This is where I will be posting photos as I learn to take photographs that I like. Most will be taken while I wander outside on our 40 acres just outside Skiatook, OK. I expect to post many photos of dogs, cats, chickens and horses, as well as insects and plants.
It has been just over one year since Hawken and I took a photography class from Doug Henderson to learn how to use my camera and capture the images our eyes could see. Thanks, Doug, for your enthusiastic guidance into a new (to us) and intriguing world of creativity! Doug’s website (posted by permission of Doug, himself) is http://www.douglashenderson.com/ and his blog can be found at http://www.douglashenderson.com/wordpress/. Please visit and enjoy!
I guess there is more I could tell about myself that someone might find either interesting or informative. I grew up with 4 siblings between Richfield Springs and Schuyler Lake, 2 small towns in New York State. We hiked and ran and rode our ponies up and down the hill behind our house, swam and canoed in Canadarago Lake, explored water life in the lake and in the pond and stream on our property, and grudgingly worked some in the garden. In season, we picked wild strawberries, blackberries, black & red raspberries, thimble berries, gooseberries and red currants as well as several varieties of apples from what must have been a small orchard sometime in our home’s past. Much of the time we heated with wood, either as a supplement to the furnace or as our main source of heat, so that meant we also went up into our woods with our father and his chainsaw, tractor, and wagon to gather the wood we would need each winter. Usually (always?), I rode a pony or horse up and down the hill and tied him or her nearby while I worked.
In the background we always had a variety of domestic animals, cats, dogs, chickens, Muscovies, pigs, sheep, cattle, rabbits, even turkeys. Their care and their antics formed a huge part of our entertainment. To this day I enjoy watching and interacting with animals.
I spent time in Japan, many, many years ago. I still can understand and speak a very little Japanese – 日本語をまだすこしだけ分かります。息子といっしょに勉強しています。
Also, we homeschool our children. My husband and I have 2 boys, one born in 1994 and the other born in 1999. I wish they were able to spend more time wandering our 40 acres, but they ride in to work with us daily and go about their schoolwork in the office with us. We don’t just take the boys to work with us, we also take 3 dogs. Buttercup, a 7-year-old (in 2011) Dutch Shepherd, is Bridger’s dog. Zookie, a 2-year-old Great Pyrador, is Mike’s dog. And Missis is a 17-year-old Dalmatian. We got her when Hawken was about 3 years old and she was about 2 years old. When we get to work, we are greeted noisily by Maximus, the shop cat, who apparently misses us when we are gone. While we do have horses and ponies, they are really mine and have not become as essential a part of my family’s life as I might have expected. This is partly my fault, as they are really not trained and I have neglected that training, and partly due to the inclinations of my children. Let me just state for the record that an untrained horse or pony was no deterrent to me riding it when I was a child!