Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

This week’s photo challenge is Variations on a theme.

We love going for walks with Lotta, one of our favourite walks is in our local forest. The forest trails go on for miles and the scenery is beautiful. I have a feeling Lotta loves these walks too!







Featured is a dog bandana from ‘Bramble & Friends’, you can find them on Instagram. Lotta is wearing the Summit Parka jacket from Hurtta and the lead is a Hurtta’s casual rope lead.

Weekly photo challenge ‘Satisfaction’


Yes, I did it! Getting the shot you hoped for with animals can be really tricky. This photo above took quite a few tries, as you can imagine. It’s maybe a little on the dark side but I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I took this photo on our walk this morning and was walking past a hollow tree on route and thought it would be the perfect setting to take a shot of Lotta looking through to the other side at me. Of course there was bribery involved, who am I kidding, Lotta isn’t a perfectly trained TV dog.

I get a lot of satisfaction lately with photos that turn out just the way I’d like them to. Lotta seems to enjoy her walks and of course her treats too. She licks her lips every time I get my mobile out. I hope you get some satisfaction reading this post!



Take A Walk On the Wildside


[Taken with a Pentax sf10 on auto] #nofilter

I really enjoy my walks with Lotta. A lot of people see it as a chore to be done, I see it as our time to bond and get out in the fresh air to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of nature. On several occasions I wish I’d had a camera with me, like the day when I spotted an owl resting on the ground or the time when we went for a walk in the woods and looked up to see a stag staring straight back at me. Lotta had no clue of his presence. The only encounter I really dread is that of a wild boar. I really wouldn’t want to experience that but it may well happen as they live in our woods.


[Taken with a Motorola G4 HDR]

Apart from the health benefits of getting some exercise, I also find walking the dog a great stress relief. It frees up your thoughts and lets your mind wander. This is where creativity flourishes, many ideas have come to me on a walk, my husband has said the same.

Lotta loves her walks as most dogs do. Our everyday routes have limited places where I can safely let her off the lead. We’re surrounded by busy roads and rail lines. I lost her once in a woody area. I thought it was safe to let her roam free as we were on a track and I could see for miles. Little did I know there was a hare hiding in the Mais field, as most people probably know dogs have an amazing sense of smell, she caught whiff of his scent and before I could react in time she was off. Hurling through the Mais field up towards the wooded area, it was then I saw the hare running for its life. She left me standing there for ten minutes, occasionally checking to see if I was still there, whistling until I was blue in the face. My main concern was the busy main road close by, I was worried she would get too close to comfort. All’s well that ends well, she did finally come back to me. I’ve heard of people losing their dogs for an hour!! As you can imagine I am very careful where I let her off the lead now.

Lotta enjoying the view on one of our favourite walks.003_4008_9

[Pentax sf10 auto] #nofilter

I’m trying to decide which camera to buy. Any advice would be gratefully received. I don’t want anything too simple as I would love to learn more about photography. It needs to be an all rounder ie. Motion pictures of the dog but also landscape. It shouldn’t be too bulky either as it will accompany me on our adventures. TIA


[Pentax sf10 Auto]