Dog Beach

Oh yes, we have one…this is California after all…

Let me start by saying I own cats…or rather am owned by them. It’s not that I don’t wish I had a dog…but the cats…well, they won’t have it.

I went down to the beach by my house. I do apologise to you folks that are in snow right now…but someone has to live here…and I assure you, you don’t want to make my house payment 😉 So, as I was saying, I took my beloved 5D down to see what was happening down town. The wind was up and the ocean was rough so naturally the windsurfers were out and I stopped to get some shots…yes, they’re coming… do try to be patient.

Anyway, Dog Beach is just up the street and while I’ve ridden my cruiser by it on the bike trail many a time…and driven by it going down Pacific Coast Highway…(of course you have to rubber neck and look over the cliffs so it’s best you aren’t the actual driver)…I don’t think I’ve ever “participated”. Let me explain.

There is apparently some “Inner Ham” quality to a dog that sees a large black camera. It was evident in the many times I was “ran down”. Oh I don’t mean chased…I mean literally knocked over…into the sand. I have one shot where the last thing I saw was a giant black nose before my lens (and I) went down. I pat myself on the back because I did get the shot…you just wouldn’t have the slightest idea what you were seeing if I didn’t clue you in… Yeah and don’t think for a minute one of those shots is here…

Dog Beach is a place where dogs can really “let loose” so to speak. They frolic through the water, they smell each others derrieres, they bark, dig, chase balls and do all those things that doggies do. Dog Beach is also a place where people meet…and I met some nice ones…although they referred to me as “Dog Paparazzi” and I’m not sure how the cats would feel about that.

As a side note, the sun kept coming and going…as did the golden light…and I did my best to get some dogs actually in focus as they jiggled and wiggled around me. Some dogs are preparing to go to the beach and some have landed…

Anyway, release the hounds!

1 & 2. To the beach 3 & 4. Slobber Portrait 5 & 6. Just unleashed and flying by…make sure you see him way at the bottom 7. Those rules 8. ..and they’re off! 9 & 10 The meeting 11. Yup, I got in the water 12. Good-bye sign 13 & 14. Getting set to party

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5 Responses to “Dog Beach”

  1. These are WONDERFUL! I love the pug (why do they start out so small and get so fat always??). The head-shaking boxer (is that what he was?) is my favorite!

  2. He’s you’re favorite because you didn’t get hit 😉
    Personally, I loved that little guy that is running straight at me and then he’s at the bottom. What you don’t see is at the bottom he makes a u-turn and comes back up to me and fly’s by again…he was on a mission! But as a photo, the first one is my favorite…very Elliot Erwitt inspired.

  3. I would vote for the last dog for President. He looks serious, I think he could get the job done.

  4. You know, he does look a bit like Teddy Roosevelt. You might be on to something…

  5. Yes, he is stoic. Big head, big brain ; – )

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