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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thoughtful Photo Wednesday

Since I read about this kind of photo in a Galen Rowell book, I've tried it with all of my dogs. Shyla is the first to make her own rainbow, now two times in a row (this photo was taken this morning). I wonder what it means?

I do know how thankful I am that Shyla is in my life. She's helped me to look to the future with happy anticipation. I still feel the big hole in my life left by K's death but this little girl has helped me to live in the present and treasure each day again.

She and her brother have become close friends. They frequently lounge on the bed that you gave to K when she was sick - and I imagine K looking down on them with approval.

Shyla embraces all the time that we spend in the forest. She watches the sun set with us almost every day.

Do you see the bird flying through the orange clouds? Imagine his view of the sunset.

Almost dusk... time to walk home.
I learned yesterday that one of my mentors from when I was just starting out my adult life passed away. Now, almost all of my early mentors are gone from this Earth, making me feel sad. They helped me to become who I am today. But, the news was also another reminder to seize each day because our time here is finite.


  1. Beautiful photos, thought provoking, and your words a reminder of our days here, Grab them with both hands, hold on tight and enjoy the good times,be brave through the sad, share with others, accept all that comes, and love with all your heart. Greetings from Jean

  2. I'm so sorry about your mentor. But so glad you can always Seize the Day.
    Wonderful picture of Shyla R and those incredible sunsets....

  3. Beautiful; words, photos, message, all of it. Shyla is so stunning.
    I'm sorry for the loss of your mentor :(

  4. Beautiful photos and words.
    We're so sorry to hear of the loss of your mentor :'(
    Sherlock,Ash and Travler xx

  5. Amazing photo of the rainbow and Shyla. Rainbows as you know are a sign of hope--I think Shyla in many ways, is your 'hope dog.' She's your bright shining light which has kept the 'darkness' at bay and given you the dreams for tomorrow and allowed you to see the beauty of today...

  6. Glorious photographs. It is so sad to lose those who helped us become the people we are. And yes, it reminds us that our time here is finite and precious and we must make the most of it.

  7. Incredible photos - every single one of them. Shyla came into your life at a time when you most needed her. I so hope she will be by your side for a very long time. Love the pics of R and Shyla together - so nice to see how well they have bonded. R needed her too:)

    Very sorry about the loss of your mentor, but it is obvious that your mentors helped you become a wonderful person.

  8. I do see the birds in the phot0 and I wonder what they think when they see the beauty.
    I also believe the rainbow is for hope. Hope for all of you.
    I am sorry about your mentor,,, its so sad to see them leave us,,,
    but hang onto what they taught you- and try to hear them whisper to you in the wind.
    I love the photos of R and Shyla.. and i want to say- thank you for being there for all of us- even during the says when you struggle. I wish I was strong like you.
    we love you

  9. That first picture is absolutely breathtaking! And of course I love the one of the two together in the bed!

    I am so sorry that your mentor passed away ...but I know she/he will live on in you.

    Your pal, Pip

  10. So how do you take a picture of your dog, creating a rainbow?

  11. I'm sorry that your mentor passed away, but you should feel lucky that you can say you had one. I can't recall anyone in my life that I would consider a mentor.

    I love all the pictures today but my favorite is of Shyla and R together.


  12. Your photos are lovely, I hope I can one day take photos like these!

  13. So beautiful, you know K is watching
    Benny & Lily

  14. I love how R looks so much like a serious big brother next to Shyla being silly! What would we do without our dogs to bring us joyful moments when we need them most?

  15. Magnificent photos, and beautiful words. Thank you, KB.
    I am sorry to hear of your loss.

  16. We are sorry to hear about your mentor KB. But are glad that he/she were in your life to guide you.
    I think the rainbow means that Shyla will bring much color and beauty into your life.

  17. We're sure your mentor was proud of you; through your photos and your blog, you're passing on the lessons your mentor shared with you. That's the best tribute you can offer.

    The photo of Shyla making a rainbow is incredible. How does that work? Can R make one, too? Maybe the effect needs the chocolate furs?

    Hoping no news is good news on Shyla's medical tests. Keeping our paws crossed.

  18. What beautiful images and words today. I find myself becoming aware of the finite aspect of time in different layers. I am very sorry to hear about your mentor's passing!

  19. Your mentors are not gone from this Earth they have become a part of their finest! You are their legacy and I know each and every one is proud.

    Seize each day and live life with quiet nobility and peace for you, too, are someone's mentor!

  20. The photos are beautiful, so peaceful. I am sorry to read of your loss. I will say a prayer for you. The picture of the 2 pals snuggling together is amazing.

    Anne and Sasha

  21. Ann....from...Outer Banks of NC....said...So sorry for your loss KB...Mentors have a special way of teaching things that we need to know and to live by me ...the rainbow symbolizes "all that is beautiful" I call it the colors of love....And love is the solid rock that we stand on...Shyla and R are just so cute heart-warming...sending prayers and blessings........HUGS

  22. And so, you mentor others. Teaching us all, bringing us along gently, firmly as your mentor did with you. And so the cycle of life continues: Celebrate! and give gratitude. Always, always. The grateful heart receives and gives.

    Thank you! ~jeanne, and rex (woof)

  23. Condolences on the loss of your special person. Think of this person often and the special things you learned from him/her, and pass them on!

    I love Shyla's rainbow picture. Such a beauty! Wonderful that she and R get on so well. R is Shyla's mentor in many ways.

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  24. I am very sorry for your loss and I hope that person will live on in your heart. The picture of the two of them in the bed is priceless. I love the one of Shyla and the rainbow...I, too, wonder if it means something special??

  25. yeh i know what you mean, just like with shyla my stormy has helped me to treasure each day with him... he is such a smiley little chap that he makes it so much easier missing deefa, i cant be sad because he just never stops grinning at me :D

    i say treasure every day like its your last, never do tommorrow what you can do today and smile as much as you can, its infectious!!!

    Lots and lots of Love

    Charlene and Stormy

  26. What beautiful photos! We love the one of Shyla and R resting together.
    We're so sorry to hear about your mentor, KB.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  27. Carpe Diem indeed! We think that ALL your mentor's in life would be very proud of the person you've become! You have an incredibly BIG heart.

    Your pictures tell such a beautiful story today KB.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  28. Very sorry to hear of your loss but the reminder to live life to the fullest every single day is one we should all follow.

    The rainbow photo of Shyla is amazing. It's almost as if K's spirit is reaching down from the Bridge and touching Shyla as a reminder that K will always be with you.

  29. What better way to seize the day than capture the sunrises and sunsets! I, too, am so sorry for yet another loss for you. You've given Galen a rainbow run for the money!

  30. Hi KB, I wrote a post yesterday before leaving for work, went to post it and poof it was gone and I didn't have an opportunity to rewrite it. :(
    I am so to hear of the loss of your mentor, that mentor has taught you well.
    I know I have been somewhat silent on posting here. I just can't find the words to express my feelings adequately concerning the recent developments with Shayla. Please know you and your pack are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  31. I'd love a photo like that of Sam! We will have to try it.


  32. Beautiful photos!

    Sorry to hear about your mentor passing away. I know that must be difficult. So glad though that you have special memories of that person!

    Love that Shyla and R have bonded so well! :)

  33. Sorry for your mentor, always hurting. Great pictures you show as always.....Shyla looks lovely

  34. I think Shylas's rainbows are K watching over her! Letting you know she is always there. :) I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of one of your mentors. As we get older these are stark reminders, yes, to seize everyday, every moment!

  35. I am glad you have Shyla there to help heal the hole in your heart.


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