Benny Gettinger: Photo-Graphic Artist

Posts tagged “yard

A New Member of the Family

Daisy

Our new puppy "Daisy"

Let me just begin by saying that I’ve wanted to have 2 dogs from the very beginning…. When we bought Pita (our 3-year-old fawn boxer), I lobbied for getting two. Every time we see dogs for sale, I try to get my wife over to pet them (and hopefully get all gooey so she’ll get one).

Finally, this past weekend my dreams came true! We saw some boxers for sale, so my wife and I decided to go play with them. When we pulled up, we found that half the little was completely white – which isn’t very common. They were selling at a good price, and since my wife really likes white puppies we ended up getting one!

Her name is Daisy because my wife’s favorite flowers are daisies, and they come in white.

Daisy helping me mow

Today I mowed the yard and the dogs were outside with me. I was a little worried about mowing with this new puppy. She always seems to walk in front of us or between our legs, so I wasn’t sure how cautious she would be around a lawn mower. At one point I experienced a moment of panic when I looked around and didn’t see her anywhere. I discovered that she was actually following right behind me! Up and down the rows we went, and she rarely lagged behind more than a foot or so.
We really enjoyed mowing the yard together, but I learned one thing about having an all-white dog…

Lawnmower Puppy

Lawnmower Puppy

…it’s tough to get the grass stains out!

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More Joy of Spring

Today was a beautiful Saturday here in Kentucky.  I decided that, with the nice spring weather, I would fill in some patchy spots in my lawn.  My dog, Pita, and I embarked on a mission to gather the necessary supplies.  I put down a little topsoil and began casting the grass seed by hand (New Testament parable style) when I noticed that Pita was starting to think this was some kind of game.  I would throw the seed and she would run through it like it was her wedding or something.  It was really cute, but she was starting to hinder the process a bit, so I had to put her on the deck and close the gate.  But when I finished seeding, I played fetch with her favorite toy and let her run through the sprinkler.

Everybody knows that when you plant grass, you must water it.

After a while she became tired, and it occurred to me that it was a beautiful day to take some pictures.  So I grabbed my glass and a tripod and started making some HDRs to document my afternoon.


Pita's favorite toy is this mini basketball with a rope in it.

Pita, weary from an afternoon of joy.

It’s not easy taking a 3-exposure HDR of a dog – requires a lot of shooting/deleting.

I’m trying to push myself to pick up the camera a little more often, just to keep in good shape.  Spring is really helping to motivate me 🙂