So today was homecoming at Marian and I had every intention of taking photos of everything that was going on. I was even going to use them in my class. But then I got distracted talking with Hannah’s family and other Hannah and Heath. And then my mom showed up with food and I told she could bring the Sampson, not really thinking that all the way through. Not the best idea bringing a hyped up, 135 lb. St. Bernard to campus on one of the most crowded days. But it was okay. He behaved really well and had a lot of fun, especially since he got a lot of attention. And it was a good day and I had a lot of fun. But this was the only photo I took. So there you go.
The tree itself and its reflection seem to make a heart with a little piece missing.
I shot this down at the creek while playing ball with Oliver. I cannot explain the joy I get from seeing them happy! Watching he and Lilly having such an awesome time down at the creek, swimming, playing ball & chasing each other. Really, no greater joy. They are such a huge part of my heart and without them I’d be lost. The bond you can form with a dog is irreplaceable.
Today I got to visit Brandy and see this adorable little guy. It was really good getting to just hang out with Brandy. We didn’t go shoot or go on a big adventure. We just talked and watched MTV all afternoon. It was good to talk and vent and listen to each other. We always seem to meet up with each other when we really need each other. And of course it was great to see little Oliver, though he just slept the majority of the time.
This is Hemi (after Hemingway, not the engine). She’s part border-collie, part lab. Or at least that’s what we think she is. She’s a rescue dog that Hillary (Hannah’s sister) and Josh (Hillary’s boyfriend) adopted. She’s a sweet little dog, and still very puppy. She’s very playful and can be a little shit at times. For now she’s staying with Hillary, while Josh is in Colorado and it’s been fun playing with her. Today she let me take her picture.
This is Sampson. Our 135 lb. St. Bernard. He’s a little over three years old, but he still acts like a puppy. A very big puppy. He’s a big, goofy dog, with a lot of personality. I’ve never had a dog quite like this. He’s very ornery and stubborn and loud. But he’s a good guard dog and very playful. He can be annoying at times, but it’s hard to stay mad at him with his cute face.
I’m sure these two gentlemen thought I was either DNR or an absolute nut case. I was sitting on the banks alone taking photos of the sun melting into the water. I was waiting for the shot. I know it was coming as they slowly trolled across the water. Finally there it was right before me. The beautiful silhouette of them in their fishing boat. The cloud line that lingered above. The melting sun in the back.
When you get something or someone so great consider it a perfect catch. Hold onto it.
Shot over Giest after this crazy hectic Tuesday.
Thank you to Dr. Aaron and his staff for helping with my puppy today.
Everything good comes to an end at some point. I knew this day was coming. The end of a great trip. The drive home. The inevitable return to work & reality. Lilly enjoyed every minute of her beach & boating time. I loved watching her. Watching her love life, really enjoying it. I finally felt like I was able to give back to her all the happiness and joy she’s given to me.
Shot in hills of Kentucky.
I’ve been able to give back some happiness that Lilly has shared with me over the past 7 years. Today she took her first boat ride through the Atlantic Intercoastal and into Savannah. She LOVED the ride. We had lunch on River Street and then walked around a bit seeing some of the historical markers. What a beautiful place. She was worn out. Exhausted!
This photo was taken as we headed back north, Lilly facing the Savannah bridge as the sun began to set.
My munchkin and I at the beach for the first time (for her). She LOVED it!!! She rolled in the sand like she had been off earth forever hahaha then went running into the waves, biting at them, then back out to the beach and back into the water. Several times.
I knew this day was coming for months! I was excited for her. I knew it would be awesome! What I didn’t know was the joy and fulfillment I was going to get from it.
I love her more than life and seeing her so happy and have such a great time, was such an awesome moment for me!