#r2bcheerful11 – Dominica Camels

I must admit that I don’t really understand what Ian was getting at here – Dominica or Dominecker – I’ve seen it written both ways, the country or something else? Camels, of course, could refer to the cigarettes of the same name or the humped ungulate, famed as a pack animal with a seriously bad temper.

I don’t smoke but I have ridden camels on a few occasions in Australia, Egypt and the US, so I have chosen the mammal as my answer to the 11th r2bcheerful challenge.

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I guess if you needed to travel a significant distance, especially over a sandy, dry terrain they would certainly give you a reason to be cheerful, despite their tendency to grunt and spit and generally act like curmudgeons.

~Richard

#r2bcheerful9 – Nanny goats

What isn’t there to love about goats? Wonderful, hardy animals that will eat just about anything. Oh, hang on, that may be a problem…

We have toyed with idea of adding these to our ever growing menagerie, but as yet we haven’t got round to it. I think they’d be great for keeping down some of the weeds and grass but then they’d also destroy other plants that we want, and I sure wouldn’t be happy if they got into our veggie beds! On the whole though, I think goats are fun animals and they certainly are characters. Watching them is always give me a reason to be cheerful.

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~Richard

#r2bcheerful5 – Boats

I’ve had a short break from this challenge as I caught up on the 52 week challenge and a few other things. I mentioned before that there’s no requirement for the reasons to be cheerful challenge to be done in strict order so I am jumping to #r2bcheerful5 – boats.

Boats are always fun. I am not a great seafarer by any measure, but messing about in small boats is a great summer pastime that I have enjoyed over the years. A simple row boat (or rowing boat as we call them in the UK) provided on a local lake can provide a few hours of fun on a hot summer’s day. This shot was taken at the boating lake in Central Park in new York City.

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What better reason to be cheerful than messing about in a boat with friends?

~Richard

52 Week Challenge: week 19

WEEK 19: Portrait: Messy – Take an amazing portrait of someone, make a mess while you are doing it.

This challenge has been eating away at the back of my mind for weeks. Today we were in the front garden, picking up fallen sticks and branches and had let Eddie, our Jack Russell Terrier, out to join us. He went straight to the pile of topsoil that we have left over from building our raised beds in the Spring, dived under the tarpaulin that covers it and disappeared for about 30 minutes. The result was spectacular!

My main camera was in the house so I went to the trunk of my car to get another and found the first one had no memory card in it and the second had flat battery. My daughter quickly retrieved my cell phone and this is the resulting shot, taken in the fading late afternoon Fall light. Yes, it’s not a person, but it’s still a portrait as far as I am concerned and Eddie certainly made a mess for this shot!

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~Richard

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