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.
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