for this, since she gave them to us as pets one year. Regardless, she'd probably be happy to know my husband and I regularly swoop down to rescue wayward snails who've found themselves in the path of pedestrians. They may be confused to find themselves several feet from their previous destination, which translates to a couple hours of travel time, but it's better than the alternative.
I just think they're cool.