Ivy Versus the Beastly Flu

It would be nonsensical to say that Ivy protected me from the nasty flu.  It bit me but good.  The last 2 -3 days were deathly uncomfortabel but still full of workmen doing previously contracted work on the house.  Ivy “helped” by barking at each of them and the baby girl could scare anyone even with her ribbon with bow.  Those big lungs bellow well and the huge, white teeth keep me ordering her to “callate” which she does for short periods as if stifling sobs that try to come out.  I sat with the contratctor outside and that elicited her try to come protect me (who really knows what lurks in the mind of a Giant Schnauzer?).

She forcefully pushed me to get my exercise which is necessary by taking her on the walks she needs and coming home to play “fetch” more often than excites me.  That, though, ends soon since her idea of fetch is to go after the ball and return in triumph.  I am working hard to convince her that the part where she gives it back is an important element of continuity in the game.

Then there was the 2d expensive leather leash she bit into pieces.  Next time I’m going to Home Depot for heavy steel links.

But, under all of it, was Ivy helping me fight the damn flu by concentrating on a 50-60 lb. fluffy, ear licking machine with the bright eyes and big heart.

The picture is last month's.  She just had a similar cut; pale blue ribbon this time.

The picture is last month’s. She just had a similar cut; pale blue ribbon this time.

Mayan Cries Under Spanish Invaders

The conquering family overlook the Paseo de Montejo grand avenue and, from their home on the central square, built by Mayan slaves from the stones of their temple, the cries of slaves reverberate nearly 500 years later…

Casona Montejo/Montejo family mansion on the Parque, Merida.

Casona Montejo/Montejo family mansion on the Parque, Merida.

Controversial statue atop monument at the foot of Paseo de Montejo, Merida. Conquerers of Merida

Controversial statue atop monument at the foot of Paseo de Montejo, Merida. Conquerers of Merida

Trading Places

There has been a long history of self-portraits/autoretratos. Now they are called “Selfies” in a self-centered way. These are self-portraits of us: me and my alter-ego, Ivy (sometimes called La Bestia).Selfie10.22.14Ivy

Selfie10.23.14wIvy

Refraction: Bent Lights & Rainbows

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Refraction.

The concept is great since it forced me to physicsclassroom.com for a refresher on refraction.

First a recent image of a water droplet hanging from a banana flower refracting a view of my garden:

New Banana LeaveMost illustrative is an old shot from my dock on the shore of laguna Bacalar, Q.Roo, Mexico:If there is no pot of gold; at least enjoy the colors

Overlooked: 2 Caged Flowers

Flowers from the tree of life/ Flores del arbol de la vida. The tree grows; the flowers die/ El arbol crece; las flores mueren.

Overlooked:

Overlooked:

Sexy Pink And Yellow

Macro flower in my garden.

Macro flower in my garden.

Riesenschnauzer Ivy, Our Giant Companion

I took this in July, tried one in B&W (earlier post), then re-edited in Aperture.

The Giant Schnauzer is an intelligent, versatile working dog that will be calm with enough exercise. Reliable, brave, loyal, bold and vigorous, it loves to be with its owner at all times. It is easy to train, responding best to firm, calm consistency with a positive attitude, rewarding good behavior. If the Giant Schnauzer is properly trained and well exercised with a firm owner, it makes a very good pet. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. Giant Schnauzers tend to be on the dominant side and need an owner who understands canine behaviors and knows how to display authority, in a calm, but stern, confident manner and be consistent about it. Without it they may become overprotective and serious, with a hard-headed temperament, as they believe they are alpha to humans. (http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/giantschnauzer.htm )

These eyes show her intelligence and the primordial wolf that lurks. She just celebrated her 1st birthday-rescued about 6 months ago. She has made big changes since then:clean, vaccinated, groomed,happy & loved.

I spent most of my life (after an attack as a child) in terror of dogs – a huge,black one with big teeth was my worst nightmare. Instead she gave me “heartworm” by worming her way into mine big time.

Wolfen eyes, canine intelligence, brave, protective, loving and stubborn.

Wolfen eyes, canine intelligence, brave, protective, loving and stubborn.

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