Christmas Day, So Cal Style

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This post is a little late. On Christmas Day, we decided to take the boat out for a harbor cruise in San Diego. Though it was chilly in the morning, the day turned out to be beautiful and sunny.

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Not a bad life for these marine critters, eh?

I wish I had a video of these “locals” sunning their bods like one big happy family. There are quite a few sea lions, which attracts sharks and Orcas. I was hoping to get some pictures of a pod of Orcas, but no luck. Maybe next time.

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Pulling away from the harbor, ocean and sky.

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Got fish, Mister?

Mister Sea Lion watching curiously as Kona barked his head off at him.

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Jonathan Livingston?

I was trying out my new Tamron 70-200mm lens on moving objects. I’m very pleased at how sharp my bird-in-flight pictures turned out. Seagulls and pelicans are about as wild as our wildlife gets around here.

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Kona was with us, though I failed to get any good pictures of him. When we were pulling up to the boat slip, he decided to jump into the water. I panicked and was fully prepared to jump in after him, but luckily was able to grab onto his collar and pull him up onto the swim step. I wish I could have snapped a picture of him all wet, but was too focused on getting my silly pup dried off and keeping him safe.

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This guy hung on the entire trip!

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Sparkling like diamonds

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Liquid blue and gold

I could gaze at the shimmering water all day long.

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Abundance

Thanks for coming along on my ocean voyage. Happy Friday, and cheers to the weekend!

Woofs and wags,

~ Lori and Kona

 

Rainy Days, Kitten Style

Rainy winter days are perfect for indoor activities, like taking pictures. Actually, I was just feeling lazy and wanted to get some shots of these little bums who kept following me around the house.

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Hi mom. Can I please play with your mouse?

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My little nugget waits patiently for me to get off of the computer.

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I know I am beautiful.

A Wider Perspective

We made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday and have landed on Cyber-Monday. These are all national holidays, right?

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Yes, please, I’ll have that bacon treat!

I celebrated Black Friday by taking advantage of an instant rebate offered by Nikon and got myself a new camera and a wide-angle lens. I’m excited about my new gear, and you will all be seeing more pictures of Kona’s handsome face as well as his feline brothers as well.

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Let’s BUNGLE in the JUNGLE! I’m a tiger Hear me RAWR!

This wide-angle lens, a Nikon 16-35mm, allows me to see the bigger picture. An ordinary portrait becomes more of a story, like an environmental portrait, allowing for more creativity.

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You know I’m your favorite cat, right?

I’m finishing up my Fall semester and am REALLY looking forward to some time off to play with my new equipment and start getting more posts (and pictures) up on the blog.

Hope you all had a great holiday week, and a very happy Monday to everyone!

Woofs and wags,

~ Lori, Kona, Scout and Pumpkin

Sharing Space

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This photo was originally very dark, with only the highlights showing on Kona’s face. As I lightened the shadows in Photoshop, something began to appear in the background. It looks like Kona is  sharing the limelight once again.

Pumpkin and Scout seem to show up everywhere Kona is. If he moves to the living room, they follow. Same with the bedroom – within a few minutes, there they are. Can’t a dog get a little privacy around here?

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Scout loves his big brother

Scout tries to give Kona head-bumps and tries to cuddle with him. He used to get annoyed and walk away, but it’s useless. They just follow him.

These days, he just closes his eyes, accepts the fact that he’s sharing space, and goes to sleep.

Cheers to being popular 😊

~ Wags and woofs, Lori and Kona

Thanks!

followed-blog-100-2xWe made it to 100!

Thank you to everyone who follows this blog and especially to the folks who take the time to comment on the adventures Kona, Pumpkin and Scout.

There are plenty of blogs out there with thousands of followers, but reaching 100 is pretty darn special to me.  Wags, woofs and purrs to all of our furry friends out there in blogger land!

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What’s Your Favorite Dog Toy?

Happy Labor Day!

Maybe every Monday should declared a holiday, what do you think? We’ll make it a world-wide day off to include everyone outside of the U.S. as well.

The Mister is working on his boat today, so Kona and I decided to do some dog-shopping. I’ve been promising Kona a new toy for a while now, since his favorite old squeaky bone has seen better days.

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Squeaky bone and I share many happy memories

This old bone is special because Kona got to pick it out. It was once covered with bright yellow tennis ball felt, but he tore the skin off and ate it.

We made our way to the local pet supply store, and as soon as we walked in, the man at the counter handed Kona a snack. Instant friends.

There were so many toys! Kona headed straight over to the Kong toys, and sniffed out his favorite giant squeaky bone. We moved over to the snack area next, where he licked some of the tasty treats on my way down the aisle.

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This is MY toy. I will bring it to you and growl when you try to grab it from me. Growl = grab bone and throw so I can fetch.

For now, until he drops it into something disgusting, this Kona’s inside toy.

What kind of dog toys do your pups like to play with? Do you have a favorite that you keep going back to again and again?

Little Tongue Out Tuesday

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I started back to school this week, so I probably won’t be posting quite as frequently as I have been. Stay tuned, though. I’m working on a  post about one of Kona’s favorite subjects – DOG TOYS!

We didn’t want to miss out on Tongue Out Tuesday, so Kona gave me a little tongue shot. We call it #LittleTOT.

*Note to myself: maybe if I had some peanut butter? Just sayin’

Have a terrific Tuesday.

 

Building on a Dream

Today we visited the Mister while he worked on his boat. This old tank is his dream come true – at least it will be in about a year.

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It’s an old 1971 Owens-Brigatine, which had a reputation as being a supreme Marlin catching machine back in the day. Mister has always dreamed of having one, and a few months ago he came across this one and bought it for a song and a dance.

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When dad’s happy, I’m happy!

This boat needs a lot of work, but the infrastructure is solid, and Mister knows boats and has made some connections to other people who have also restored boats like this.

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We’re all excited about this project and taking trips to Catalina. It’s a good sized vessel at 33 feet, so it will hold steady in bumpy water. Best of all, Mister will be able to bring home lots of bluefin and yellow tail tuna, which we all love.

The Mister’s favorite fish to catch and release are the big fighters, like Marlin and Swordfish. The ocean temperature has been warmer than usual the past couple of years, which has made for great fishing in Southern California. There have been record numbers of Marlin out here, and even some Swordfish.

We’ve decided to change the name of the boat, but haven’t come up with one that we all like. Our friend suggested “Brig it On” because it is a Brigatine. We’ve also been contemplating a Hawaiian-themed name. Were still throwing out ideas, though. Feel free to toss any suggestions this way, friends! Who knows, maybe one will stick.

~Wags and woofs.