Wednesday, January 01, 2014

My Year in Photos 2013

Been a while since i've done a blog post here, but figured i'd keep up doing a year in photos thing. It's really shown me that i need to get shooting again, i miss it, but have felt so bad with doctor's visits and such that i haven't been up to it much. Hopefully this whole thing will get worked out and i can get back to fun shooting. Here's hoping for a better 2014.

   Only one real shoot in January, and it was cold as sin out, was afraid my car wasn't going to start at all to make it, and when i did get there, i found my 5D Mark 2 had dead batteries, so it was all infrared. Not a terrible thing, but Not what i was planning on.

   Nothing in this month other than Butters going through his first huge molt. Yikes.

   Much more here, Drag show, bunnies, nature, and two model shoots. Think i'm going to have to go with the drag show though, even though though the Stephy C shoot has gotten the most hits on flickr. Surprise, shooting a playboy model gets views. ;)

   There was Unity in the Community, but i am going to have to go with the macarons i got myself for my birthday. The Earl Grey tea ones were heavenly, and i love the photo i took of them. 

   Not many photos, and i'll spare the injured toe photos, when things started going wrong, as it got infected and just didn't stop for months of antibiotics. Ugh. So instead, a photo of the freak blizzard we got, not long before we got unseasonably warm temps. Crazy spring. 

  Not much this month, but did get out, even though i felt like hell. Not a good sign for the months to come, that's for sure. Did get a beach shoot in during a heat wave, which made me not feel good even more. 

   Lots of minor random photos, but of course Freakfest is going to take the lead. Lots of people i care about that i haven't seen in ages, and miss.

   Seven photos all month? Yikes. Yep, sign of things to come. This is my favorite of that month though. Baby squirrels. 

   Not much this month either, but how can i not post this photo, of the two poopers being cute?

   Start of the many, many doctor visits, but did get out to the fall drag show, even if i'm not exactly happy with the photos. I was coming down with a flu or cold that lasted a week after going, so that was fun. The show was, but not the sick. There was also the Falcon's Got Talent thing a week before, but i still prefer the drag show. 

   Pretty much only Culture Fest. It was fun, but body wasn't happy with me. On the way out, i got recognized by one of the dancers from previous events, that was funny. She saw the photos on flickr, and she said "I think you've taken photos of me, i've seen them on flikr." Not in a bad way thankfully. I still got pretty nervous though, i always worry people will hate the photos i take of them. 

   Ten photos, and most are of crows. Shocker. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My year in photos, 2012

I figured i'd do another one of these, describing my year with photos from each month in 2012. Obviously this will most likely get NSFW again.

   Slow month for photos, the best was the shoot with Jade, she's an awesome model and fun to work with. I took a lot of infrared shots, and they turned out great, the color ones turned out great too. Really need to work with her again i think. It's odd, it feels longer ago thinking about it, but i mentioned that last time i did this too.

   Quite a few things it seems, African Night, Dancing with the UW-RF Stars, the wearable fashion exhibit, and Hot Air Affair in Hudson. Going with an IR shot of African Night, the belly dancer, i had made a diy infrared flash and was trying things out. Nice as it let me get better lit shots without annoying anyone.

   Another interesting month, with the Warehouse benefit fashion show, Roots and Bluegrass in town, and St. Patrick's day bed races also in town, almost all done in IR, i seemed to be on a kick. ;) Going with a shot of the lead singer of I-Scintilla, back in the 90s i had spent a lot of time at the Warehouse where i made a lot of good friends and still have a lot of good memories of that time. 

   Lots of things, besides my birthday, Painted Ladies body-painting meetup, Unity in the Community, Drag Show on campus, and the International Bazaar on campus. Think i'll have to go with the body painting though, how often do you get to shoot such great painters and models? Not often enough sadly. 

   Things slowed down here, for various reasons. I only posted 45 images in the whole of May. I did go to Pittsville though and got to see my whole family at once, which is rarer than you'd think with families now. So this image is one of my mom's irises that i always love. 

   Good month for photography, but the writing was on the wall for my bunnies sadly. The good was the Olde Farm shoot, Chi in the park, Summer Music Series, and the Anything Ghost haunted house shoot. This is a rough one, the Farm shoot and Ghost ones are some of my favorite work, one of nudes and the other gothic lolita, which i don't shoot enough of. For the image here though, i think i'm going to have to go with the Ghost shoot, not to slight the others though.

   Bunny wise this month sucked big time. Emily died suddenly (may have been late june, it's all a blur), Kitty deteriorated to the point where she needed to be put to sleep after hurting her back, Jerry got sick and was taken to the vet, but passed away the next day. I tried to distract myself with some photography though, Taste of Nepal, a Ballet Dancers meetup, Club Splash meetup, and one of the days of River Falls Days. Going to have to go with the Club Splash meetup, i wasn't the most with it with the bunny troubles, and it was insanely hot in the pool room, and outside even, but i did some more fun IR shooting and met some great models and other photographers. 

   Seven photos total in that month, Amanda was depressed from Jerry passing, and when i took her in to the vet he found she was riddled with cancerous tumors, most in her guts and lungs. He felt she would have a painful time and it would be best to not let her wake up from the anesthesia from getting x-rays of her. It was hard, especially since she was the last bunny of the four passing in such a short time, but i had to agree. I was a wreck until later in the month, when one of the best things to happen to me was brought up here by an old friend of mine. Butters the awesome bunny. 

  Still not many photos, was still reeling from loosing so many of the bunnies, but Butters was helping. 

   Still not many photos, did get another camera converted to a different type of Infrared that can get more color than the previous one. 

   Finally got more shooting in, still miss the bunnies who passed, but felt good to shoot again. Had the Riverdazzle Parade, shot Kaia, Culture Fest at the university, and the Hot Sams fire spinners meetup. Again, this one is hard, Kaia is awesome, and so were the fire spinners, and i shot both in IR again. Think i will have to go with the fire spinners as it's something i've never shot, and was a new and fun experience. 

   Not much shooting this month at all really, and i don't see any happening until the new year, so this will be it. Going to have to go with the fact that i recently got a friend for Butters, named Plopp. (was named Somo at the humane society, but it didn't seem to fit, hopefully he doesn't mind)

So there you go, pretty crap year, seeing as i also didn't talk about heath issues and trips to various doctors, car troubles, etc. Hopefully this next year will be better, both personally and photographically. You know it's bad when your camera gets dust on it. :P

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Roo Bunny Butters

Now i'm living with just one bunny, Roo Bunny Butters, so named as my friend who brought him had already named him Butters, and another good friend send me and him mail calling him Roo Bunny Butters. He's a beautiful rex, way too smart for his own good and always trying to get in things and past baby gates.

Here he is on the chair i have in my library/living room. He hopped up there and was curious what i was doing with the camera.

Dancing like a manic. He bounces from a stand still straight up in the air, around three feet up sometimes. Very hard to catch on camera, but adorable.

One of his favorite spots, on the windowsill of the front window. He mostly goes up there during the day, and will sit there for hours, sometimes falling asleep.

A view of him from the outside, heh. How cute is this? Very. That's the answer.

So anyway, he makes me very happy now, and i honestly don't know what i would do without him. It was especially hard before he came, as i went to many humane societies around here and before he came, none of them had any bunnies. I might get him a companion at some point, but i want his health to be good and possibly get him fixed before that, even though if i do get another, they will most likely be fixed already.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Amanda Bunny

I had just realized i hadn't posted in quite some time, and didn't post about Amanda. Amanda passed not long after Jerry. She had a rough time with him passing, and she had stopped eating so i took her to the vet. He could tell something was very wrong with her, and after sedating her and getting x-rays, he saw that she had very advanced cancer that had spread to her lungs and stomach. He advised that she was in a lot of pain, and was having a hard time breathing, and it would be best to not let her wake up. My heart still breaks at this decision, she was the last of the four to pass over summer, but i want to share some good memories of her.

Here she is with Emily quite soon after i brought them home, look at how tiny they were! Little bunlets who got along for a good time, and then they got older and started fighting, which made me sad, but i've been told that female bunnies are the ones that get more territorial.

She used to love to jump up in the hay box and munch away for quite some time. It was pretty cute how she'd hang out in there for a while.

Her and Jerry were really great partners, and they would hang out in these boxes by the back door. Jerry passed away right next to this box actually, and Amanda avoided it after that. It was great how they got along though, perfect friends, always eager to be together, grooming each other, although some times Amanda would mount Jerry and try to hump him. He'd have none of it though, not getting angry but just hopping away until she gave up.

The last photo i took of her. She pretty much hung out under this stool after Jerry passed. She didn't play much if any at all. She'd rest her chin on the bar, and ignored treats. She was a great bunny, even if she wasn't ever too keen on me, probably because i had to separate her and Jerry so other bunnies could play.

There was a period of no bunnies here, and it was rough. Just too quiet, i kept looking for them even though i knew they weren't here anymore. I was getting pretty depressed too, not seeing much hope or anything. That is, until a friend had a stray bunny brought to her and she suggested bringing him up here for me. That bunny was Butters, who is awesome.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Jerry Bunny

One of the very first images i took of Jerry after i got him.

Jerry passed away wednesday, even though i've lost total track of time since then and it feels like that's not the day, but it is. This loss has hit me the most, i can't really put it into words, but i'm devastated by this loss. Emily passing was a shock and surprise, and hurt a lot, but the other bunnies were around to help. Kitty was something i was building myself up to, still hurt, and miss her a lot, but knew it was coming. Jerry was surprising to me, even though he was over 10 years old, and expected someday, but not so soon after both Kitty and Emily. 

Jerry on the rug, Emily in the cage (she fought with Amanda, so they had to be separate when the other was playing). Black rug with a white bunny, that rug never stayed fur free. ;)

 I got Jerry from the Humane Society that used to be here at the end of 2004. They had caught him outside, someone had just let him go, probably when they tired of caring for him, which boggles my mind, beyond the fact that he was the sweetest bunny ever, and so affectionate. They named him Jerry after Jerry Garcia, since he was so mello and calm. He was good friends with everyone besides Kitty, who he got into a bad fight one time when she opened up her area and got out. He bit her pretty hard on the face, the only time i've ever seen him fight or bite. Not sure what set them off. Kitty has always been pretty territorial, but she was also found after someone let her go. He also didn't seem to get as well along with Zack, but seeing as Kitty and Zack were very well bonded, and always together, that kind of makes sense. 

One of my favorite photos of him. I was at the counter, and heard this odd nose, and saw this. So cute, he was digging and playing in the dirt. Made a little bit of mess, but how could i mind? 

Jerry seemed to have a good life here, two girlfriends, lots of room to run around (almost never in a cage, only when others he would fight with were out for safety), and plenty of good treats (not too many though). It was always sweet how he would like to sit by my feet in the kitchen, and greet me when i came down for the morning. It seems so empty here now, with only Amanda (who is depressed since he passed, she's avoiding the room he passed in, not playing, but she's eating, so that's good) around. Amanda has always been kind of the odd one, she's never been rough with me, but seems to not like me as much. She'll avoid me picking her up, touching her, etc. Love her tons, but it's funny how she is so strong headed, even after all these years. I am debating getting her a companion, but she's eight also, and she might not get along with them. I do know once she passes that it will be even more lonely here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

kitty bunny is breaking my heart.

This is Kitty Bunny in better days. The last month or so has not been good to her. She's pretty old now, around 10 or older, and her health has gone down hill. Today she seems to have lost the use of her back legs. She's been having a harder time grooming herself lately, and getting in and out of the potty, but today she spent most of the day in there. She ate a good deal of fresh greens, so that's good, but when she tried to get out, she got stuck. I recently replaced her old pan with a much lower one, so she can get in and out better, but seeing her half in and half out just broke my heart. She didn't want me to help her, when i tried she acted like i was going to hurt her. She is so far from her old self that it's like she is a completely different bunny. The only thing the same is that she is a fighter. She's very frail looking and feeling, and rests more than not, but the fact that she is still going is how i know it's her.

That's her with Zack, who passed away a while ago due to kidney failure. He got skinny too really quickly, and had many visits to the vet to make him more comfortable, but he passed pretty quickly. I went upstairs and an hour later he was passed away in his and Kitty's house. She was devastated. She didn't eat for a while, and took a few months to act like herself again, although to be honest she never really seemed to get back to how she seemed with Zack around. They really made a great couple, especially since she really never got along with any of the other bunns in the house.

This is the most recent photo i have of her, about a month old or so, and will probably be the last i take, as while i love her, i want to remember the good, not how sad she looks lately. We were hanging out on the stairs, giving her medicine, grooming her, and watching her rest. She's still an awesome bunny, but i'm now bracing myself to come down and find her passed away. When she's too quiet lately, i go and check on her even.

I know and knew when i got these poopers that while they can live 12 to 14 years, that i would most likely outlive them and have to watch them pass. It's just after Clover having the surprise death (vet said he may have seen a predator out the window and freaked out), and Zack with being sick but passing relatively quickly, watching Kitty take so long and being so helpless is rough. It's even harder that when i have to do things that help her, like bathing, meds, etc, i can't explain to her that i'm trying to help make her feel better. I know it's not the most enjoyable experience for her, but it would be nice if i could get her to understand. I'm also bracing myself for Jerry having problems. He's her age or so, and is also showing his age. He's also been having potty troubles, and sleeping a lot, but still moves pretty good. Especially when treats are involved. Anyway, not sure what this post is about, other than to get these feelings out. These bunnies have been there for me longer than anyone i've dated, and quite literally saved my life more than once. So i hope they were made happy while here.

So i typed this last night. Today around 2 or so, i heard Emily screaming loudly and had no clue why she was. I rush in there, she starts convulsing in bad directions i've never seen a bunny do. She then passed away. All within a couple of minutes. I didn't even have time to run to the phone and call the vet. I'm heart broken, she and Amanda are the youngest, at about eight years old, and as you could probably tell from the post i was expecting either Kitty or Jerry to pass first. I didn't see this coming, at all. I'm devastated.

My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Worried about Kitty Bunny

This is Kitty Bunny from a while ago. I'm pretty worried about her, she was at the vet a few days ago as she stopped eating like she used to, and wasn't acting like herself. The vet found she had a very, very high white blood cell count, so an infection of some sort. She didn't know exactly what caused it, but Kitty stayed overnight so they could watch her. They sent her home the next day and said they are optimistic about her odds. She seemed better for a couple days, nibbling on food, but still obviously not happy. Sadly she seems to be not doing so well. She's not too keen on taking her medicine, three different types, and will try to avoid letting me give them to her, but eventually does. She's eating less, hiding, and seems really skinny. I'm reminded of when Zack was bad off, although the vet said her kidneys were fine, but it's got me preparing for the worst.

I know they don't live the longest, about 12 to 14 years seems to be the longest, and kitty was an adult when i got her about eight years ago. So who knows how old she is, but none of the bunnies are very young anymore. Funny fact, i've had the bunnies much longer than any relationship i've been in (talking dating here, not family and such), so they are a huge part of my life. They've been there when i've needed them, and hopefully i've been there when they need me and hopefully they all have had a better life after coming here from the humane society. I love my crazy pooper bunnies and hope they all stay okay.