Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Photo Shootout - Domesticated

Or not. I went out this morning to take my super-duper knock-it-out-of-the-park photo, the one I'd been looking forward to. I drove over to the Parkway walkway and walked up to the farm where the alpacas live. What better than a photo of alpacas? How domesticated can you get?

Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men and me. No alpacas to be seen, anywhere. Okay. I would just take photos of some of the rabbits that live nearby, the ones who used to be domesticated (or whose not-too-remote ancestors used to be domesticated) but who now live in a semi-wild state along the walkway. Semi-wild is like semi-domesticated, right?

No rabbits. Not one. The place is positively teeming with them, but they were all hiding in their burrows, snickering and shushing one another and saying "Don't make a sound, Flopsy!" and snickering some more.

Fine. If that's the way they're going to be. I had a look in my camera to see whether I had any suitable photos already, but the only animal on the chip was this one.

Definitely not domesticated.

I packed the camera along for the day, figuring that somewhere along the line, surely, I would come across a domesticated animal. And in the middle of the afternoon, I did. I met Annie.

Isn't she pretty? Annie is eleven years old, and she lives somewhere in the north end of Nanaimo - or so I assume, as that's where I met her. She was enjoying a personal stop outside the mall. Her man told me that he and his wife adopted Annie four years ago. When she first arrived, apparently she said something like "All your furnitures are belong to me!" and wouldn't listen to reason, but now, after a great deal of retraining, she is quite domesticated, and her people have their furniture back. Annie is a Border Collie/Shepherd cross, so she has a lot of intelligence going for her. When I told her people that I wanted to photograph Annie for my blog, they asked how they could find the photo online, so I gave them my card. I hope they find their way to The Turtle. They - and Annie, of course, made my day. As such, I'll end with a song in Annie's honour.

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Sarah Lulu said...

Isn't that funny ...I also wanted to take a photo of alpacas and they were missing from here too!

Sara Williams said...

Oooh those animals! They knew you wanted their photos and hid!

I loved Annie though, she is so pretty with nice colours x

Anonymous said...

Nice photos of the deer and Annie. And that John Denver song does get round :)

Barry said...

I just wanted to wish you a Happy Arrrr! This being International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Oh, and Annie too!

Sandra Leigh said...

Good morning. Sarah Lulu and Sara, I wonder whether it was a Holiday for Alpacas. Maybe they were all inside, feasting or something.

Thanks, Subby - I'll be 'round to see you shortly.

Barry, Ooh, aarrr. Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day to you, too, me matey!

AngelMay said...

Annie is very pretty, Sandra! Lucky you happened to meet her. I'm halfway afraid to wander around with a camera here in my town -- someone will mistake me for a tourist. ;o)

GingerV said...

excellent and worth the wait. last night when I was crossreferencing and quiestioned you being off the list i was going to send you and email.... your profile does not reference an email address, in this case it would have been useful.

great dialog.

Reya Mellicker said...

What a sweet post! Annie is adorable, and so is the deer, though definitely not domestic!

Debbie said...

That is the way life works! Spontaneity is the only thing we can count on:)

The Unbreakable Child said...

Look at Annie's smile, beautiful!! And beautiful deer photo!! x0

Sandra Leigh said...

Angel May, the trick is to be seen frequently and all over town, clicking your camera at everything. Then you will be taken for a professional photographer, rather than a tourist. >)

GingerV, thanks for noticing.

Reya, even the deer is kinda sorta domestic. He was hanging out in my friend's front yard, posing for the camera.

Indeed, Debbie.

Hey, Kimmi! Yes, it is a beautiful smile, isn't it? She seemed to be a very sweet dog, and her people were inordinately proud of her.

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