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Kiska is definitely the boss.  Even though Yukon is technically the pack leader (and both other dogs back down immediately when he pronounces judgment on something), for pretty much all day-to-day operations in the Rudofsky household, Kiska is the one in charge.  She purports to decide when it’s time to go out and come in; who can play with which toy; who can play with which dog (a hint: she can play with all other people and dogs, but they can’t play with each other without her). She even has me pretty well trained – I have a pretty good sense of what she wants and what different barks “mean.” But Kiska has a “fatal flaw” — she HATES getting wet. So whenever the grass is wet or the weather is damp, Kiska likes to stay up on the back porch and let the boys be instead of joining them in the yard.

And they love their freedom.

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Kiska monitors the pack’s last outing before bed.

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A huge Happy Mother’s Day for all of you moms out there!  I am so lucky to have my Mom here with me for Mother’s Day.  She is incredible – beautiful, kind, smart, generous, and so much fun! We laugh everywhere we go.  Something I didn’t do today that I should have is take a photo with my Mom.  My Mom and I are both usually behind the camera instead of in front of it. But it’s important for Moms to be in photos too! If you haven’t already, Moms, please take this moment to hug your kids and take a photo with them!

This morning, Lee and I had coffee at Crystal Bridges. Even though the weather was ominous  I was still able to get this with the Velvet 56:

Crystal Bridges FlowersPin Image I realize that, of course, this lens isn’t for everyone.  But the more I use it, the more I feel like it was made for me! I love how ethereal and magical the photos feel with the wide open glow.

Afterwards, we took my parents to a lovely Mother’s Day Brunch at Ella’s Restaurant. It’s in the Inn at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville.  The room where we had breakfast was full of impressionist style paintings.  They inspired me to pick this photo as today’s 365.

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Today I’m revisiting a subject from last week — the beautiful rose bush that just bloomed outside my house.  It is so full of roses now I’m worried that it won’t be able to stand all the rain and branches might break!

I wanted to come back to this because  I’m slowly getting more comfortable opening up this lens to a wider aperture (for that glowing look). I love how this one turned out just as much as (or maybe even more than) the first one!

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Seeing in a new way means sometimes looking again at the very same subjects, and forcing yourself to see it differently this time.  I love that this project is challenging me to do exactly that!

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Today Lee and I took my parents to Eureka Springs!  I saw the Christ of the Ozarks for the first time.  The Christ of the Ozarks is the largest statue of Christ in North America. Eureka Springs Christ of the Ozarks Northwest Arkansas PhotographerPin Image

As you know, I’m Brazilian (on my mother’s side). I have been to Rio de Janeiro once, when I was ten years old. I remember visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer as if it were yesterday.  It was so windy, I thought I was going to blow away off the statue and down into the city!  By contrast, today was much more pleasant – temperate, easy to walk around, and all-in-all a lovely visit.

We then continued down into historic downtown Eureka Springs. After lunch at Local Flavor (it was delicious, as always!), we walked and shopped. I bought several beautiful quilts from The Quilt Shop on Main Street, and am sad to hear that it will be closing in the fall. I am so excited to use these beautiful quilts in my upcoming family sessions!

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The first week of my Lensbaby 365 project went by so quickly! I’m enjoying the challenge – and hoping I can keep up!  In case you missed them, here are the first 7 days of photos. Each photo is linked to the original post if you’d like to read more (and some days have “bonus” photos).  Lots with my Velvet 56 this week. My other Lensbabies are starting to feel a bit left out – gotta be sure to show them some love them this week.

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The first rose to bloom on my rosebush outside my front door.

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Skeet Shooting with the Arkansas Young Republicans near Siloam Springs.

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The adorable Mayah Bachman wearing her flower crown and posing for my Velvet 56!

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My “cheat” day – a photo taken at Pea Ridge National Military Park on Sunday.


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The Silent Auction prize from Altrusa Game Day.




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My happy boy Yukon playing in the sunshine.


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The beautiful Tree of Life statue outside of Crystal Bridges.

I hope you are all enjoying my 365 project as much as I am!

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