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Every now and then the ocean calls my name and a beach day is in order.  Winter is my favorite time to visit as there are few people and the solitude is what I love about being at the seashore.  I dream of living closer one day, but for now I will go as often as I can.  The long drive is worth it as I know that the sea is my destination!

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Last week I posted a sunrise image that I shot while on my way to The National Dog Show.  Here’s the link  http://betsydallasphoto.com/WordPressNew/?p=12780
It featured layers of trees and rolling hills shrouded in early morning fog.  The scene above was what I saw when I turned around and looked to where the sun was rising over the farms behind me.  The sky was glowing and there was fog here as well – just settling in behind the trees.  In the foreground there were several different types of grasses which, due to the long lens I was using, are out of focus.  I would love your constructive criticism on this image.  I’m struggling with it a bit.  I think I would prefer if the grass was not in the foreground, however, there was no way to avoid that given my vantage point.  Your thoughts?

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Here’s a breed that you may not see every day at the park … the Bergamasco.  This breed is a herding dog with three different types of hair.  The flocks or loose mats that cover the dog’s body protect it from predators and weather.  Such a fun dog to watch in the show ring … and probably everywhere else for that matter!

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Reserve Best in Show (which wasn’t shown on TV) at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina went to English Springer Spaniel, “Timmy” (GCh Cerise Blindside) with handler Howard Huber, Jr.  From my observation, Timmy apparently loves to give kisses!  If anyone has a particular breed that they would like to see, let me know and I’ll check my photos from the show and post your favorites!

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A dusting of snow would be a nice addition to this scene at the Christmas tree farm.  When I was little and we had a real tree, our family purchased it at a local outdoor lot where the trees were already cut, bundled and ready to go.  Every time I pass a lot with the bright light bulbs overhead and trees lined up, I think of dad and I going out to pick a tree while mom was at home getting all of the ornaments ready for decorating.  It was usually a Sunday afternoon and when we got home, dad would make sure the tree wasn’t too tall for the living room and then he would anchor it to the wall so it wouldn’t fall over.  Then mom and I spent the rest of the day decorating while dad watched football.  In the evening, dad would set up the train and I added the village around it.  Our display was complete!

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