January 09, 2015

Looking down on the ground…

well, well, much of the snow from last week has melted.

Though there’s still plenty and our run this morning was pretty darn slippery.

Turned out to be a not so bad day. And how about this?

Basset1 and Porter, kinda like old times. With the horses in the background one can almost be fooled into thinking that this isn’t some major metropolis on all sides.

Barking of slippery runs, George sure had one on this day in 2008.

But look at how handsome he looked at the end of his run!

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January 08, 2015

Whoopee! A sunny day! Our first whole day of sun this year.

And the temperature was mild.

Dad and I checked out the Sony 16-50mm cheapo lens to see how it would do in DxO Optics 10.


It really is quite satisfying for a kit lens.

Meanwhile the Sony 55-210mm lens just doesn’t cut the muster for sharpness, but it does blend out the background fairly well.

Too bad we don’t have Windsong Rise golden grass to check the colors of this lens.

ROFL over George’s camouflage in 2008.

Catching chocolate chip cookies is worth any effort!

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January 07, 2014

What a change from yesterday! Yesterday 63 degrees with sun in the morning; this morning 13 degrees with freezing fog. Made me look old, it sure did.

It was darn slippery running, which doesn’t please me at all.
Come the afternoon, however, the sun came out to try and melt all the hoar frost from the freezing fog.

It wasn’t warm enough to do much melting.
Even the huge power lines kept the hoar frost through much of the day.

George had a cold morning run on this day in 2008.

George would tell you that the running conditions out at the Ponds were icy and treacherous. Winter can be brutal.

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January 06, 2015

Bark about a warm day today.

It got to 63 degrees!

All the snow was melting and it was getting pretty sloppy. Good thing Karen bought me a new “Wipe your paws” doormat.

It’s pretty neat looking and suits me well, as in it’s a basset thing.

Dad and I had a slippery run, gotta watch that ice. George’s run on Basset Back Ridge in 2007 was much different. The sun was just starting to rise, and George stopped to watch.


Basset Back Ridge the best George spot ever!

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January 05, 2014

You never know what weather will happen on a run. Just ask George in 2005 as he and dad finished their run on Basset Back Ridge.

Plenty of clouds today on my run, but the temperature…well, it was 54 degrees today. I decided it was a good day to make a snowman.
“You talking to me?!!!”

“Why, take that!”

“And that!!!”

Yeah, I showed that snowman who’s the boss around here on Cutters Ridge.

We did get a beautiful sunset. I think that I look pretty good with it.


Don’t you?

And one other photo of George in 2009 on Red Canyon Rim Trail.

It was a great morning for a hike!

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January 04, 2015

When’s there’s snow the tough bassets get going! Just ask George in 2008.

Or just ask me today!

Yeah, there’s still plenty of snow after we got a few inches more yesterday.

With this amount of snow, I like to enjoy a good snow bath.


Ah, that’s better!

You know, it is good skiing snow…

but I haven’t found any skis that will fit me yet. I dunno, do I go for four skies?

We did get a little sun in the afternoon, but most of the day was pretty sunless. Couldn’t we have more sun, please?!!!

And while I am asking, how about something grand to eat when I get home?
Dog oh dog! Will you look at this!

I had a feast when I got home. I call’em hamburger cakes, though Karen tells me it’s meatloaf. No matter, they are delicious! Good way to end the day.

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January 03, 2015

The day started out with some sun.

But, it didn’t last. By the time we got done hiking at Sota’s place the snow came in. It made for flying ears!

Karen got out her skis, and I raced along with her.

Bark about fun!

When we came home dad made some basset hound chocolate chip cookies.

Wow! It’s the perfect treat after being out in the snow.

George was looking forward to fig bars after his run on a wintery morning in 2007.

Nothing like Basset Back Ridge to work up an appetite!

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January 02, 2015

Well, well, this must be more snow.

Yeah, we got about 5 inches more snow yesterday afternoon and evening.

It does make for a lot of work when running.


But despite the hard work, dad and I had a great jog under sunny skies. In the afternoon I spent some time digging out Prairie Dog holes, you know, help those little buggers out. Plenty of sun and a temperature above freezing, but the snow sure didn’t go away.

Look dad! January 2nd and no snow!

Lucky George in 2009.

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January 01, 2015

Bark about a great party in celebration of my 5th anniversary of dad picking me up fron the Teton County Animal Shelter. Karen bought me my very own hamburger from Outback.

Plus I got to enjoy some of her prime rib. It’s the best gotcha day celebration I’ve ever had.

Then it was time to welcome in 2015.

Party dog that I am :-)

Happy 2015!!!

I know, I know, I’m looking like I’m a bit worn out from so much partying on New Year’s eve. But really, I was enjoying the early morning sun, catching it on my muzzle, if you know what I mean. Did I fool you into thinking I was hungover?

Today is my birthday, which means more good things coming my way, like this birthday card from Karen.

Sweet!

And this evening, birthday PIZZA for Porter!!!!!
I love living with Karen and dad!

George’s morning in 2008? Yikes, what a way to start the first day of 2008.

And I have to show George again on January 1, 2007.

A dad favorite.

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December 31, 2014

It dropped to -20 degrees last night as we went to bed. I was darn worried that dad and I would have a frigid run. But, guess what? The temperature was a balmy 5 degrees when dad and I went for the run this morning.
And we got blue skies!

This photo was taken with the super sharp Sigma 60mm lens.

How does it compare to the 55-210mm lens at 60mm?
Sigma 60mm lens:

Sony 55-210mm lens:

Yeah, that 55-210mm lens can’t compare to the Sigma 60mm lens, but the colors on the 55-210mm lens look pretty good.

Of course, if you bump the lens up to 210mm then in typical higher zoom fashion the colors get bleached out.

I’ve made my 2015 resolution; MORE TREATS FOR PORTER! Pretty darn good resolution, no?

George was finishing up 2007 with what George always did best, looking good and enjoying a hike.

Happy New Year!!!!

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December 30, 2014

It was darn cold on our run this morning, -5 degrees. Good thing Karen had bought me a new coat for the cold weather. I look pretty darn good in it, don’t ya think?

It’s an X-Large coat, but even then it can’t stretch across all my chest muscles.

I’m a big, strong basset!

We don’t live too far from Centennial Airport, so there’s always some low flying planes overhead like this jet this morning.

Dad tells me to watch out for them since another one managed to crash early in the morning, the second one in a year. Well, I’m still more worried about where my next treat is coming from.

Bark about early morning, that would be George on this day in 2008 as he scoped out the territory from Howling Rock.

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December 29, 2014

It was a cold, snowy run for dad and me this morning. I’ll woof to you that it wasn’t all that bad, and we enjoyed our time outside. Too bad the temperature just kept dropping through the day. Which reminds that I haven’t shown you the latest in Porter fashion: a Porter quilt and a Porter pillow.

Dad gave them to Karen for Christmas, but as you can see I’m not above hogging them for myself. I’ll need them with this cold snap.

That little snow of winter 2006 finally saw some snow on this day. George stopped after his run to check out the newly fallen snow.

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December 28, 2014

Darn nice day today.

I went out and climbed up on Porter’s Perch, where I tried to call the Prairie Dogs to come my way.


It didn’t work, sigh.

By the evening it was starting to get cold with a hint of snow in the air. I’m told that there will be some majorly cold weather coming tomorrow.

George’s evening was one of Christmas cheer in 2006.

After having a terrific feast George was quite content with a nap in front of the Christmas tree.

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December 27, 2014

George had a splendid hike on Red Canyon Rim Trail back in 2008.

That was the winter of the red grasses, which sure looked beautiful in the early morning light.

My morning was chilly with fresh snow and hoar frost blanketing the ground.

It sure made for a sparkly morning.

By the time I got a hike in at Sota’s place the hoar frost was gone, but the mountains looked fantastic in the distance.

I was all pumped for running in the nice weather, so that’s what I did.

Though I kept looking up at those mountains, wondering what it would be like running in 2 feet of powdery snow.

Probably not all that easy, but it would be fun.

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December 26, 2014

Snow came today.

It was kinda cold too…

so I made sure when dad and I were that I kept moving to stay warm.


Works up an appetite, it does. Good thing I had all those Christmas treats waiting for me at home. Arrhhoo-oo-ooo!

George had a crisp, beautiful day in 2007. The hike around Mathias Peak couldn’t be beat!

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December 25, 2014

Pretty darn nice morning on Christmas morning.

You can’t believe how excited I was when we opened Christmas presents. “I know this one is for me!!!!”

“Dog oh dog, can I open it now?!!!”

“Yum, yum. this is going to be great!”

It was Karen’s present to me! She helped in unwrap it (no thumbs, you know).

“What’s this? A toy squirrel!”

“And squirty peanut butter! Bark about good!”

You gotta admit, I did pretty darn well.

More than my share fair…arrhoo-oo-oo!

“What’s this from dad?”

Gift cards for McDonald’s and Subway.

Bark about a great Christmas for this Porter Basset!

George’s Christmas in 2007?

Absolutely superb!

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December 24, 2014

Beautiful morning this morning.

And guess what? Karen picked up her new car!!!!

It’s a Jeep Grand Cherokee, way cool. And it’s got oodles of things on it like heated rear seats, rear USB ports, and climate control for the back, which means I’ll be riding in style.

Too bad for dad…I got to ride in the front seat as Karen drove it home.

Ha, ha, dad hasn’t even ridden in it yet.

One thing that Karen and dad find terribly funny is my antics on the sofa down in the basement. Sure I look comfortable in this photo…

but, I’ll woof you right now, it’s not easy being Porter Basset.

Check out my video on Youtube
Porter’s Sofa Antics

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December 23, 2014

Dad remembers this hike with George as one of the best Christmas time hikes ever. George was looking darn good on his hike…

and he was all pumped up for it!

My day started out running in freshly fallen snow with a brisk wind. The snow wasn’t deep, but it did whiten the ground.

The wind kept tickling my ears.

Karen didn’t pick up her new car today. I don’t see how she has the patience to wait, but I was glad to avoid the Medved dealership. Maybe tomorrow?

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December 22, 2014

Bark about a tough world in buying a new vehicle for Karen! Look at all this stuff to read for picking out a Jeep.

You know, you can get a Jeep Cherokee as a Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, or Limited. And each one of those has all these option packages, so you never quite find the one you want in the color you want.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee choices are even more onerous as in a Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Overland, SRT, and Summit. And you’ve got to see what options are on these different models! Whew! It over heats my brain trying to figure all this stuff out. And once you get it narrowed to some vehicles you have to deal with dealers and come up with a price. Yikes! I think that I’ll stay under the covers on this snowy day.
But that didn’t happen as we went to Medved Jeep here in Castle Rock and spent 7!!!, yes count’em, 7 hours hammering out a deal. Are we done? I’ll let you know tomorrow. Goodness gracious, I’m one tired basset this evening.

George had it much easier on this day in 2006.

Yup sniffing out the presents under the tree is a great way to spend some time on a basset day.

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December 21, 2014

Winter solstice today and it was certainly a day of dark clouds, though we were lucky enough to get some sun for about ten minutes.


Love the sun.

Dad and Karen spent way too much time pouring over Jeeps in the area that might be worth purchasing. I was bored out of my mind, but I did pester them for treats while I was on the sofa.

George had a beautiful winter day in 2008.

Yup, nothing like a great winter hike.

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December 20, 2014

Hey, this photo looks a lot like one of yesterday’s photos.

But dad can’t resist seeing me against a beautiful blue sky, like the one we got in the afternoon today.

Earlier I got a chance to run at Sota’s place. Certainly was more snow there than at home.

In the late afternoon we went looking for a new car for Karen. Bark about a laborious process here in Colorado! The Grand Cherokee was, well, grand, while the Nissan Xterra turned out to be a disappoint.

And get this, December 20th and dad cooked burgers on the grill!

George was enjoying the cookies at the library Christmas party in 2006.

He did love chocolate cookies!

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December 19, 2014

George sure was a handsome guy!!!!

Barking of handsome, well, I’m pretty darn handsome too!

Any difference in colors between the Sigma 60mm lens and the Sony 50mm lens?
60mm lens:

50mm lens:

As you can see it was a pretty nice day. Of course, I’m thinking of Christmas treats soon to be here.

Handsome in the morning and then playing with Shadow in the late afternoon.

George had a great day in 2007!

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December 18, 2014

Darn nice morning for a run to get a good view of the snow covered mountains in the distance.


Pretty cool, huh?

With the fine sunshine I sure had a lot of spunk, you know, as in running on paths…

Prairie Dog hunting,

and climbing boulders!

In the evening we went to see the tastefully decorated tree in downtown Castle Rock.

Quite pretty, is it not?

And being downtown Castle rock we got some of that great pot roast and artichoke dip at the Castle Cafe. Swell day for this Porter Basset!

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December 17, 2014

Bark about hard to get up and go for a run when the morning has clouds and winter.

But, dad makes me get going. Yup, no rest for this Porter Basset. Really, the run was pretty good, so I’ll not woof more.

Here’s the difference in size between the Canon 70-200mm lens and the Sony 55-210mm lens.

You gotta admit that the NEX camera sure is tiny compared to the Canon 70D. That Sony lens keeps the weight down. I wonder if Sony will make a decent 70-200mm lens for the E-mount cameras.

We did get a little sun in the afternoon, so I scoped out the rabbits.

Bark about busy, busy all the time around this place. I need to find a better way to catch those rascally rabbits!

Nothing like a good Sheriff George book to read on a winter’s evening. Right George?

December 17, 2006.

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December 16, 2014

George always looked good in a wintery scene like this one in 2007.

Gotta love the ice diamond crystals on the ground.

My day didn’t have the cold weather that George had in 2007. We had a good jog in the morning and some sun in the afternoon.

I had received a Sony 55-210mm lens today so I thought that I should compare it the Canon 70D with the 70-200mm lens. Dad wouldn’t normally have purchased the Sony lens since it’s not a great lens, but it was on sale for $200, and I convinced dad that it might be good for video work.
So here goes:
Canon 70D photo with 70-200mm lens:

Sony NEX-7 with 55-210mm lens:

Detail of Canon 70D photo with 70-200mm lens:

Detail of Sony NEX-7 with 55-210mm lens:

No doubt about it that the Canon 70-200mm lens is sharper, but then it costs a whole heck of a lot more than this Sony cheap lens. And it did take some work to get the Canon lens to focus correctly with the new Canon 70D.
Someday I’ll have to try the Sony lens with video on the NEX-7; it might be a good combination.

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December 15, 2014

As I was watching the Prairie Dogs from Porter’s Perch on this sunny winter day…

I thought that I really should dial in the 70-200mm lens on the Canon 70D.

Then my mind became fixated on all that great lasagna waiting at home for our evening dinner!

Bark about good!!! Would you believe Karen made 8 pounds of her fantastic lasagna?!!!

Sadly, I didn’t get to eat it all, but I did get plenty and licking out the remains of the cooking pan…well now, that’s heaven!

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December 14, 2014

Snow today!!! I was all pumped up about it. Yup, I got Hedge and went outside to play.

Dog oh dog, I sure had a good time. Blasting through snow Porter, that’s me!

The Canon 70D did pretty well in the snow too. I got a lot of sharp photos despite the snow and cold and bouncing basset.

Funny that the electricity cut out for 2 hours right around 4pm. What’s with that? Karen had just made some of her fabulous lasagna and had the oven ready when, poof!…lights out.
Well, we went out to get dinner and when we got home Karen cooked up lasagna. Look at all of it!!!! What a feast!!! It’s better than Christmas!!!!

Could I have some now, please?

George had a sunny spot on his chair in the afternoon of 2008.

It was great to get the warm sun after a cold morning hiking.

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December 13, 2014

We headed to Sota’s place today (after a Burger King breakfast!). I thought it would be a good time to see how well the Canon 70D does in focusing on moving objects, like very fast basset hounds.

I have to woof you that the camera does very well indeed, and even better it’s darn easy to use for these shots when I want portrait orientation.


Not bad at all. I’m guessing that about 75% of the time the camera got the focus. And this was with the 50mm lens, which hasn’t been good at fast focusing on past Canon cameras.

No fast shots for George on this day in 2006. I was a day to hang out with the Prairie Dogs and take it easy after a morning of running and hiking.

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December 12, 2014

Today was another day of warmth and sun. I’ll bark to you now that a Porter Basset sure could get used to this type of winter weather, no cold paws, no ice on the ears, and easy running.

Yup, it was a good day to have the Canon 70D and the Sony NEX-7 go head to head using their 50mm lenses.
Blue sky shot:
NEX-7

70D

Detail on the pic:
NEX-7

70D

Golden grass shot:
NEX-7

70D

Detail on pic:
NEX-7

70D

Not very objective, I’ll grant you that. Go to the web camera tests for the objective pixel peeping, but this is what I get using the different workflow for each camera on a typical subject…that would be me!
Each photo was shot at 100ISO with f/5.6 on the 50mm lenses.

In the end it’s all about the whole composition and dad tells me that I look very handsome in this photo.

Barking of handsome and a great background, nothing can beat George and a good sunset.

December 12, 2007

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December 11, 2014

Dad bought a new camera, a Canon 70D! Yup, I went out this morning to try it out.


The colors are typical Canon and the sharpness too. It feels pretty good in the paws, but as is typical the controls just HAVE to be moderately different from other models.

Bark about a warm and sunny day to be out with a camera. Is it really winter? I got puffy hot on our walk in the afternoon.

And now it’s time for more Porter antics on the sofa in the basement. Watch for the from behind pillow punt! It’s classic Porter. Sorry that it’s such a big file to download.
Porter on the sofa, December 11, 2014

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December 10, 2014

And now may we take a moment to praise a glorious blue sky.

And warm temperatures too!

It was great sunning myself on Porter’s Perch this morning. I could look all around me and not see a sign of winter.

But, winter will be coming back, I know that. But for this morning, enjoy the Prairie Dog hunting in the great weather. There’s one now!!! Bye!!!

George on his couch in 2007 after a wonderful day of frolicking outdoors in the pines.

Pretty darn good, no?

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December 09, 2014

Another gray, ugly day…what’s with that? Well, to keep myself in good spirits I spent a lot of time on dad’s knee, hoping for treats.

The clouds did move out towards sunset, which led to a beautifully rich sky as the last bit of daylight raced to the west.

December 09, 2007, will always, always, always be a day for the history books!

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December 08, 2014

Gray, ugly day, though mild temps again. Dad and I had an easy job running, but it was nicer snuggling in my bed.

Even nicer than nicer was receiving in the mail my new mouse pads.

They look pretty darn cool, don’t they?

Bark about cool!

Yup, that would be a George book signing in 2006.

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December 07, 2014

I never know what will happen on a Sunday.

I wish dad would get input from me for Sunday plans.

Before you feel sorry for me, I’ll woof you that I had a great day. After a Burger King breakfast I scoped out the beaver action along Plum Creek.

It turned out to be a beautiful day…a Ponderosa-sky day.

I got to hike around Sota’s place under that beautiful sky. And what did Sota think of the day?


So right!

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December 06, 2014

The couch down in the basement is pretty nice, I’ll woof you.

I’m sometimes a nutty basset before I get settled down on the couch. Here’s a video of me trying to get that blanket spot just right!
Porter goes nuts on the couch!

How about this Christmas ornament of Karen’s?

Pretty nice, even if it isn’t a basset on it.

Darn cloudy day, but dad and I did have a good time walking at Sota’s place. But, it sure was warmer than George’s day six years ago.

Look at that darn snow!

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