Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Last Big Walk of the Year

December 2011 has been an exceptionally mild month here in the Northern Virginia / DC Metro area. The vast majority of the days have made it up into the 50's and we've even cracked 60 once or twice. The nights have rarely dipped into the 30's with even fewer in the 20's. All in all, it's been very pleasant weather (if you are not a skier, that is :-) And I am definitely not!)

I woke up early today and after a nice cuppa joe, headed out with the boys on a long walk......

Any temps over freezing is fair game to Wilson. He LOVES the water and fetching sticks.


The Over-Achiever Retriever!


The Ripple Effect


I can walk on water!
This next one has a neat little rainbow happening thanks to the morning mist and rising sun. I didn't even notice until I loaded the pictures to my PC.

Wilson's pot of gold: An underwater stick!
And saving my favorite for last, Jimmy enjoying his rope swing once again. I love how the light worked in this shot and how you can see the cloud of Jimmy's breath rising.


Like an elephant, Jimmy NEVER forgets where the rope swing is!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Scenes from the Holiday

I've been taking a bit of a blogging break these last several days. There's always so much to do to get ready for Christmas and then even more to clean up from Christmas, that I didn't spend much time with my camera.

Jimmy seemed to dominate the scene. When he gets all jacked-up, Wilson makes himself scarce.

As a time-saver, I set the table for Christmas during the day on Christmas Eve. Jimmy took up his spot, and waited......and waited some more.

Jimmy: I wonder what's taking them so long...........


Keeping an eye out the front door.
  




This is the reason we can't set the gifts under the tree until the very last moment!



Wilson, keeping a wall of gifts between himself and Jimmy.


Well, now it's almost time for the next holiday......Take a deep breath........and PARTY ON!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I saved the last of my Colonial Williamsburg pictures for today. One of the neat things they do for the holiday season is make all their wreaths by hand from all natural products. All the buildings in the historic district participate and there is even a contest to judge the best design. While I don't know which one won, I do have lots of pictures of the wreaths to share......Enjoy!



















Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jimmy Was None Too Pleased Himself

It was pretty obvious from yesterday's post, Wilson wasn't thrilled to be dressed as an elf and then photographed. Normally, he loves to pose, but there's something about being clothed that ruins the whole thing.

Jimmy was no better of a sport. For that matter, he was even more displeased, one might even say, angry with me, for such humiliation.

Here are his less than stellar shots.....


This hat is so damn tight my eyes are about to pop out!


I'd better be getting filet mignon when this is all done!


Monday, December 19, 2011

During This Hectic Holiday Season.......

.....Jimmy and Wilson want to remind you to STOP! and.........



Sorry, but I Still Have More Beach Pictures!

This one is not the best from the technical side, but I still like it!


More with the winter flowers growing right at the dune line.....



And, finally, Wilson, just because he's so darn handsome!


Friday, December 16, 2011

My Guys Have Balls!

......NO! Not that kind! This kind.......






Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just Jimmy!

Starting with my favorite.......
Just look over your shoulder.....

Next, not a great picture for focus, but I love the goofy look.....

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

And another one of the perpetual motion machine that is Jimmy!

Cardigan Welsh Retriever

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scenes of Myrtle Beach......but NCC

NCC....No Corgi Content

Believe it or not, I actually do take pictures of something other than my dogs! Gasp!

I am going to start with my favorite shot from the trip. Clicking the picture should launch a slide show....


This was shot around 4:00 PM so the sun was beginning to set. I love the misty feel of the picture and the golden light.

Here's pretty much the same view, but at midday and bright light. Look at all that beach and no people! The town was so empty while we were there. What a treat!


Next are two shots of some palm trees out in front of our condo building. These were shot looking east over the Atlantic Ocean while the sun was setting. The pink hues and full moon made for a gorgeous sight!



And finally, a sight you may not have seen before if you stay in colder climes during the holiday season....
Decorated palm trees!




We often talk of selling our condo in order to get out from under the work involved in renting it, maintaining it, the long drive, etc., but it's scenes like these that always convince us otherwise!
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