I Love it. And So Does She


I know it doesn't look like a lot of fun, when you are hunched against a bitter wind that is whipping your hair (or fur) around and ice is freezing your eyelashes. But you have to admit that there is something exciting about it as well.

I thought that the other day on this walk with Joni. I had my scarf up over my nose and my colourful wool hat pulled down to my eyebrows, held firmly in place with the hood of my winter jacket. I was dressed in layers and layers of thin wool, then ski pants on top and warm thick woolly boot socks. I was trudging along on my snowshoes on top of the thick wind-sculpted drifts, only stopping long enough to pick up Joni's throw toy and send it off into the swirling snow so she could go racing after it. She absolutely loved the game and the walk and bounded over the deep snow in what looked like pure joy. And I looked around me across the white fields that were misted with blowing snow and I felt exhilarated at the sight and the conditions. I love it. And Joni loves it too. What you see in this picture is a happy dog. Photographed by a happy person.*

*If you have your camera out in conditions like this, make sure you bring it into a cool room to acclimatise before bringing it into the warm, to avoid condensation in the camera innards.

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57 Responses

  1. This is such a great image, you have captured this fantastic, the movement of the wind the cold snow and air and Joni's expression, it even looks like there would be a little sunlight from the left! I enjoyed to read your post and tried to imagine how you must look like and got even more informations from the comments. :o) stay warm! xo

  2. All right, +debi scott I'm not jealous of your rain. I had 21 years of rain in England (slight exaggeration, I did have 2 good summers in those 21 years). So I know about rain. But there is beauty in everything. There's all those lovely rain drops! Thanks for dropping by, Debi. 😀

  3. +Lynn David Newton Now you make me feel so cruel sending my dog outdoors naked! But the real loser in this is me. When I get ready to go out it takes me about 10 minutes or more to put everything on, with changing into ski pants, different socks, boots, scarves, hats and then snowshoes. She just jumps out the door straight into the snow. She definitely has the best of that deal. And is indeed having a ball.

  4. When you consider that animals go naked indoor and out, you've got to conclude that they've got some sort of built-in mechanism that enables them to handle it. Joni looks to be in her element. I have no doubt that she's having a ball.

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