Meet the family

So this weekend, we bought the dogs a gigantic bone to watch them play with it, for our own entertainment. After a while we had some good photos and I thought, “Nuts to just the bone pictures, we should put all sorts of stuff on there and introduce the whole family.”

You’ve already met me, I’m Alex. Here I am testing out a motel bed on a recent trip to Evansville.

I had to do this like 6 times before we got a good shot of me in mid air.

Here’s my lovely wife, partner, and accomplice at international jewel thieving, Meghan.

“What’s Alex doing in the photo above me? It’s not something embarrassing is it?” asks Meghan, “He put the bed bouncing photo on the Internet? Again!?”

Here’s Sookie. She was my dog for my lonely years before meeting Meghan, and now she’s our dog. She’s a bit hyper and is the “Alpha”, if you can call a 20-pound dog that.

Yep. Hyper. Bet you’d never guess with a photo like that.

And why is Sookie so happy in the above pic? The giant bone of course. Here’s her alternating between trying to figure the bone out and trying figure out how to get it, in its entirety, into her stomach.

“I don’t know what to do, but at least it’s mine.”

It always scares me when she uses her paws to do things because it’s just that much closer to her having hands.

The other animal I had before meeting Meghan, though not for as long as Sookie, is Edward, who we all have met time and again here on the ‘ole Blog. But here’s a new photo of my stunningly photogenic kitty.

That’s some other person’s messy table. In fact, we brought Eddy to a different house entirely for this picture.

Meghan’s little buddy before meeting me was the princess here, Laylah. She’s as sweet as a button, unless of course, you’re Bear, who will follow, then she’s kind of a B.

Laylah has just been woken from a nap by me. She’s a bit bleary-eyed.

And now, Bear, as promised. We got Bear together. He was Meghan’s parents’ dog, but they had to move for a new job and Bear would not have done well in an entirely new surrounding, so we adopted him. He’s an entertaining pup, that’s for sure.

This is my favorite photo of Bear, and is not exactly current. But then, the pictures of him with the bone make it hard to make him out really well…you’ll see.

Black fur does not make for the best exposure in poor lighting, especially not while he’s getting defensive about “his” bone.

– CHOMP! –

Finally, we have Sylvia, who Meghan and I adopted last summer, about this time. She’s “all growed up” now, but honestly, she’s still a very little cat. She’s a cutie though, affectionate, entertainingly vocal and gentle, so long as you’re not a fly.

She may have been a touch dazzled by my strobe. Which is pretty cute in and of itself. She is a strange one.

So there’s the mob. Thank you, Internet, for giving me my soapbox to write about ’em. And I hope the rest of you like my pictures of my fam.


Little Cat, all grown up

Edward R. Meower, who you may remember from when he was little, has grown up a bit, and now pretty much just goes by ‘Eddy.’ It’s hard to shout ‘Edward R. Meower’ when there’s trouble afoot and with this cat (or any cat, I’ve been told) there frequently is.

So anyways, last night, Meghan’s cousin JoAnn stopped by to get me to shoot some photos of her camera for her to sell on eBay and I set up a little one light product studio. One light and lot’s of fill cards/boards. These fill card and boards are what Eddy was knocking about, and since he wanted to be on set, we got to take some pictures of the little trouble maker.

Oh, you silly cat.

There are few things scarier than waking up at 3 a.m. with those eyes staring at you an inch away from your own.

"We are living in a material world and he is a material girl." Yep, I don't know why, but it's appropriate.

I love his little kitty expression here.

I realizing that I’m just confirming everything bad about the Internet by posting a bunch of pictures of my cat, but so what. Eddy, you da man.

Zoo 4: Final Zoo…or something about monkeys, meh.

Yep, last of our zoo pics post. Seriously, who goes to the zoo and shoots 700 pictures? I have a problem, and with they way Meghan’s shooting pictures, it’s apparently contagious. Whatever…Look Monkeys!

Insert "Swinger" joke here. No but seriously, there was no monkey action to be watched. My 5-year-old self would be diasppointed.

These were all taken at Tropic World in Brookfield Zoo. Also known as Alex’s favorite zoo exhibit ever. Which I admit doesn’t sound as good. But seriously, gorillas.

"What don't you get about 'no eye contact'?" asks this surly fellow.

This guy is awesome! Just look at that. He's like a squirrel that isn't an idiot. I assume.

That’s cool. What an adorable little monkey thing. Only one thing that could make it better….

Yup, he's got his tongue sticking out while he eats a cookie. My day is complete.

Zoo 3: Flutterbies…and kids

One of the really cool things we did at the Brookfield Zoo was to go to their butterfly enclosure. It cost an extra $2 or something, so that kept many of the crowds out. Add to that the fact that the huge swarming school trips weren’t going through there and it made for an oasis amongst the hustle.

Anyways, I got off of my feet for a while and sat on one of the many park benches. Meghan on the other hand, had a lot of fun shooting photos of butterflies and kids. So yeah, these are pretty much all hers.


My favorite of the pictures of kids.

And my Fav butterfly picture.

Zoo 2: Splish-Splash

As I said before, our first stop on our trip to Brookfield Zoo was the dolphin show. They have apparently been doing this for over 50 years. I swear up and down that it started when I was a kid, but apparently, I’m just terribly confused.

"I love mackerel!" says a cheerful dolphin. (In my head)

Here’s a gallery of dolphin images. I had a good time. ISO 1250 on a camera that does an acceptable 3200 didn’t look too bad either. Set to aperture priority, I had shutter speeds in the 1/400 – 1/1000 range, indoors.

These dolphins were smart. Fortunately, they can’t do anything to us. Unless they learn how to fly or something…

Oh well, At least they can't drive yet...

I realize that the whole gallery is full of pics of dolphins “Flying,” so that kind of negates the whole joke, but I had to show off that picture. Just let it go.

Anyways, that’s it for the dolphins. Let’s let them say goodbye….

Thanks guys.

Zoo Pics (part 1)

With Meghan and I living in Clay County, where she grew up and me being from Chicago, where my parents still live, there are plenty of roadtrips to make. I’m pretty close to my parents and I have a good group of friends I’ve had since High School or earlier that live there, so our trips are usually made on a monthly basis.

This last weekend’s trip was our first since we got married though and while it was for my friend Bill’s bachelor party, my Mother, Mary Sue, said she wanted to take us to Brookfield Zoo, where she is a member. My Dad, Jim, came as well. It was a hot Friday and we arrived at about 11 a.m.

Mom and Dad. Guess which is which!

First thing we did was beat feet for the dolphin show, but I’ll put some of those pics in a later post. Here’s some pictures of us and some animals at the rest of the Zoo. We’ll post dolphins, butterflies and cute kid candids later.

King of the naps.

If that guy is king, I've gotta at least be a baron of naps. Photo by Meghan.

Just because this polar bear is against global warming, doesn't mean he has to like Al Gore.

Sorry, I'm not coming up with anything as far as eagle-based puns to caption this with.

Lot of competition in the arena of napping on hot days at the zoo.

Apparently, even camels aren't huge fans of getting their picture taken while eating.

Here's Meghan. I took this right after me. I think we'll end this post with a picture of one of her favorite animals....

The stately giraffe! Picture by Meghan. That's all, thanks for reading.