Pippalou's Blog
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An American poet, John Greenleaf Whittier wrote,"For all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been.'

As a photographer of little repute, I know all too well the sadness of the photo that might have been.

Among my specialties… More

My relationship with bugs (or, to use the technical term, insects) has always been a bit volatile. At the mere sight of a bug, instinct tells me to back away. The bigger the bug, the quicker I move. If one of them actually gets on me, people who know me best cover their ears to block out the screams, while strangers call the cops to report a murder in progres... More

The difficult thing about photographing wild birds is getting them to stay where they are. In a town or city, it's not so hard because the birds are used to humans, but in the country, it can be a real problem.

Of course, if you have one of those very expensive super-duper telephoto lenses (SDTL), you can stand in one spot and take ... More

Dear Pup Joe,

I got your recent email, and I'm writing to explain some things that you, as a young dog just starting out in the world, evidently do not understand.

First of all, always remember that you're dealing with a human. You mentioned that your human seems to have difficulty doing things at… More

You may have noticed when shopping at your local Walmart, or wherever you go, that the prices of dog treats have been rising at a steady rate.

The upward price spiral is pretty frightening, and it's no use trying to explain to your dogs that you're going to have to take out a second mortgage and get another job just to supply their treat habit.  Do they care?  Nah!  Just hand… More
Dogs are creatures of habit.  If you change anything about their daily schedule, they raise their eyebrows, shake their heads and stand firm until you figure out your mistake.

My dogs have certain treats they get at certain times of the day, and my treat closet had better be well-stocked with all the right stuff.  Or Else...

You may or may not know of these dried chicken br... More
A couple of weeks ago, I came home from the local Walmart, laden down with lots of bags (yes, plastic bags - white, recyclable) full of all kinds of good things.  For me, you ask?   Not a chance.

There may have been one or two things for me, nestling way down in the bottom, underneath all those dog treats, dog food, dog toys, dog this, dog that, dog etc.

I gazed at the weal... More
Old age has its privileges.  Twelve years ago, I was just a pup, and back in those days, I didn't know much.  When SHE Who Must Be Obeyed said, Come, I came...most of the time.  When SHE said, Sit or Down, I sat or lay down, just as I was supposed to do.  And I never, ever chewed anything up or stole any food or engaged in any of those types of criminal activities that some oth... More

Have you ever heard that newish “word” (which is not a real word)?  It's been around for a couple of years or so. You know the one. STAYcation. I mean, really. That's not a real word. You don't just take one word and stick it onto part of another word, and say it's a word.

Think about how ridiculous it sounds t... More

Some dogs love to chase cars, some get their kicks out of biting the tires.  My dog's a biter. Now, actually, she has an excuse. Pippa is a heeler (Australian Cattle Dog), a herding breed, and heelers live by the rule that if you want anything or anyone to move – or move faster – you just give them a nice sharp nip.

For … More