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Serious Dog Portraits

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Foxy At Deep Creek Lake

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I have been trying for years to get a nice portrait of a fox.
I recently reached my goal.

It was the middle of the day. While driving down a country road near Deep Creek Lake, MD., we saw a red fox trotting along the double yellow lines.

Every time our car stopped, the fox paused and turned around to look at us. The fox seemed as curious about us as we were about it.

After a few hundred yards of this back and fourth, the fox darted off into a field and stopped again looking back as I fired off a few frames from my car window.

Bingo!

Below is another shot of the fox as it ran thru the field.

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Above is one more fox photo I wanted to include in this post just for the fun of it!

DockDogs

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Regional DockDogs Championships at the WISP resort at Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, MD. web dock dog three

When I saw that the weekly photo challenge was “Companionable,” I could not think of a better group of my pictures that would illustrate this theme than what I photographed at the DockDogs event.

Everyone and every animal truly seemed to enjoy this competition.
The championships consisted of different events where dogs were judged on their longest leap into a pool and on how fast they could retrieve an object after diving into a pool. Please see more photos below.

What struck me most (in addition to the pure athletic ability of these dogs) was the bond developed between the dogs and their human companions evident during every part of the event.

What always drew me to sports photography when I was a working photojournalist was capturing the human emotion of a game or competition, even more so than just getting the action.

I was pleased with some of these photos because I was able to combine the athleticism of the dogs as well as the excitement of their “coaches” in one frame.

If you have the opportunity to attend a DockDogs event in your area, be sure to do it. It is really a lot of fun and you will meet a lot of nice people who really love their dogs. I hope you enjoy some of the other photos below.

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11 Comments

  1. Love the shots of these dogs. They have heart and it shows! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  2. Great shots of the Dock Dogs! I can’t believe I missed it on TV this year. The fox was very beautiful and I felt right there with it, enjoying its beauty. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for the nice comments Debbie!

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      1. You are very welcome. By the way, I love your name – I See Beauty All Around…that is how I feel. 🙂

        Wishing you a great New Year!!

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  3. The fox photos are incredible !!!

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    1. Thanks, I really enjoyed taking that photo, it was quite the experience.

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  4. My favorite are the dog ones! I love the expressions on the owner’s faces. It’s hilarious how dogs look like their owners. Great work!

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  5. what a great event! dogs are wonderful companions 🙂

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    1. Yes, it was really a lot of fun. I think the nationals are being held in November.

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      1. cool! I think I’ll be offshore most of the month 😦

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