Cobra(-ish) Pose

Cobra-ish PoseOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/2.5
1/6400 sec
ISO 200

I think I find it more amusing that I should that there’s a lizard doing what looks like a Cobra pose…  Anyway, I have a somewhat funny story about these guys.  This is an Australian Water Dragon, an adorable and harmless creature that is really quite shy and likes to sunbake.  It is clearly NOT a Komodo dragon, the metres-long predator that could probably eat me if I encountered it.  I actually spent lots of years thinking these were Komodo dragons…. I should explain that I didn’t think that these guys would eat me, I just clearly had no idea what a Komodo dragon really was.

Moving on. I find it interesting that different types of Water Dragons seem to run differently.  Some run on all fours, but I’ve seen some hilariously hitch up on their hind legs and sprint off in that manner.  It’s adorable, even when they charge at you (the one above did, right after I took the photo).

PS: Merry Christmas all!

Doggy MacGuyver

Doggy MacGuyverOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/100 sec
ISO 400

While I applaud your ability to improvise and manage to sleep absolutely anywhere, Phillip, seriously.  There are pillows around, just grab one and use that.  The leg of that Ikea chair doesn’t look all that comfortable.

Curiosity + Dog = Nightmare To Walk

Curious Dog = A Nightmare To Walk

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/8000 sec
ISO 125

We recently took Phillip on a bit of a mini-adventure.  Well, to be fair, Tiff was the one that decided, given that she said: “I don’t think Phillip is getting enough intellectual stimulation”.  Now, although golden retrievers are generally known to be fairly lazy, I think Phillip takes it to a whole new level.  He likes to lie on his side pretty much all day and you can literally push him along the ground without him reacting.

So! We walked him down to the nearest playground (yes, human playground).  There’s something you need to know about him, though.  He is a very, very curious dog, so it’s pretty much impossible for him to walk in a straight line.  His walking path is basically about as straight as a drunken ant… not that I’ve ever really seen a drunken ant, but I imagine it wouldn’t really walk straight.  So here he is, stopping to sniff at something for about the 200th time this walk.

 

What’s The Mat-ter?

What's The Mat-ter?

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/500 sec
ISO 200

So Phillip does this thing that is simultaneously adorable and a little annoying.  Golden Retrievers are very smart, you see, and he’s learned that if he picks up random objects in his mouth, Humans will come running towards him.  I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s a really fun game, so he does it whenever he feels like he’s not getting enough attention.  Sometimes it’s a stuffed toy, sometimes it’s a mat (as above), but usually it’s a shoe.  I’m pretty sure that this is some sort of accidental form of classical conditioning that he’s wisely learned over his years on Earth.

Except.. I just can’t shake the feeling that he’s Pavlov and we’re his dogs, not the other way around:

Okay Humans, whenever I pick something up, you come running.  Reeeady…. GO!

Magic water thing? Oh Yay!

Magic water thing?Yay Fresh water!

 

Phillip here does have a few water bowls scattered around the place – one of which is placed under this water tap.  He’s a very smart dog though, and he’s figured out that the water in his bowl comes from the tap.  On warmer days, he’ll do this thing where he trots up to the tap, stares at it, and wonders why nothing’s coming out of it.  Then he stares at you:  “You. Human. Fix this.”

 

It’s the most adorable thing in the world, especially since he just looks so happy drinking fresh tap water.

OH HI WHAT’S THAT?!

OH HI WHAT'S THATPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/5000 sec

So Phillip seemed like he was getting restless, so we took him for a walk to the local park.  Alternatively, Tiff seemed to think he needed some more intellectual stimulation.  As soon as I pulled out my camera to try and take some pictures, his interest piqued!  It’s not as if he hasn’t seen my camera before, so maybe he was feeling like a bit of a poser that day.

Home Is On Top of a Dog House

Where Phillip LivesLumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/500 sec
ISO 200

Everyone’s favourite beagle (hint: it’s Snoopy) once said that home is on top of a dog house.  Now, Phillip doesn’t have the agility (nor the energy, frankly) to get on top of his dog house, but he does have one!  He doesn’t really go in there except for the colder months – I guess you could call him a free-range dog?  Actually, being a fully grown golden retriever, he barely fits inside anymore anyway.

I noticed some of the fantastic submissions on Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenges had started using a small hint of colour to really enhance their monochrome photos.  I only just figured out how to do that in Lightroom, so I thought I’d give it a go.