07 Jan 16. As you should all be aware, we are owned by a designer dog named Maggie, officially Margaret, who parents are a Labrador and a French Poodle, making her a Labradoodle. Being such she is supposed to be hypoallergenic, non shedding, and a water lover. We, as well as many others, are allergic to her, she sheds enough fur daily to knit a small sweater, and for the most part hates water. And with respect to water, she doesn't drink it without ice or it being outside in cold weather. We are convinced she either can't read or she didn't get her manual of operation, or both. But we love her anyway. If she could talk, she would tell you that her three most favoritist things in the world are 1) playing in the snow, 2) running on the beach, and 3) riding in the car . . . anywhere. And closely behind those three are TREATS, anytime, anywhere. Last Monday's trip up in the Skagit provided her with a few opportunities to indulge favorite item #1 which was also what got her in trouble. Her first exploit was near the lookout where we shoot the Diablo Mountains up Cascade River Road a ways and she had a ball just running in the snow to almost exhaustion where upon she simply plopped down to spread out in the snow and eat it. That's the shot for today's Theatrical Thursday submission. When we left that area and traveled up Baker Lake Road to the marsh I like to shoot, a shot of which I shared in December, she once again decided to go for a run in the snow, this time that which had been plowed and piled along the side and which formed a rather steep shoulder alongside the bog. After running along a rather lengthy portion of the embankment she thought a walk on the wild side, i.e., frozen top of the bog, would be just the thing. She made a hasty run down down the embankment and immediately tried her legs on the ice to see what she could do. After about four of five steps the ice gave way and in she went to the frozen bog. That took her by complete surprise and she stood there, fortunately with her feet on the bottom, looking somewhat bewildered. Being Maggie she then tried making her way in the wrong direction with me watching somewhat frantically. I started yelling at her to come to me whereupon she turned in the right direction making her way to the bank but not being able to get more then her front half out of the water. Jan brought the SUV around and while we were trying to decide how best to rescue her she suddenly appeared next to us, shaking off the water and looking as if to say, well, that was fun, where to next. We dried her off as best possible, got her in the car, and turned the heat to high as we drove off to wet dog smells in the vehicle until she dried off. This shot of her was taken as she was munching on snow on Cascade River road. It's her Dog World centerfold pose; I've removed the staples.
The base image was cropped to include mostly Maggie, then I applied some micro contrast enhancement using the Clarity plug-in, and that was followed by an application of the Glow plug-in. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/250 sec @ f / 7.1.