Othello, the Unicorn by Tracy Munson

Okay, okay.  He's  a Bichon Frise mix, not a unicorn, but he is a three legged, good natured, dog friendly, non shedding, small breed dog looking for a new home in the GTA and that's almost as rare.  He is 8 years old, has had his teeth cleaned and he gets around very well, despite his missing front leg.  Othello is waiting for his forever family in the care of Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

For more information on Othello and to check if he is still available, click here.

Irises in the Laking Garden by Tracy Munson

I had a lovely visit at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington with my Mom and my niece.  The irises in the Laking Garden were in full bloom and there were just so many fantastic colours and varieties that I had never seen before.  It is a really spectacular sight, if you are able to make it there while they are in bloom.

We even saw a few pretty flowers that were not irises ;)

....and the cutest flowers of all, half a dozen baby groundhogs popping in and out of the shrubbery and frolicking on the lawn.

Sweet Emily by Tracy Munson

Emily is a foxhound available for adoption in the GTA, through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.  She was a little shy with us at first, especially with Graham who is a big guy and can be kind of intimidating.  She warmed up within a few seconds, though and was even quite friendly with a fellow we met outside while taking her photos, so it seems like she will learn to trust quickly once she is in a loving environment.  She loves to jump up and give kisses and just snuggle into you.  You can check here for more info on Emily, and to see if she is still available.

Meet "Sly" the Finnish Spitz by Tracy Munson

Sly is a jolly, older fellow who needs a home without cats or children.  He is friendly meeting people and loves a good, firm scratching, but we were told that he can be a little bit cranky if you try to manhandle him.  At the age of 14, he's earned to right to a little respect!  Otherwise, he doesn't show his age at all, he is happy and energetic.  His cheerful expression will make you smile!

To check if Sly is still looking for his retirement home and get more information, click here.

Puppies!!! by Tracy Munson

Speaking of Dogs Rescue has 2 adorable puppies available for adoption right now.  They won't last for long, so if you are looking for a large breed pup to add to your family, you will have to act fast.  I met these 2 and they are gorgeous, but they are going to be HUGE, so prospective families must be prepared for the responsibilities and training requirements of such a large companion.

Paul is a curious little love bug.  For more information on Paul, and to see if he is still available, click here.

Mary is a little braver and more independent than her brother.  When we were there, she was mostly interested in sleeping in the sun.  To find more info on Mary or to check her availability status, click here.

Springtime Continued... by Tracy Munson

Maybe it was the never ending winter that is making me want to squeeze every dewdrop and blossom out of this Spring, but I can't get enough!

A young doe among the Cherry Trees, early on a misty morning in High Park, Toronto.

High Park has been utterly insane, but if you get there early enough, you can still get photos without the crowds.  The morning we went was fabulously foggy, which is quickly becoming my favourite weather condition to take photos in.  I have a feeling that will serve me well on our upcoming trip to Newfoundland!

Early morning fog adds some atmosphere to the sakura in High Park, Toronto.

After an hour or so, the park was beginning to get more crowded (it was still only 7AM!).  We popped home for some coffee and pancakes and I took the opportunity to dash over to a neighbour's beautiful front garden to test out the macro capabilities of my new Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens.  Have I mentioned that I love this lens?

Raindrops on a white tulip petal. 

Pink tulip with raindrops on a textured background.

Then back to the park, by 8AM and already we got the last parking spot, only because someone was leaving!  We were hoping for some migratory birds, but had no luck and had to settle for Mr Wood Duck and his reflection.

A male wood duck and his reflection swimming in a pond in High Park, Toronto.

Speaking of Dogs Calendar Outtakes by Tracy Munson

Graham and I had such a blast photographing dogs for the Speaking of Dogs calendar on the weekend.  Last year's calendar turned out amazing, but I'll let you in on a little secret, this one is going to be even better!  There were some real characters in the bunch and a lot of hilarity. Here's a little sneak peek at some of my favourite outtakes.

Don't worry, I got loads of great photos of these dogs for the calendar...these just ain't them.

Don't worry, I got loads of great photos of these dogs for the calendar...these just ain't them.

Mature Lady "Champ" in Toronto by Tracy Munson

A few weeks ago, we met Champ,  a stunning German Shepherd dog who is looking for a home through Speaking of Dogs Rescue, in the Greater Toronto Area.  Champ is a classy lady who is aging with grace and hanging on to her looks rather well!  She is calm and dignified and would make a lovely and well mannered addition to the family.

Champ is a mature German Shepherd dog and a true lady.  She is seeking a home in the Greater Toronto Area.

Champ is a mature German Shepherd dog and a true lady.  She is seeking a home in the Greater Toronto Area.

After being spayed and having her teeth cleaned, it was discovered that Champ had Lyme disease! She has been treated and is feeling much better.  Don't worry, Lyme disease isn't contagious to other pets or people, but it is carried by ticks, so this is a reminder to be careful, use tick repellent and check yourself and pets thoroughly after hikes, especially in tall grasses.  I found one of the nasty little buggers on my neck last year, after wading into a field of canola after the perfect angle for a photo.

It was worth it, but only because I did NOT contract Lyme disease. That would have sucked.

It was worth it, but only because I did NOT contract Lyme disease. That would have sucked.

Anyway, I digress.  Champ is a wonderful dog (who really seems like she should have a dignified name like "Audrey" or "Emma").  You can find more information about Champ (perhaps short for Champagne?) here

Still a beauty, at 11 years young...we should all be so lucky!

Still a beauty, at 11 years young...we should all be so lucky!

Springtime in High Park by Tracy Munson

The Magnolias are out and the cherry blossoms are well on their way, the birds should arrive any day now.  Meanwhile, I'm still having fun with my new lensbaby (that's the actual name of the manufacturer, btw not like "furbaby".  I'm not that crazy about my lenses YET).

An elderly gentleman sits on a park bench and enjoys the cherry blossoms in High Park, Toronto.

A soft and dreamy photo of magnolia blooms, taken with the lensbaby velvet 56 lens.

A carving of a face in the trunk of a cherry tree in High Park, Toronto.

A carving of a face in the trunk of a cherry tree in High Park, Toronto.


Rescue Dog "Chex" in Toronto by Tracy Munson

This week, I photographed a lovely boy for Speaking of Dogs Rescue in Toronto.  He is an outgoing, energetic collie mix and he is very attentive and smart.  He also gets along well with other dogs, which is a bonus.  For more information on Chex and the other dogs available right now, visit http://speakingofdogs.com/available-dogs/

Chex is a rescue dog available in the GTA through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Chex is a rescue dog available in the GTA through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Chex is a rescue dog available in the GTA through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Chex is a rescue dog available in the GTA through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Chex is a rescue dog available in the GTA through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Chex is a rescue dog available in the GTA through Speaking of Dogs Rescue.

Springtime is coming.... by Tracy Munson

...And I got some new lenses!  Super excited about my new telephoto which is going to allow me to capture some pretty awesome wildlife photos AND my new, dreamy portrait and macro lens that will let me capture amazing details.  Can't wait to have more exotic subject matter than robins and squirrels.