Frog in the Face


A little humor for your day.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

This is like a pie in the face, only different.

Moment shots are my favorite. They happen for only a split second and if caught on camera they can be amazing.

This moment may not be amazing, but it does show emotion. I took it at this year’s Mint Festival and Frog Jump in Jefferson, Oregon this past July.

The girl holding the frog and the girl with the frog in her face are friends. Kids can be mean, what can I say?

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Oscar the Ostrich


An Ostrich to brighten your Thursday!

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

I don’t really know this ostrich’s name, but he reminds me of Oscar the Grouch off the American children’s show, Sesame Street.

Can you see the resemblance too?

This big bird lives at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. He spends a good deal of his time standing in the road putting on a show for the passing cars. He opens his mouth wide, chomps at the air, closes his eyes and makes big gulping motions.

I assume he’s begging (demanding?) food. But whatever he’s doing, it’s very bizarre. And a little freaky, although he looks fairly friendly and docile in this shot.

Ostrich’s are known to peck at shiny things, such as wedding rings or human eyes so we left our windows rolled up tight. This photo was shot through the driver’s side glass with my new camera. The camera and I are getting acquainted. It doesn’t yet feel like an…

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Sandy Reflected Dance


A Day at the Beach.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

I like this photo for several reasons.

First, because it’s of my boys.

Second, because my boys are cooperating during the moment I took this, instead of squabbling.

Third, I like the motion of the composition. The youngest was dropping a shell in a bag held by his big brother, but it looks almost as if he’s dancing.

And fourth, I adore the reflection in the skim of water on the beach sand.

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Dog Flying with Joy


If this dog’s name were Jordan… he’d be air Jordan.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

IMG_7628 - Copy (2)My family on Monday went to the coast for the day. At agate beach this little dog, along with another terrier ran full speed ahead for the waves. When their owners called the dogs back to their side I had time to crouch and shoot only a couple of quick frames.

And I do mean quick.

For having stubby legs, this little guy could fly over the sand, which is what it looks like he is literally doing here, doesn’t it?

As for composition, I do wish his little pink toes weren’t quite so near the edge of the photo. If I were one to spend a lot of time editing with Photoshop I could fix that. Also I cropped the photo. I wanted only the dog, sand and shadow to tell the story – in this case the story of exuberant joy.

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Dock and Dust


Dock in the morning hours.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

I took this photo during one of my morning walks around Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, Oregon.

I’m fond of this shot.

Photographers – I’m sure you all know that feeling, that rush of excitement when you’ve captured an image that you think may be something special. I felt it with this shot and I couldn’t wait to get home and look at it on my computer screen and mess with it in editing.

I was pretty bummed to see all the spots in the sky from dust on my camera sensor. I’d noticed spots on another recent shot, so I’d turned my camera off and on several times to activate the automatic sensor cleaner before I’d headed out around the lake that morning. These spots proved that I will have to have the sensor professionally cleaned. Thankfully, I have a back-up camera body.

If I can get the spots cleaned…

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Baby Alpaca

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Everyone, this is Wrangler. Wrangler, meet everyone.

I was covering an alpaca auction last fall for the Scio News. When three-month-old Wrangler came into the auction ring with his black mama, Glory, I couldn’t sit on my hands.

And that is the story of how we came to be alpaca ranchers.

Wrangler is my favorite of the six. He is adorable, friendly and curious. Alpacas are not fond of being handled or petted, but Wrangler will sniff noses with me and I can pet him all over while he’s eating grain from my hand.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Little Cherubs. Aren’t they sweet?

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Four adorable little angel friends.

Merry Christmas!

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