"Ruffie" 100 Dog Strangers

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Meet Ruffi! Named after the famed "Ruffian" the greatest thoroughbred filly of all time. Nicknamed Queen of the Fillies, Ruffian won the Triple Tiara in 1975. In a match against that years Triple Crown winner "Foolish Pleasure"at Belmont Park, Ruffian broke her leg. They repaired her leg but when she began to re-awaken after surgery she became frantic and further damaged her leg. She was sadly euthanized .
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Adding to my
The Canine version of "100 Strangers".
A photographic record of all the wonderful dogs I meet in my travels.
 Began in 2012 and ending... TBD.

Frolicking in the Waves - 100 Dog Strangers

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Participating in Wordless Wednesday

Adding to my
The Canine version of "100 Strangers".
A photographic record of all the wonderful dogs I meet in my travels.
 Began in 2012 and ending... TBD.

Bashful Peonies

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Peonies! What is not to love about these show stopping blooms! Every year we attend the Botanical Gardens Peony Festival and take in the fragrant and humongous blooms. I am still dreaming about one day owning the 100mm 2.8 Macro lens but for now I enjoyed trying out a macro filter over my 85mm lens.

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There is a lot of history around Peonies. They are also referred to as "the plant of healing" and thought to keep evil spirits away.

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Greek mythology says the flower Peony is named after Paeon who was a mortal known as the physician to the Gods.  Paeon was asked by Leto (the goddess of fertility and Apollo's Mother) to find a flower that would sooth pain for women in childbirth. Paeon's mentor Asclepius had such a jealous rage that Zeus thought it best to turn Paeon into a Peony to save his life. 

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Peonies come can be red, pink, white, orange or yellow and the blooms can reach 8 inches in size.

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This was a dog friendly event so Kodee and Becky tagged along for the fun. Becky's goal for the day was to enthusiastically greet all who passed her. Kodee had a mission too - it was to attempt eating the flowers scattered on the ground. Not a good idea Kodee considering peonies are toxic to dogs!

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The peony gardens turned out to be an appropriate spot to photograph Kodee's for my "12 Months For Dogs" FlickR group project because June's theme was "Seasonal". If a magazine ever existed called Dogs & Gardens I know I would be first in line to subscribe!

6/12 Kodee 2014 "Seasonal"

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Joining in the fun with  "Today's Flowers"

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