Friday, March 1, 2013

PHC: A Girl and Her Dog

Once a month, in response to Kat Sloma's Photo Heart Connection, I go through my photographs and choose the one which has the "strongest connection to my heart and to my soul".  After reviewing them all, I settled on this candid portrait of Clara playing with her dog, Aria. There is such tenderness between them in this photograph; other times, their connection is rowdy and wild.  Many people questioned our sanity when, in the midst of so much turmoil last fall, we decided to get another dog. Paul shrugged his shoulders and said, "I guess there was still one ring in our circus that was not yet full." But, truly, Aria has been a blessing for Clara. She provides an anchor, a confidante and a soothing presence to our little girl. Just when she needs it most. This photograph validates our decision and touches my heart.
I considered a couple of other photographs this month:
These beautiful oak trees, which I blogged about here
And this photograph of my loyal dog, Gypsy, discussed in the same post.
Interestingly, all three of these photographs were taken with my iphone. Although I took lots of soccer pictures with my DSLR, none of them were real contenders for my photo heart connection this month.  The iphone is such an amazing camera. This month, I'll be learning a lot more about it as I'm taking Cheryl Johnson's Iphonography class. All of CJ's classes are great, and this one is very reasonably priced (just 10 pounds). You can see more about it and sign up at this link.
To check out other participants in this month's photo-heart connection, click on this link.

24 comments:

Linda said...

I love all 3 photos! Nothing like a dog to touch your heart though, is there. Our dog brings such joy every single day! Glad Clara and Aria have such a close bond:)

Tina´s PicStory said...

nice shot!

Karen said...

A perfect pick, and I love Paul's comment!

Susan said...

I like the moment you selected. The love is running both ways, or in full circle between them. I have lived most my life with pets. The love they offer me is a comfort and brings joy.
Love that oak tree shot and Gypsy is not to be overshadowed. She's a cutie too

Anonymous said...

happy happy happy birthday, RInda!

Mariana

froebelsternchen Susi said...

wonderful photo of the two!
the oaktre is ! great !

Beverly said...

Can understand your choice, love the shot. Of course the oaks are stunning and Gypsy is looking magnificent as well.

Mommy2CVC said...

Love it! Happy Birthday Rinda!

laurie said...

Clara and Aria are so open with each other in this photo and there is this sense of vulnerability and safety. just looking at it makes my heart expand.

Deborah Tisch said...

Beautiful images! I really love that one of your daughter and the dog. It shows their own personal connection and the sharing of a special moment. Nicely done!

Amy said...

It's your birthday? I did not know that - Happy Birthday dear Rinda!

Great shots today and I can see the emotional pull for each one.

Sarah Huizenga said...

What a wonderful capture of a special moment between a girl and her dog. My daughter has always said that her dog Riley is her best friend, he listens and loves unconditionally.

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Lovely images animals have so much love to give ...Visiting from Photo Heart Connection...

Paula said...

Just loving the love and sheer joy in this!

Missus Wookie said...

Hope your birthday was good Rinda. Lovely snapshot of Clara and Aria, I cherished the relationship between me and my dog, glad you captured that feeling in a photo :)

Michele Matucheski said...

I can't agree with you more about how dogs as pets can be an anchor for us. I remember being kind of lost in the wide world until I decided to get a dog when I was 24 (or so). That dog was always there for me, gave me a reason to get up in the morning, and go for a walk every day. I am forever grateful to my dogs! Clara and Aria look to be quite a team!

Sandra said...

A dog can be such a wonderful companion and a true confidante. It is said that having such a four-legged friend can be healing too. You captured a nice photo of your daughter Clara with her dog Aria.

Kathryn said...

Beautiful connection, its not always easy to capture such beautiful moments.

seabluelee said...

I remember how important my dog was to me as a girl, and even the ones I've had as an adult. You've captured a special moment perfect for Photo-Heart Connection.

gina said...

Such sweet photos, illustrating the connections you feel with your pups. A lovely photo-heart connection!

Rosemary Reflectionsofmyworld said...

oh how the tree speaks to me...

Jessica said...

I love the way dogs can really bring out something special in us humans... : )

And I'm so happy to have found you through the PHC -- you have a lovely blog and I can see that we have a lot in common! Thanks for your kind comments as well.

Gail said...

I hope you had a great birthday Rinda, sorry I'm late. I remember those 2 other pictures but this new one is definitely special! Funny how they were all taken with the iPhone.

Carolyn Phillips said...

A beautiful and meaningful photo. Having the dog was clearly the right decision.