Black Cats

One of the most photogenic creatures on earth is a cat. Of course I don’t have much opportunity to photograph lions and tigers, but the common house cat is just as beautiful. Seriously.

I was at the Humane Society adoption event this Saturday taking the available animals photos and they had brought in a new black cat. I was completely enamoured by this cat. When you think of a “Halloween Cat” this is the cat you picture. Her eyes are fantastic. I could not leave her crate, I kept shooting until I could get the perfect shot of those EYES!


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There was little to no post processing done with this photo. The 24-70 is just that sharp. Oh how I love it!


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I just love those eyes.


Both photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70 f/2.8L II lens in natural light by window

Did you say, Pupcorn!?

Today, I decided to arm myself with a pocket full of Pupcorn and take the “big guys” out today to catch some pictures before the rain. The clouds were nice and it wasn’t so stinkin’ hot outside. Humid, though. The lens fogged up the second I walked out. Nothing a good wipe and some palm heat won’t fix. Buckley got left inside this time because he was in the middle of napping, and when that occurs you appreciate the serenity and leave him be.



(Thor will do anything for Pupcorn. Ask him if he “wants a nom nom” and you get a nice head tilt, too.)



(This picture was ridiculously hard to take. Duncan is terrified of my camera for some reason. Plus the neighbor’s dog was barking and he was far more interested in what he had to say than Mommy harassing him to smile.)


All pictures taken with Canon 6D in overcast weather with the 24-70mm f/2.8L II

A Few More Animals from Today…

All dogs pictured in this album are at Dublin Laurens Humane Society at 618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 272-5341
Hours of Operation
Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed – Sun

The cats pictured in this album are for adoption at PetSense (via Humane Society) which is located by the mall in Dublin.

Orange and white kitten  twin #1:


Orange and white kitten twin #2:








Missy again:


Little Black and Tan Boy (AC-2950)



Photos taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens or 24-70mm f/2.8 II lens

More Animals for Adoption (Dublin, Georgia)

Headed out to the Dublin Laurens Humane Society after work. We got some of the dogs that have been at the shelter the longest. Some of these guys (and girls) have been there since January! We need to get them adopted out! Photos and status are current as of posting date.

All dogs pictured in this album are at Dublin Laurens Humane Society at 618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021 Phone: (478) 272-5341 Hours of Operation Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed – Sunday. If you are interested or would like to forward to rescue, PLEASE contact the shelter ASAP.

Hunter (1 year old yellow male lab mix):




Shiloh (young female hound mix):


Missy (1 year old female setter mix):


Fluffy (young female Australian Shepherd mix):


Rocky (young setter/border mix):


Patches (5 month old male pointer mix):


Jasper (5 month old male pointer mix):


All photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.

Pheeding the Pharmacy

Controlled Med Cookies I baked for a colleague of mine who has moved to another VA. They were made to be given and then shared. Everyone got a kick out of the pill cookies. They tasted great this time, too. Kudos to almond flavoring.

Pharmacy humor for those of us who count these, bag these, check these, get yelled and cursed at for these… Now it’s our turn to eat those pills and be merry on our sugar rush! 🙂


Animals for Adoption at Dublin Laurens Humane Society

I haven’t done shelter photography since starting at the VA, so this is going to be a challenge for me, but I am glad to be back. It’s for a good cause and a great excuse to break out the 6D and do what I love. Plus, who can possibly complain about playing with puppies and kittens all Saturday? Not this girl.

Here are some photos I took this weekend for the Dublin Laurens Humane Society at their weekly Saturday adoption event. The kitty cats are available at Petsense by the mall through the Humane Society and the doggies are at their facility in Dublin.

THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE. These are only the animals that were at the adoption event on Saturday that did not get adopted. Sadly, there are MANY more dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies available for adoption that are at the shelter. I haven’t taken all of the photos yet, but there are many more to choose from.

Contact information:

Dublin Laurens Humane Society
618 Firetower Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 272-5341
Hours of Operation
Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thur – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed – Sun
















All photos taken with Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.4 lens

Fontastic: “Flavor and Frames”

One of my favorite things to do when poking around on the internet is finding great fonts to download. Most designers thrive on nifty fonts. However, most people are only familiar with the fonts that are loaded onto your computer. They are all fairly standard. Your Times New Roman, Comic Sans MS, Verdana, Arial and its many variations. Everyone sees these guys; they’ve been gracing popular  websites since the 90’s (Just for fun: Check out the Times New Roman font on Yahoo! homepage from July 5, 1998 — thank you Wayback Machine.) Folks may not know the name offhand, but they recognize good ol’ TNR. However, when you are trying to be creative, you are constantly looking for new ways to create the title of a newsletter, a logo for your business, or a watermark for your photos, and you don’t want to use any of the aforementioned fonts. They are decades old, and classics never die; but if you watched Forrest Gump every single day, it would get boring. Nobody wants their business to sport Times New Roman 12 point double spaced font. Save that for the term papers and 90’s websites.


One font people commonly overlook as being useful is something like Wingdings. This is called a Dingbat font. These are fonts that aren’t usually “letters” but little pictures. Most people remember that the capital J in Wingdings makes a smiley face. (How useful!)


What people often don’t know is that there are other Dingbat fonts out there… of almost anything imaginable. Some are useful while some or not. I can’t say that I would ever need to use Restroom Signs TFB for any practical purpose. But who knows; someone might need a dingbat of a stick figure sitting on the commode. (Just in case you’re wondering, it is a lowercase “b”.)

So, while meandering around on, I started looking at Kimberly Geswein (KG) fonts. Let me just go on the record and say that I love them. Most of her fonts are cute and handwriting type fonts, which are great for website and graphic design, especially girly stuff. But better yet are her “Flavor and Frames” series.There are about a million and one hits for “Free Fonts” if you Google it. One of my favorite font websites is I’m not exactly sure why, it’s just clean and user friendly.

This is what I’m talking about (and these graphics aren’t even all inclusive!):

Flavor and Frames 1

Flavor and Frames 2

Flavor and Frames 3

Flavor and Frames 4

When I came across these adorable little dingbats, I got super excited. For a blogger or scrapbooker, or even photographer, these could be used to make logos, greetings, cards, watermarks, invitations, newsletters, etc. The sky is the limit.

Here are just a few fun things I’ve done using Photoshop and KG Flavor and Frames series:






And of course, the header for this blog!

Don’t have photoshop? You can use Microsoft Word to create these things as well for creating graphics for websites, labels, scrapbooking and printing! (If you’d like, I can discuss the “How To’s” of layering and graphic design in Microsoft Word in a later post.)

And there are about a million other things you can do with them… so get to downloading and creating! If you’ve made anything with them, please share. The sky is the limit.