Dogs of Spokane be on alert: I am obsessed with your noses.
And your toes.
It’s kind of my thing, in case you couldn’t tell by the name of my photography business. I can never resist the urge to drop a kiss bomb on your cute little nose or even boop your snoot.
Bella’s nose is a little bit crooked, a little bit screwed up and a lotta bit covered in kisses.
My best guess is that the tilt comes from her attitude. You know … when your mom used to say, “If you keep looking at me like that, your face is going to freeze that way.”
She’s all attitude that Bella.
Speaking of attitude
We paid a visit to the off-leash dog park in Stateline this week.
This little one was trucking around the wooded path all on her own, her owner probably meandering around another part of the park.
She wouldn’t let me close enough to get a good shot of her snoot, exactly what I was after since noses are the topic for this week’s worldwide pet photographers blog circle.
I’ve no idea what her name is. I called her Sadie, because she looks like a Sadie. I give all the dogs I meet new names if I don’t know what their real one is.
In my Spokane Valley neighborhood alone, we’ve had Big Daddy (a great Pyrenees who moved away), Squeals, Smiles, Mr. Snarls, The Boss, Bandit and Ali (a boxer, of course).
Amazing dogs of Spokane
Oh yes, all of the dogs of Spokane are special.
Some are extra special, though, like service dogs, Vinny and Lobo, to whom I introduced you last week.
And then there’s the other Bella in my life.
A mini Australian doodle, this special girl is the sweetest little bundle of curls. She is a hospice dog, a therapy dog, a crisis response dog, and an educational dog with Avista Utilities.
I first met Bella in January when I was asked to photograph her participation in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in downtown Spokane.
I then became her personal photographer for a few months, accompanying her to visits at a seniors home for Valentine’s Day, classroom work at elementary schools, and a day at Riverfront Park.
She’s gentle, friendly, loving and an amazing comfort.
She is truly one of my favorite dogs of Spokane and when I asked her this week if I could get nice and close for an image of her nose, she happily obliged.
Stay tuned for a big story on our Bella from another mother soon.
Nose full of nectar
I bought a new lens.
Yes, another one.
I felt like I needed another prime lens, a 105mm. I managed to find the older Nikkor f/2.8 on Amazon used for about $225. Is it as fancy as the $1,800 f/1.4? Nope.
But it is a macro lens, and it will do a rather nice job of picking up the itty bitty details on our dogs of Spokane, like the pebble in Bella’s nose.
Wait … which Bella? Both of them!
And, not like I’m a fan of getting close to stinging insects at work but I caught this on the marigolds in my backyard on the first day I had it.
All around the circle
The nice thing about the new prime lens is that it’s a heck of a lot lighter than my 70-200mm. While that lens is my workhorse, it might be nice to go hiking with a bit of a lighter backpack.
We’ll find out soon!
In the meantime, let’s head out into the world and see more snoots.
Click the link at the bottom of Kylee’s post to get to the next post and so on. When you get back here to blooms at Manito Park, you know you’re home.
Right where you belong.