Gone Too Soon

This is one of the most difficult blog posts for me to make at this moment…

Our dear, sweet Little Miss Freddie crossed the Rainbow Bridge far too soon this past Thursday. My husband and I are heartbroken.

Freddie came into our lives just one year, two months, and one day before her short life was tragically ended by an accident.

My heart just aches knowing how her life ended. But, remembering all the joy and fun she brought to our lives over the past year, gives me some peace.

She is…and always will be…deeply missed.

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Six Years Ago, Today…

Six years ago, today…my dear, sweet Nugget crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a short battle with K9 Leukemia. He had been diagnosed just three weeks earlier.

Above: Nugget and his brother Comanche just hours after we adopted them at 8-weeks old.

My husband and I knew there was nothing that could be done that wouldn’t put Nugget through tremendous discomfort and limit the quality of what little time he had left. So, I basically let my sweet boy have a “doggy bucket list”. We played more, went for more rides on the 4-wheeler, he got more treats, and soaked up more warm fires in his bed by the pot-bellied stove. He was even playing and rolling around in the grass just the evening before his passing.

The night before he passed, Nugget was sitting beside me and I could just sense that his time was drawing near. He leaned into me as if to give me a hug. Our favorite lilac bush was in full bloom and so I went and picked a flower from the bush and held it to Nugget’s nose. He closed his eyes and sniffed the beautiful purple lilac enjoying its wonderful fragrance.

The next morning, Nugget passed away peacefully laying under our beautiful lilac bush. I’m so very thankful that he went that way and we were not forced to make the heart wrenching decision that often comes near the end of a pet’s life.

Nugget and I had such an incredible bond…a connection I’ve never felt before with any other pet. It’s a connection that cannot be explained in words. And it’s one I will carry with me forever.

 

 

May…It’s Not Easy…

It’s here…the month I’ve dreaded every year, for several years now. As hard as I try to put on a happy face and remember the good times…as everyone instructs me to do…it’s not easy.

I lost my Granny on May 22nd of 1999…the Friday going into Memorial Day weekend. She was 88 years old, and had been a big part of my life. She continued to live in Illinois after my Granddad passed when I was very young. But, every summer she’d travel to spend the summers with us. She, my mom, and I did everything together in the summers. We were like the Three Musketeers. My dad worked out of town during the week doing road construction, and my older brother was in the local Drum Corps. traveling and competing in the summertime. So it was just mom, Granny, and me. So much fun was had!

I lost my amazing mom 11 years…almost to the day…after my dear Granny. May 28th of 2010…also the Friday going into Memorial Day weekend that year. She was only 68 and had fought a difficult battle toward the end with her heart. One of the most giving hearts in the world, and it just couldn’t give any more.

I lost my best K9 buddy, Nugget, to leukemia on May 2nd of 2012. Just two years after losing my mom. It was almost more than I could take. Nugget and I had a special bond that I had never experienced with any dog before. Even a stronger bond than I had with his brother, Comanche. It was like we were one soul. He understood me better than anyone or any pet ever had.

So May is here…I will get through it again, just like in the years past…but I know it won’t be easy. I’m just going to try my best to remember the love, laughter, and happy memories…there are an abundance of those.

The Story Behind the Photo

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“Tools of the Trade”

Well worn chaps, a comfortable saddle, lariat, and a good horse. Just a few tools of the trade for a true cowboy. These basic tools have remained the same from generation to generation.

This image was captured in Casper, Wyoming at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds as several Casper College Rodeo Team members prepared for the “Ropin’ & Riggin’ Days Rodeo”.

I chose to use a tight crop on this image to focus more on the detail and textures of all the items. A subtle effect was then applied through editing to create the look of a detailed painting. It is one of my all-time favorite images that I have created.

You can purchase several different items featuring “Tools of the Trade”, by clicking on the link below. It will take you to the “Rustic Western” section of my Etsy Shop.

Purchase “Tools of the Trade” items here: Paws Fur a Moment Photography – Rustic Western Items

Take the Opportunity When It Presents Itself

This afternoon, I had my six-month dental visit…and so I left my “day job” a little earlier than usual. Good news…as always…No cavities! LOL!

Anyway…after leaving the dentist’s office, I noticed the trees on top of our local mountain were beautifully dusted in fresh snow from the storm earlier in the day. I couldn’t resist the urge for a drive up the mountain with my camera…which I always have with me. Being so blessed to live where opportunities like this are within a 20 minute drive, I just couldn’t pass it up.

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I headed towards the mountain and almost changed my mind just as I got to the turnoff…and I’m so glad I turned left and didn’t change my mind. The drive up was absolutely magical! The line between where the snow existed and where it didn’t was as if someone had painted it that way. The closer I got to the top, the more beautiful it was. Every needle on every branch of every pine…and every crooked branch of every aspen tree… was dusted with frost and snow.

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The conditions couldn’t have been better. Not only was the landscape beautiful…but, the road was clear and dry. Perfect for someone like me who hates to drive the mountain road in the winter…but LOVES to photograph scenes with fresh snow.

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When I’m taking photos, I not only use my Canon…but I also use my iPhone. All the photos in this post were taken with my iPhone with limited editing with the apps Snapseed and Lightroom.

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This last photo (above) is my favorite from my little drive.

So, I urge you to take every photo opportunity possible when they present themselves. You never know when it will happen again. Pause for a moment! Take the time! Enjoy!

It’s All In How You See Things

Two years ago, my older brother and I started taking a yearly “Brother Sister Road Trip”. Just a day trip to someplace close to home that we’ve either never been to, or haven’t been to in a while. Our mother passed away in 2010, so this is a way for us to spend some quality time together and reminisce.

Our first “Brother Sister Road Trip” took us to Old Fort Laramie. A nearby Historic Site that I hadn’t visited in a few years and my brother hadn’t been to since a field trip in the 4th Grade.

After touring the grounds for a while, we took a break from the heat of the day on the porch of one of the old buildings. My brother was snapping photos with his point-and-shoot camera and asked if I had any tips on how he could get better photos. He was frustrated that his looked like snapshots.

When he asked me…I had never really thought about it, or had to explain what I see when I take photos. I told him, I guess I just see things different. After I thought about it a bit, I offered these few simple tips.

The few simple things I do when taking photos is try to get a different angle, a different view, a different perspective of something. Get lower, go higher, step to the side rather than straight on. Just a little bit of seeing things different, can create a much more dramatic or interesting image.

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For example, I took the photos in this post just this past weekend in the mountains. When trying to compose an interesting landscape shot, I turned around and noticed moss and lichen on boulders behind me. All of a sudden I was more interested in those images rather than the larger landscape. And by getting at ground level with the lichen it made it more interesting. The moss happened to be at eye level on a boulder when I turned around. Most people wouldn’t have even noticed.

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The lichen on the rock above, is the same rock in the lower right hand corner of the first photo.

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This moss was at my eye level on a big boulder behind me.

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I took this image of beaver chewed trees by kneeling down to be more at eye level.

Take the time to notice not only the big picture, but the smaller details around you, too.