It is no surprise that many of my friends are crazy about animals. After all a lot of them grew up where I did among the wildlife of the Front Range of Colorado. What is more surprising is how many of them take absolutely fantastic animals photos.
Sarah and I used to work together at the same place about 15 years ago. This is Sarah's dog practicing his centerfold positions for Playdog. Okay, he's really taking a nap. As Sarah said, "How is this even comfortable?:
Sarah and I both used to work for Bonnie. This is a deer that ambled close to Bonnie's home in the Rocky Mountains. I'm thinking it is a mule deer since it doesn't look like the white-tailed deer around my home.
Jennifer was also employed by the same company. She and I started in training on the same day. Now she lives in Tennessee and is learning to live with chickens. These chickens seem to be checking out their future accommodations -- unless the family decides to go vegetarian.
Christine was another coworker at the same company and is a relative of Bonnie's. This is Tymer enjoying a window and some greenery in her home.
My Facebook friend Muriel lives in Dublin, Ireland, and this cute little fox turned up in her inner-city garden this summer. When Muriel posted this and other photos of the fox we started chatting about it and the next thing you know I found out she was going to be in Colorado a couple of weeks later. This led us to meet in person and becoming "real" friends. Thank you foxy little dude!
Muriel loves taking animal photos, particularly birds. She actually uses a camera instead of her cell phone to take pictures and they are wonderful. She showed me a bunch of them when we met. She's a great lady.
Annie is a fellow writer I met on Facebook. She is a great mom who home-schools her daughter. Like any mom she spends a great deal of time stuck in traffic. One day she saw a guy driving with his pet macaw. Something tells me that this bird is used to car travel.
Maura is a Facebook friend who lives in England. Her next-door neighbors have pet peacocks. This leads to some spectacular photos. This bird would scare the heck out of my cat.
My friend Dolly has this wonderful picture of her granddaughter and her granddog watching television together. I'm betting that they are watching Scooby Doo.
My other friend Jennifer lives in England and is raising her own bees. This led her to take this amazing photo of her hive. She said that this is a photo of HRB (Her Royal Buzziness). Can you spot the queen?
My friend Lisa was visiting a friend who owns this feathered one. She took a selfie when he decided to hang out on her shoulder. If he spent any length of time there I can guarantee she needed to do laundry afterwards.
My friend Rae also lives in England and these are her horses, Chloe and Cy. The two don't always get along, but when you've got an itch you can't reach you find out who your friends really are.
Because Cy is an Appaloosa and has spots on his body his nickname is Spotty Botty.
In addition to loving her horses, Rae also loves her cat Fe as well as the neighborhood cats she calls "insurgents." Everyone comes to party at Rae's house if they have feline DNA.
I've known Andrea since we were kids and my mom and her parents were active in the local amateur theater. Then we went to the same high school and college. She loves her dogs and it takes a moment to find two of them in this photo!
Annie Bear and I went to school together from at least 7th grade on. She adores animals, especially her cats and dogs. Like all dog owners who live around the mountains you have to get used to your dog finding animal remains and then asking if they can keep it. Here her dog found a deer leg. Ugh! I used to take my stepfather's dog for walks and would have to talk him out of rabbit carcasses he wanted to keep.
Here is a cool picture she took taking a walk in the mountains. A dog in paradise!
My friend Kaye (from junior high and high school) took this great photo of her little Ada in silhouette. I am planning on doing a series of silhouette paintings one day and I think Ada might just be one of them.
Ada may be small but she has some serious catitude on her side with her friend Sam. Sam looks like he could unleash some serious claw on anyone who messed with his dog.
Briggs takes these amazing photos with her cell phone while she is out and about walking. Her walks are our gain. This particular one isn't in Colorado. Boy, does she take long walks! HA!
Living in Colorado offers a lot in the way of wildlife photography and Briggs has a great eye for taking photos.
She also has an amazing eye for spotting small things to photograph. Bees are one of her favorite subjects.
My friend Jane is a fantastic filmmaker and cat mom. As you can see Bing has the best seat in the house for watching out the window. Just one thing -- can Bing sing?
I've known Joe since at least 7th grade. This year he went to Africa and so did his photographic skills. He took lots of pictures while there and it was like going there with him.
I can't believe that he actually apologized for posting so many of his photos on Facebook. I couldn't wait for each new post. And I love kitties of all sizes.
I don't know how Joe managed to get this water buffalo to pose for this picture, but he also got it to smile.
Joe's twin brother, Jim, also took some time to go to Africa as well. He didn't take anywhere near as many photos as Joe, but when he did he made it good.
Jim also loves dogs and proves it with this great photo. That is one happy tail there!
I've known Diana for so long that I couldn't tell you how long it's been. She loves rocks. Even when some big critter gets in the way. HA!
I went to high school with my friend John and he was one of my brother's best friends. This picture makes me a little sad because John lost one of these precious puppies recently. Godspeed Sulu!
Gina was my very first friend ever. I am blessed to still have her as a friend. She loves shelties and has raised more than i can count. She's a great mom and a great dog mom.
My friend Lisa is Gina's younger sister and I was her first friend. She is a lovely lady who has also made a trip to Africa. In her case she went to Swaziland. I wish I could have gone with her!
On the other hand, maybe I was better off at home. I am terrified of snakes.
My next door neighbor, Jyoti, is a professional astrologer who loves checking out the natural world. If possible she checks it out in other countries. This ram is someone she met in Scotland last year.
Sometimes she photographs fauna much closer to home. This is my cat, Naomi, lounging on Jyoti's patio table She is Naomi's second favorite human.
Naturally Naomi is my favorite animal to photograph and fortunately she is very photogenic. She like hanging out in Jyoti's garden almost as much as she likes hanging out in ours.
Every morning she has to get outside to roll on the sidewalk to love the world. This experience is never complete unless I go out there with her.
She likes to hang out as close to me as possible, especially if there is a good spot in the sun nearby.
Naomi can't stand Paco even though he wants to be her friend. He likes to hang out in our garden sometimes even though he lives across the street. She has been known to hiss at me when he's on "her" bench.
What amazing animal photos have you taken?
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