* I originally had this post scheduled to publish on Saturday, but with the incredibly sad news from Connecticut, I didn’t feel it was appropriate to even be thinking about something as silly as blogging and posting pictures of my dog. Rocked to the core by the horrific events which recently unfolded in Newtown, CT, we figured it would be best if Jack (8) heard about what happened from us rather than from another kid at school, so we’ve been trying to explain to him how something so terrible could ever have occurred. In doing so, we all turned inward to each other for support, and I think we have found that reinforcing the love we share is the best way forward. With that in mind, and not wishing to trivialize the saddest of days, here’s another post that hopefully shows a little bit of what is helping us cope with the darkest and scariest of news.
Now I understand where the phrase “Puppy Dog Eyes” comes from! Here’s my first foray into making Oliver photographs outside. He has thoroughly enjoyed the light layer of snow that we’ve had for the past couple of days, though as you can see, his blanket of soft whiteness which had been hiding all sorts of good stuff to explore has almost melted away. Chunks of ice taste pretty good too though, and Oliver needn’t worry, methinks we’ll be getting plenty more snow here in Maine this winter.
We haven’t had him off the leash while outside yet (other than on our enclosed front porch), so it’s kind of difficult to get a decent photograph of him without the leash being in it. I’ve become accustomed to photographing him on the kitchen floor where there isn’t a lot of light, and because of that, compositional choices are quite limited and images can turn out pretty grainy. Outside in the front yard though, natural late afternoon light makes for a much better portrait, not that this handsome kid with his puppy dog eyes needs good light to look good!