Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Shooting rabbits

I’ve bought myself a new camera – I’d been planning to do it for a while hoping that I’d suddenly become imbued with more talent…

I’ve become obsessed with photographing the frolicking bunnies on my parents’ lawn; this is the cache from which HP (not for Hannibal) the cat has been murdering rabbits and feeding them to Flicka the dog. I went out to take pictures of the rabbits yesterday and despite a much stronger zoom, they still looked a long way off and my shaky hand skills meant they weren’t exactly sharp. Anyway the lovely fluffies scarpered the minute my foot hit the gravel so I sat on the lawn instead for 40 minutes hoping the rabbits would think I was a tree or something and venture back out. Flicka sat with me – I got so bored I photographed her, a blackbird and some daisies. I'll spare you the daisies...

Flicka is a bit daft. She doesn’t seem to associate the rabbits with the dead things that Hannibal, I mean, HP offers her and which Flicka then devours whole. Actually perhaps I’m maligning Flicka. Her ancestors weren’t bred to hunt … she’s Alsatian cross Collie so she tries to herd us all and she’s very emotionally sensitive. When any of the household gets upset she comes to comfort them, and often cries quietly alongside them until they forget their woes and tickle her tummy.

The new camera’s lovely but I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a miracle worker. I will shoot a blasted bunny before my holiday is over. I think photographers world wide are safe.

8 comments:

Yvonne said...

Flicker is gorgeous! Awh at her comforting people. So cute.

Angie said...

Flicker is so beautiful! Her personality sounds quite similar to Drew...the herding, emotional sensitivity and comforting nature. Ah, bless, I love sheep dogs. Enjoy the new camera.

SpiralSkies said...

So long as you don't start shotting babies in the street. Parents can be a bit funny about that.

I love Flicker, I might adopt him as my own.

JJ said...

Yvonne, she's a sweetie, isn't she?

Angie, thanks. Sheepdogs are lovely, though F can be a touch neurotic too.

Spiral, shooting babies, yes that's quite a no-no here I believe.

Lane said...

Flicker is gorgeous! What a face!

Carol and Chris said...

Hehehehe I'm sure there was a collective sigh of relief from photographers everywhere!!

Flicker is beautiful and I'm sure you'll get a pic of the bunnies eventually :-)

C x

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

I'd like to get better at photography too. You've got a new camera... Jen's done a course... hmmm. Shall think on.

wordtryst said...

I seem to be doing a lot of echoing around here, but that's one gorgeous dog. Combination of two of my favorite breeds.