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23 August 2016

Red’s Post Brawl Laser Treatment

Post Brawl Laser Treatment

Post Brawl Laser Treatment

Red has a rough day Monday, brawling with goats, rams, runaway sheep.  We had a laser appointment scheduled for Wednesday at the Cambridge Valley Veterinary Clinic, we moved it up to this afternoon, these laser treatments are preventative, a response to Red's growing arthritis issues and the injury to his spine when Chloe stomped on him.

It is working, he worked long and hard Tuesday, got rammed and trampled and raced through deep woods, but he did well and was able to work comfortably and well this morning. Cassandra and he are  quite close now, mostly I just drop him off and pick him up. The laser treatments stimulate healing cells and loosen tight muscles.

He's getting laser treatments every other week and massage in between. I'm very pleased with the results.

I'd love to sneak in and try it myself.

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22 August 2016

Red Takes Charge: Into The Stalls

Red Takes Charge

Red Takes Charge

The only appropriate way for border collies to correct a rebellious or defiant sheep is to bite him or her on the nose, it is their most sensitive spot – they wouldn't feel it on the wool. After Samson trampled and butted him, Red nipped him on the nose, drawing blood, and then Samson wavered. Red did not.

He got into Samson's  face and backed him right into the stall, where we were trying to get him and the two ewes so we could get halters and ropes on them. Samson turned and ran there, and Griselle and Biddy ran after him – neither one wanted to face Red without their ram. Red had done the job and won the day. A wonderful dog.

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16 August 2016

Hibiscus Eruption, Infrared Photo. The Beauty Of The Unseen

Hibiscus Eruption, IR Photo

Hibiscus Eruption, IR Photo.

The Hibiscus flower is especially glorious in direct light, I wondered how it would appear in an infrared version, I think reflected glory is the word that comes to mind for me.

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12 August 2016

Portrait: Alfreda And Reuben. Farm Workers.

Alfreda And Reuben

Alfreda And Reuben

Alfreda and Reuben, two people from Mexico who love one another deeply, agreed to be the final portrait taken for my portrait show, scheduled for November at the Round House Cafe. A second gallery has expressed some interest in showing the portraits.

At first, I thought the portrait would only be of Alfreda, but then, when I saw how much they loved one another, I realized it had to be both or nothing. They happily agreed.

We are  friends with Alfreda, she and Reuben are two of the hundreds of migrant farm workers who help the farms in our country survive. They work unbelievably hard, and I was very pleased they agreed to come to the farm so I could take their portrait.

They mostly stay within the farms and their own communities, they are not often seen in Main Street. I am glad they are in the portrait show.

Alfreda was shy at first, but Reuben, who loves to be photographed, loosened her up. These are important faces in our community, they are not often seen, I am so happy to have them in my show, they were both pleased to come and pose. I love this portrait, it shows the very strong connection between two very good, hard-working and loving people.

In a sense, my portrait show is about seeing unseen faces, they are in some ways the glue of our community. And community is essential.

Alfred and Reuben contribute very much to our community, in many different ways. The monochrome camera is my favorite for portraits, especially with the Zeiss lens.

Maria and i are scrambling to find the cheapest frames and mats so we can charge as little as possible for the photographs. The show will go up in about a month, the final date has not been chosen. This portrait concludes the pictures for the show, they are being printed up by George Forss and I won't be taking any more for the show. Looks like 25 portraits in the show, all approved by the eagle-eyed curator, Maria.

I can tell you it doesn't help to be sleeping with the curator, if she doesn't like it, it isn't going in. I learned a lot I hope to continue to take portraits of the people in my life.

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Red At Work

Red At Work

Red At Work

Nothing disturbs or deters Red from his appointed rounds, not even a big pony grazing right past his head. Red and Chloe have had their brawls, but are at ease with one another now, and in any case, Red is not about to move.

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