Fluffy Cuties in Black and White, #CBWC

I may be a step ahead (not sure) but this post is for Cee Neuner’s Black and White Photo Challenge with a Pets or Stuffed Animals theme.

None of these cuties pictured are my own pets, but in my animal care business, I come across dogs and cats in a variety of breeds (and breed mixes.) They may not be my pets, but I love them as if they were. Here are just a few of my animal friends.

Fluff, a Maine coon cat
Fluff’s Maine coon brother, Chance
Shultz, a Scottish fold cat
Franco — It’s less complicated to call him a cockapoo,
but he’s actually a mix of four small breeds.
Luce, a Brittany spaniel and dachshund mix
Ollie, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Roxy, a soft coated wheaten terrier
Theo, a French bulldog
Maizie, a bernedoodle puppy
Maizie once more

People often ask me what my favorite breed is (of dogs especially.) With all of these lovable cuties, it is hard to choose. Of these photos, which is your favorite?

Oh Deer! #CFFC Photo Challenge

I spotted this deer in someone’s yard that had grown a little wild and was nearby to a public park …

and this deer in my own front yard. It was even closer to the house at one point.

My buddy Sabrina deserves the credit for capturing this cutie on camera, at the James A, McFaul Environmental Center in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

I photographed these two beautiful fawns last year in a dog care client’s backyard.

They had no fear of me, so I was able to get some good shots. Mama was nowhere in sight.

I really hope this does not mean they were orphans. I enjoyed my moment to observe them up close.

This post is my entry for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with this week’s theme of Nature Animals.

Lens Artists Challenge — Red — Large to Small

I saw some blogger friends’ entries for this photo challenge, and I thought I would join in and see what I can do. Patti Moed of Creative Exploration In Words And Pictures, in her Lens Artist Challenge, challenges us to choose a color and select photos of things in that color ranged from large to small.

Red is considered a warm color, but many of the red things in this post will cool you down, a nice thought in the heat I’ve been experiencing lately.

The above photo was taken at Applegate Farms in Montclair, New Jersey, a great place for ice cream made on the premises. I went there earlier in the pandemic in company with a French bulldog friend.

The above photo doesn’t give you much sense of size, but these baby ducklings were in a red plastic tub large enough to hold this small cockapoo doggy and his stylish red hoodie, with room to spare.

This refreshing cranberry spritzer was served to me at The Committed Pig Burger and Pancake House in Summit, New Jersey. I thought it looked so pretty in its Mason jar, but I am debating in my mind whether it is larger or smaller than the next item.

This peony from my garden was fairly large — larger or smaller than a cranberry spritzer? It’s hard to say as their shapes were so different and difficult to compare, and, of course, I never saw them side by side. Perhaps, if the peony was a cup, it would hold the spritzer.

And, now, we’re back to cool and refreshing things. The frozen dessert below was purchased at Sonny’s in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. It is a self-serve frozen dessert bar. You can find frozen yogurt, frozen custard, Italian ice or gelato you can swirl yourself into a cup. You can layer flavors and add toppings from a variety of syrups, candies, nuts, fruits and (one of my favorites) these popping boba that burst fruit juices into your mouth. The desserts are sold by weight. Any of the red things in this photo — the strawberries, raspberries, popping boba or red plastic spoon — are smaller than my peony for sure.

Rose, #Flower of the Day, #FOTD

Last Sunday, my parents and I had dinner after church at the Caldwell Diner in Caldwell, New Jersey. We noticed these beautiful roses as we pulled into the driveway. I regretted not having my phone camera with me, so Dad took some photos and gave me his permission to post them. Though these are not my photos this time, these are for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day challenge.

The roses don’t seem to belong to the diner but line a building adjacent to it, which has a salon and another small business in the front and apartments above and behind. Here, you can see that there was a long row of these flowering rose bushes.