Unlocking The Landscape Part 5

The Towpath is popular with dog-walkers

Unlocking The Landscape Part 5

Jude (The Earth Laughs In Flowers) commented the other day how much she liked the processing of the Lock Gate photos, that they were reminiscent of a Constable Painting. John Constable was well known for producing romantic images of the English Landscape and I often find that his visions are in the back of my mind when I’m out photographing scenes and later processing them at home. This one’s for you Jude!

Lock Gates with a painted effect

New four-legged friends:

The towpath of the Basingstoke Canal is very popular with dog-walkers. The dogs themselves just love it out there! New friends to make, lots of interesting smells, sticks, squirrels, ducks, people, children and the water itself. I really love meeting dogs out on the path and very often have an interesting chat with their owners, many of whom are passionate about the local environment and have a good eye for the wildlife too. It was a dog walker who first alerted me to the appearance of our two lovely kingfishers!

And some old favourites:

Part of Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

29 comments on “Unlocking The Landscape Part 5

  1. Great photos of the dogs Sarah, and the lock gate photo is quite Constable-ish πŸ™‚ I’m envious that you can talk to other dog owners, unfortunately our dog is quite unsociable, and will often ‘snap’ at other dogs when they start sniffing his bits. I therefore tend to avoid stopping and chatting, something I used to do a lot before I had a dog.

    • Thanks Andy πŸ™‚ How’s it going? We had one problem dog who took a lot of work but came pretty good eventually! He’d been badly treated by a frail elderly couple who passed away when he was still a pup. Breeder should never have let a spaniel go to them in the first place!! He was always terrified of elderly people so we had a bit of trouble from that. Lots of training! Do you muzzle him? It can relieve some of your stress when you’re out which in turn actually makes your dog less stressed! As hard as it is, stopping him from socialising at all will probably make him worse. He needs to feel comfortable around other dogs but you have to show him the way as Alpha. Any local training groups you could join?

      • It’s going well Sarah, just been too busy to get on the blog much recently. How are you?
        I hadn’t thought about that, but your right about letting Jake get used to socialising with other dogs, like your dog, he is a rescue dog, and will often snap at other men, but he’s fine with women. Maybe I’ll try him again with a muzzle, he really didn’t like the first one we had. And I’ll look into any local training groups πŸ™‚

      • Been a bit under the weather but pushing through it as always πŸ™‚ It’s takes time with dogs who’ve had some kind of trauma! The main thing is not letting his behaviour dictate how you behave or it just becomes a hard to break pattern. There’s loads of books out there on dealing with trauma in rescues! Local vets or rescue centres can probably point you in the right direction of classes. Be warned though, dog classes are really about training the owner πŸ˜‰

      • Sorry to hear you are feeling a bit under the weather Sarah, hopefully some sunny spring weather will help you feel a wee bit better πŸ™‚ And thanks for all the advice on dog training, I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

      • My pleasure Andy! I really hope it proves helpful. Yes, when the sun comes out it’s just lovely at the moment! We’re in for quite a mixed week I think. It’s been nice to get plenty of fresh air this weekend πŸ™‚ Hope you have a good week!

      • Thanks Sarah, hope you have a wonderful and warmer week than we are due to have. Our max daytime temp is set to be 8 degrees 😦 But hopefully the weather forecasters have got it wrong! πŸ™‚

      • I think it’s going to be all over the place!! Weather’s changing to come in from the north so we’re all going to have some chilly winds. I think there’s a possibility of thunderstorms around here in the next few days so I might head up to the hills to see if I can get anything dramatic πŸ˜€

  2. Excellent shots of these gorgeous dogs Sarah. Wow! You certainly captured them in all their beauty! Jude is so right about the lock gate photo. You definitely have a great eye for capturing the beauty around you. πŸ˜€ β™₯

    • Thanks so much Sophia πŸ™‚ I miss our own dogs so very much but I really get a kick out of meeting some of the local canine community. Every dog I meet has their own individual personality and relationship with their family. It’s a great thing to see πŸ™‚

      • You’re very welcome sweets. Yes, I know what you mean and that is just so awesome! I wish we had dogwalkers here.

        That is so true and I am sure it is. You are so blessed. πŸ˜€

      • Not at all. Some owners would take their dogs down to the Oewerclub, but no dog walkers.

        It must be so awesome to see them all walk around with those gorgeous dogs and I a can only imagine. πŸ˜€

      • Dear lord, an owner club?!? Talk about completely different cultures! It’s absolutely a part of going out in the countryside here. This would be a country full of incredibly unhealthy people if it wasn’t for dogwalking!

      • No, to the Oewerclub, where I take most of my landscape photos. Here it’s also just country and not far from the city, but far enough.

        I think that is what most of us need here. Dogwalking jobs! LOL!

      • Haha! I think that UK cities and towns are quite blessed to have a lot of green spaces still within them but there’s nothing like getting right out into the countryside, away from all the sounds of traffic etc! I actually know people who make a living from dogwalking for people who work longer hours.

      • I think so as well and some really do look awesome, but you’re right, there’s nothing better than being out in the country, away from everything. LOL!

        I’ve heard and see that on the internet. I think in the cities here they might do that, but are not sure. I avoid going to busy places. πŸ˜€

      • I’m not too keen on busy crowded places either but I do go up to London for hospital a fair bit and I like to escape to one of the parks if I can. Hyde Park is great for wildlife!! I’m hoping to go up to London Zoo at Regents Park soon with a good friend of mine. I just don’t like the travelling in and out of town! Far too many people all crushed together on trains or endless hours in the car driving 20 miles. I don’t know how people cope with commuting to the city to work every day!

      • It’s lovely that the Hospital have a park nearby. It sounds like a lovely place.

        Sounds like great fun sweetie and I am sure you will enjoy it very much.

        Same here, especially with the traffic and funny enough, I said that to my youngest son the other day. We were watching a movie and I said to him I wonder how those people cope with the commuting. I would really die slowly. πŸ˜†

    • Thanks Jude and my pleasure πŸ˜€ Yes, considering it wasn’t a brilliant week the weekend itself has been just lovely! We were luckier than some with the weather so I’ve been out with the camera all weekend. First ducklings spotted today πŸ˜€

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