Photo-Heart Connection

        Do you have favorite photos, ones that really touch your heart, bring back beautiful memories, or preserve a special someone or sometime?  Are they usually the very "professional" well composed and perfectly exposed shots?  Or are they just a great "capture" taken spontaneously?

Every year Kat Sloma hosts a Photo-Heart Connection. It is open to everyone who loves to take photos.
At the first of the month, participants  go through photographs taken during the previous month, culling for those that really speak to them.
Hmmm January what should I choose...well there was Chinese New Year with the tradition of throwing oranges with notes attached high into our trees, (ours are still swaying high), fresh cooked duck and fish, lo mien noodles...fresh not dried....yes a beautiful, colorful, fragrant time to celebrate.

Then we had unexpected snow and cold weather here in the south. That certainly warranted picture snapping since it isn't common place.

We went to Chicago to spend time with our daughter and her daughter. That was the time of the sub zero storms and closure of the Chicago airports...well not too many pictures then....afraid I might crack my lens.
So hard to choose, but choose I did. TECHNICALLY they are the least well done with their cluttered backgrounds, wiggly-moving-jumping little people, poor lighting and lots of extraneous things going on inside our home.
Storyline: Our kids from the eastern side of North Carolina spontaneously came for a visit, wanting to share their dogs and  prepare an authentic Chinese New Year feast. Lemon and Frito are rescue dogs who had been badly abused but through lots of care and oodles of love are now healthy, loving and beautiful dogs. We were excited to introduce them to our three grandchildren, the Funny Bunnies, who live down the street.
Number One and Two Bunnies took to the dogs like kids take to ice cream....sweet, messy and fast.
But the littlest Bunny was extremely nervous, hesitant, clinging to mom or Grammy, and screaming if the dogs got near.  Well give her a few hours, lots of reassurance and she adopted the more gentle one, Lemon, running around holding her tail...(yup one of the blurry photos, beyond repair! but still precious)

Out of dozens of photos I have only had time to work on a I needed to get rid of the clutter of table, chairs, furniture, background people, etc. Not knowing what I was doing, didn't help.
Then I wanted to try a few textures...well one thing led to another...
However, these are the photos that touched my heart as I think of the past, fast paced month of January.

Fritos was once a very sick, neglected and abused dog.  Lemon instantly, bonded with her. They are now inseparable.  
 Kim Klassen's texture Gracie 

Lemon and Fritos have the cutest outfits....I love this one.  Funny Bunny One is growing this reflective photo I can see the maturity in her face...she sat with the dogs for long periods of time, just loving LOVING them.

Kim's Belize Texture
Rad Lab/Sugar processing.

To love an animal is a beautiful thing.
When taking is the memory that counts.

Thank you Kim for your textures and thank you Kat for making it possible to share our favorite photographs.


  1. Great, great story. Lemon and Fritos are so fortunate to have found the perfect family for them. Their sweaters are adorable.

  2. Lovely post... great story and images, lots of love!

  3. Glad to have more successful rescue stories. I hope one day cats can find some success with rescue to the same degree.
    My fave photo is the first. I like that it's not perfect, I like the sense of motion-and the emotion and event that so many of us can identify with. I used to be a musician. I disliked the performances I heard that were technically perfect with no sense of heart or emotion. I think your choices have that.

  4. Your Funny Bunnies are beautiful! It was such fun to see them getting acquainted with Lemon and Frito. I love that first photo best. It captures the forging of a heart-connection of a different kind.

  5. Dogs bring such enrichment to our lives if we let them in. How wonderful to capture the beginnings of a great new friendship.

  6. Great stories of all your January memories! Love the tail-holding - how very precious! Your love for your Funny Bunnies and the family dogs shines through in these images.

  7. I love the joy and love and warmth in the story here! No wonder this pulls at your heart strings!

  8. What a sweet post! Animals and kids -- can't get any cuter or more poignant. I love your story of Fritos and Lemon. And I love that dog sweater :)

  9. Such a fabulous story! That first one touches my heart. The bit of blur is perfect to express the motion of the child and the dog, and the connection. So great to have you in the Photo-Heart Connection!

  10. Beautiful photos, love the story and the message behind them, loving animals, respecting and trusting them has become very important in my own life, they are great masters...
    Wonderful photo-heart connection, it´s touching and the dog´s outfit made me smile


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