The Haps: Backyard Photo Shoots, Doggie Classes, and a Riot of Green


Our chickens have officially experienced their first ever real photo shoot. We’re talking big reflective flashes on stands, multiple lenses, and a photographer lying in the muddy grass, all Austin Powers style (“Yes! Yes! NO! NO! NO!”).

Indianapolis Monthly, which is a pretty great magazine (we used to subscribe to it but started getting overwhelmed by the piles of magazines everywhere we looked), is doing an article on backyard chickens in their April edition, and they decided they wanted to meet us. What an honor!

I just hope the photog (that’s what they call them in the biz, right?) got at least one or two decent shots. It has been gray and brown and muddy and generally very uninspiring in the backyard lately, and the girls… well, they look like their surroundings: muddy and damp and brown instead of bright and shiny and pretty.


In other menagerie-related news, our sweet puppy turned seven months old yesterday – when did she get so big?! Our big girl also got her official doggie diploma. I’m so proud I could cry.

20130302. Birdie graduates!

20130302. Birdie's repertoire.

Birdie’s repertoire… sort of. She’s really good at some things, not so good at others. Particularly if other people, dogs, cars, or squirrels are involved.


Thankfully, although the gray outside won’t seem to lift, we have a riot of green in our basement. The only regret I have this year is that our seedlings are hidden away, and I can’t appreciate them all day, every day. It brings me a bit of peace (and a good dose of Vitamin D), though, to visit them.

20130302. Riot of green.What does your weekend look like?

2 thoughts on “The Haps: Backyard Photo Shoots, Doggie Classes, and a Riot of Green

  1. Hello!
    I usually appreciate your blog; however, I was surprised to see a picture of Mao Zedong next to Birdies’ diploma. This is rather confusing. Do you idolize a man responsible for stomping on basic human rights, barbaric executions, forced labor camps, and the starvation of his people? I am disappointed. Truly.

    • Thanks for your comment. I certainly DON’T appreciate Chairman Mao and his rule, and I would hope no one reading this blog would even begin to imagine I would “idolize” such a person. Anyway. What I do appreciate is Andy Warhol’s statements on the subject made through his series of Mao screen prints, which is where that magnet comes from. I couldn’t say it any better than the Art Institute of Chicago’s website on the series: “In this example from his Mao series, Warhol melded his signature style with the scale of totalitarian propaganda to address the cult of personality surrounding Chinese ruler Mao Zedong (1893–1976). Nearly 15 feet tall, this towering work mimics the representations of the political figure that were ubiquitous throughout China.”

      It goes on: “Ultimately, the portrait shows Warhol at his most painterly, rendering Mao, an enemy of individualism, in a brazenly personal style.” In essence, Warhol was making fun of Mao, not idolizing him. Whee, Saturday morning art history!

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