Model skies

It was one of those rare evenings of delight: with that magical combination of kids, dog and a glorious sunset in the chilly air.

We ran up the hill to watch the sun setting and were greeted by a friendly photographer.

“At last! I can add some interest to my shots!” he exclaimed as he took artful pictures of us silhouetted against the canvas of the sky.

I decided to take my own photos as the man snapped his.

The dog, Oscar, was the star. The man wanted to take shots of him shaking himself dry and jumping into the lake.

Just as we thought we were satisfied, he came up with the idea of trying to capture the splash of the dog in harmony with the splash of the stick.

Modelling is a hard job, but Oscar performed his duties with joyful abandon.

He was sad when it was time to go home… and jumped in again. This time just for fun.

The man cycled off into the dwindling night while a wet dog, two chilly kids and I made our way home to a warm bath and hot chocolate.

A model ending to a magical evening.

For more joyful photos, please visit: Skywatch.

66 responses

  1. i adore the last shot of the doggie in mid-air… reminds me of my own water loving dog

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    October 7, 2010 at 16:49

  2. That’s one trouper of a dog!

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    October 7, 2010 at 17:22

  3. You have THE happiest dog. Great photographs!

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    October 7, 2010 at 17:32

  4. He does make a pretty good model.

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    October 7, 2010 at 17:44

  5. They are all beautiful – Oscar is a star and the silhouettes of your children are gorgeous. What lovely muted, evening colours!

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    October 7, 2010 at 18:33

  6. Oh what a lovely place for your evening dog walk – the man was right; Oscar is a perfect model.

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    October 7, 2010 at 18:35

  7. SirPe

    Cool idea, and great shots! 😀

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    October 7, 2010 at 19:16

  8. wow. those pictures look most magical…beautiful scenery…

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    October 7, 2010 at 19:19

  9. I’ll tell you what, Oscar is one good-looking model and he doesn’t even expect champagne at his shoots. Or does he?

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    October 7, 2010 at 20:01

  10. Of course Oscar was the star!

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    October 7, 2010 at 20:08

  11. Fab fotos! Oscar deserves an extra special bone for all his hard work . . .

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    October 7, 2010 at 20:12

  12. Oscar is a real star! Great series pictures.

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    October 7, 2010 at 20:47

  13. spectacular.
    the last one in particular.

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    October 7, 2010 at 20:57

  14. These are marvelous photos and I love all of them especially the one with splash not to mention the sun setting makes for a wonderful background.

    P.S. I love those photos of the zen below. Namaste. Great blog btw.

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    October 7, 2010 at 21:10

  15. Another good reason that you should ALWAYS have your camera with you!!!! You just never know when 2 legged and 4 legged models will be ready to perform!! 🙂

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    October 7, 2010 at 21:24

  16. Wow! Take me there! I love the colors and the landscape. Your photos is great:-)

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    October 7, 2010 at 21:28

  17. Beautiful! I wish Oscar could teach Jaco that lakes are FUN not terrifying! We dont take him near water anymore because he acted completely traumatized. It was sad!

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    October 7, 2010 at 22:04

  18. The light and colours are indeed magical! The photos are keepers for sure!

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    October 7, 2010 at 22:36

  19. The perfect post! Gorgeous skies and colors! Love the dog in mid air and, oh yes, the photos are definitely keepers! Delightful post as always! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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    October 7, 2010 at 22:53

  20. Oscar is having the time of his life.

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    October 7, 2010 at 23:01

  21. Great shot! Love the pup in mid air! Beautiful sky also! Sounds like a good time!

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    October 7, 2010 at 23:38

  22. Clive

    …. and I thought Clive’s photos were good! Wish I could get him to jump into water like that! Brillant photos!

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    October 8, 2010 at 00:20

  23. I love the colour and composition in the first shot. Lovely!

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    October 8, 2010 at 00:42

  24. Isn’t Oscar wonderful? I can almost feel I’m there with my dog Lindy, although she wouldn’t be the perfect model Oscar is.

    Kay, Alberta

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    October 8, 2010 at 01:37

  25. Great fun shots. 🙂

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    October 8, 2010 at 03:54

  26. the joy of being a dog!

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    October 8, 2010 at 04:57

  27. magical indeed!

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    October 8, 2010 at 06:33

  28. They are magical. But which of your photo-essays is not. What made this extra special, was the story.

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    October 8, 2010 at 06:37

    • Thanks. I believe that each picture has a story to tell.

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      October 8, 2010 at 08:50

  29. y0ur oscar is amazing.a fulfilling day to both of y0u.

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    October 8, 2010 at 08:01

  30. Blu

    Sounds like a wonderful evening.aaahhhh.

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    October 8, 2010 at 08:23

  31. oh, heaven! Oscar is quite a star! beautiful pastels and silhouettes.

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    October 8, 2010 at 09:22

  32. Such a beautiful evening – it’s hard to tear yourself away and I’m quite sure Oscar would have been happy to continue for a considerable time.

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    October 8, 2010 at 09:57

  33. Through these shots I can feel the magic the day you captured the shots – stunning colors!

    About my shot – it’s captured in Mariestad in Sweden.
    Have a great weekend!

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    October 8, 2010 at 10:06

  34. Stunning!

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    October 8, 2010 at 10:50

  35. Rare! It seems like you Swedish types get a full blown sunset every day!!

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    October 8, 2010 at 10:55

  36. That was a nice set of photos! And so was the story that goes with it! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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    October 8, 2010 at 12:03

  37. Di

    What beautiful shots capturing the perfect moments. I envy your sunsets by the water…they make me sigh.

    DI

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    October 8, 2010 at 12:19

  38. O what precious moments! These photos of sunset colours are stunning!

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    October 8, 2010 at 12:46

  39. Go Oscar. Thanks for sharing your magical evening–I can never get enough sunset colors (perhaps it is because our house is in a river valley and all sunsets are obscured).

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    October 8, 2010 at 16:19

  40. Coy

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful evening!
    I took a little time to roam around your blog and it is very nicely done!
    Thanks you for visiting Country Capture and for your kind comment.
    Coy

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    October 8, 2010 at 17:47

  41. Love the dog jumping in the water!

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    October 8, 2010 at 20:06

  42. these are fabulous ladi fi..my favorite of course is the dog jumping in…you caught the motion perfectly…and the backdrop of the sky and water…WOW!

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    October 8, 2010 at 23:23

  43. Maggie May

    Your photos are amazing. I love the silhouettes of the children against the water and the way the dusky light shines in front of them. It is really effective and that little dog leaping into the water in sheer joyful abandonment is wonderful.
    I’m sure you could win a prize.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    October 8, 2010 at 23:48

  44. Oh how fun!! The photos are all great, of course, but I have to say that last one of Oscar leaping through the air into the water is special.

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    October 9, 2010 at 01:37

  45. You always have such wonderful sky photos!

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    October 9, 2010 at 01:43

  46. These are fantastic shots in every way.. colour.. action.. fun and the story they tell. Just beautiful.

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    October 9, 2010 at 05:18

  47. Fabulous.

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    October 9, 2010 at 09:04

  48. This is wonderful ! ! !
    Wath dogs can tell in a picture!
    Gr.
    P-TER

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    October 9, 2010 at 12:45

  49. Beautiful views of the lake with nice reflections. I am sure Oscar had a real good time.

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    October 9, 2010 at 13:22

  50. Wow, such wonderful captures!

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    October 9, 2010 at 16:50

  51. I love the colors in the sky, and I was expecting a peaceful sunset. Surprise – lots of splashing instead. I love it!

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    October 10, 2010 at 00:55

  52. Nice photos Fi. The sunset made them extra special – Dave

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    October 10, 2010 at 08:57

  53. It looks like a good time was had by all.
    Nice evening sky that contributed to a fun Skywatch post

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    October 10, 2010 at 17:09

  54. JM

    The light is wonderful and so is the place. Great shots!

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    October 10, 2010 at 22:20

  55. What fun images, looks like everyone including the dog is having a great time~

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    October 11, 2010 at 00:54

  56. Oscar’s a star! I’d look for him to be on the cover of a magazine one of these times. Who was that mystery photographer?

    i love the silhouette of the kids — beautiful picture

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    October 11, 2010 at 06:43

  57. What a beautiful location and setting!

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    October 11, 2010 at 13:53

  58. That’s an amazing sunset. Beautiful.

    Congrats on POTW mention for this week…

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    October 13, 2010 at 10:52

  59. land of shimp

    I think I might be a bit stupid this morning, LadyFi but were you taking shots right by his side? Was it a tandem photo shoot? Or did he email you copies?

    Or was there a wizard involved? I love it when that happens!!

    They are gorgeous and well worthy of the POTW mention. A photograph than can make you hear a great “KERPLUNK!” is truly magical.

    You must be the wizard 🙂

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    October 13, 2010 at 16:17

    • Silly me for not clarifying. These shots are the ones I took on my camera while he was snapping away on his.

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      October 13, 2010 at 17:58

  60. Beautiful sunset..and Oscar..well he is the Star..that stick thrower was very good too! Awesome photographs!! 🙂

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    October 16, 2010 at 03:56

  61. I can never get enough of Oscar 🙂

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    October 19, 2010 at 15:32

  62. Just stopping back to say congratulations on Hilary’s POTW award! I’m late, I know, but am just catching up on her posts.

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    October 25, 2010 at 19:21

  63. I just LOVE your last photo. Says everything about what a dog is. And it’s just a gorgeous sunset to boot.

    I’ve been perusing your website and your words and photos are lovely and thought-provoking. Thanks for the visit to me – it let me discover you!

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    October 26, 2010 at 02:37

  64. Wow!! Leaves me so breathless, your pics! Left with no air(!) and no words too! really. magical is the word i think. lovely! beautiful…say more, and the charm would be gone i guess. glad i dropped by! 🙂

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    October 28, 2010 at 06:57

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