Posts tagged “animals

Spot the …

Ruby loves to play hide-and-seek

Among the trees –


While Simmie says

Peekaboo with snow.


What about this photo –

Can you spot the dog?


What about now? Only teasing –

I think this is a fox we spotted in the field.


It was lying down in the snow and got up with difficulty.

It was much bigger than Simmie so, at first, I thought it was a wolf.

We looked at each other for a long time – each of us not so different from the other.

Then we went our separate ways.


For more furry and non-furry shots, please visit: Our World.


Deer gazing

Autumn is a good time for the deer:

One minute you only see fields,

And the next minute, the deer are there.


Their dance is perfectly synchronized:

Eyes front …


Eyes right

(And look surprised).


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And enjoy the golden light of autumn.

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For more deer-ling experiences, go to: Our World.

Warning: Dogs at play!

During the Christmas break, we looked after Jessie, one of Ruby’s puppies from 2014.

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She and Simmie spent a long time

Chasing each other through frozen, silver grasses.


After a cold and invigorating swim,

The play continued.

(Can you see the water drops flying through the air?)

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To an outsider, it might have looked

As if they were fighting —

But really it was more like love and frolicking

Between two really good friends.


For more play, please visit: Our World.

Puppy love – again!

Ruby gave birth to five healthy puppies last week!

It’s too soon for us to visit, so I’ve gone back in my archives

To find photos of her last litter of pups – from July last year.


I hope you don’t mind.

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After all, who can resist those sweet furry faces


Or big soulful eyes?

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And – what’s even better – is that puppies

Grow up to be beautiful dogs – like Ruby.

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For more love, please visit: Our World.


On the ranch

There’s nowhere better to be

Than on the ranch on a hot summer’s day.

My hot dog, Oscar, and I can just hang out

Oscar and horse

And friends are always willing to give him a hug.

Oscar and spade

You can meet beautiful horses

Not afraid to roll in the mud


And, best of all, children can find

Good friends willing to share

The same hairstyle

And the same intense look of friendship.

Arc and Kickan

For more friendly creatures, please visit: Camera Critters.

True grit, love and snow

A girl, an Icelandic horse and a snowstorm.

For me, this embodies stoicism,

Spirit, true grit

And love.

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For more amazing animals, please visit: Camera Critters.

Horse breath

It’s that time of year…

When breath become visible

And whiskers shimmer in the sun.

“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” — Gregory Maguire

For more gorgeous creatures, please visit: Camera Critters.


Into the boundless

Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home! — Zhuangzi

It’s summer and time

To throw yourself into the blue

If you’re a dog called Oscar.

For more boundless shots, please visit: Camera Critters.

Sunset dog

A couple of weeks ago

A magical mist swept over the frozen lake

Just as the sun was setting.

And everything, including Oscar,

Was enveloped in a beautiful scarf of colours.

For more colourful pets, please visit: Camera Critters.

Check out Your Sunday Best too.

Of Shakespeare and baboons

Alexander McCall Smith, whom I wrote about recently, has started up The No. 1. Opera House project in a small, converted garage just outside Gaborone, Botswana. This tiny garage is a restaurant by day and an opera house by night. A full house is 60 seats.

The first opera will have its premiere there in October of this year and it is called The Okavango Macbeth. Apparently, the opera explores the themes of Macbeth set amongst a colony of baboons.

baboonfight1That must be Lady Macbeth on the left! Photo taken by Max Waugh

Perhaps with their clear social hierarchies, they too have Lady Macbeth issues!

Or maybe it’s just a case of monkey business?

Actually, I love the idea of having classics in new settings…

How about Romeo and Juliet, with their families fighting like  … well … cats and dogs?

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

And what about Othello? Green with jealousy over his beloved Desdemona – set among chameleons?


Jealous Othello

And, of course, we mustn’t forget this passionate couple…

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

… Antony and Cleopatra!

You know what? The phone’s ringing off the hook (I’ve often wondered about this expression. I mean, if it’s off the hook, then it can’t ring. But I digress…) and my house is surrounded by movie moguls who want to buy the rights to my idea. They’re stampeding like wild elephants.


I only hope they give me an offer that is ‘herd’ to resist.