Laura Bathing with Dogs

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© Laura Hartley
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UploadedMay 11, 2008
TakenMay 11, 2008
ModelCanon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure1/250 sec at f/2.7
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6 mm
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My hangout is home, and my favorite hang out of the hang out is this whirlpool tub. I am an ex-ballerina and runner who still cycles, and so my feet are so often tired. Those jets on my feet are great. Our Boston Terriers follow me everywhere, even to the tub, hoping for a handful of clear water, or a lap up of the bubbles. Here, I was trying to get the timer and the pose just right, trying for a poetically romantic, slightly nude shot, leaping into the tub, without spilling too much bubblage, and had just settled down, covered my breasts just enough for modesty, when the Southies (a generic name for our Boston Terrier herd taken from Boston's south side where many fellow Irish Americans live) ran in. As I am sitting still, trying to keep my chest covered, they posed like this to see "Mommy" bathing, and I am urging them, with as little motion as possible, "Peggy! Patty! GO!" when the shutter clicked.

Alas, this is not my best romantic or sexy look, puffy eyed in the morning sun and scolding my sweet, hyperactive gargoyles, but I thought the overall effect pretty well summed up my life, here at "my favorite hangout." Summed it so well, in fact, it was worth looking less than sizzling and sexy, for the abject truth in it. Plus, I AM "hanging out" here, a little, at least my chest is! And those Southies are so darned, ultra-photogenic.

This photo is dedicated to, and inspired by, the incomparable and very beautiful and kind, Peggy Sue Harrington.

35 responses

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (11 May 2008):

    that's a superb shot...your expression is priceless as are the dogs body language

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (11 May 2008):

    This is just toooo cute!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (11 May 2008):

    Superb and gets my vote!

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (11 May 2008):

    Beautiful what you wrote, Laura, also what you wrote for Peggy. You have two beautiful, round, fresh piercing eyes, balerina! You should do a repeat, beautiful eyes closed shut, enjoying it all...

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2008):

    Absolutely divine! And a fav for me and the dogs too. A familiar scene!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (11 May 2008):

    Fantastic! I am speechless....That self timer is difficult in a situation like this. Great daring photo!

  • Isuru Wakkumbura

    Isuru Wakkumbura gave props (11 May 2008):

    Laura, you look very attractive!!! Gets my vote!

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun said (13 May 2008):

    I like the animals watching...verrrryyy funnnny !!!!!!

  • Tony Edwards

    Tony Edwards (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2008):

    Really, a very nice photo, both form and content brought together in a very intimate and superb way.

  • Christian Rodriguez

    Christian Rodriguez said (14 May 2008):

    Yes, I think the photo gods smiled on you here. Nice work.
    I like how the water is coming out of the faucet, great little touch.

  • Claudia Turner

    Claudia Turner gave props (16 May 2008):

    this is so classic and even more so with the black and white, well done

  • Kevin Leger

    Kevin Leger gave props (16 May 2008):


  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (16 May 2008):

    Great story and a fine shot!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (17 May 2008):

    nicely done!

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2008):

    beautiful in many many ways! I love the happiness and relaxation evoked here most of all!

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2008):

    OH it's so good to see a proper womanly woman enjoying a soak. Nice puppies! Pink noses?

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (19 May 2008):

    didn't know this was in the theme...great place to relax and soothe vted

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   said (19 May 2008):

    Well done...I love this!

  • Bahadir Kargili

    Bahadir Kargili said (20 May 2008):

    so relaxing and natural

  • Ashley Parsons

    Ashley Parsons gave props (21 May 2008):

    haha the dogs are cute :)

  • Louise Slatter

    Louise Slatter said (22 May 2008):

    this is beauty in a nutshell. Can't get a better capture than something like this. Looks like you have a great place to kick back and chillax!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (26 May 2008):

    Beautiful and amusing; it is so natural and honest!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 May 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 May 2008):

    ahahahahahhahahaha I love this....happens to me too. .they are so funny. you have such a fabulously rich life !!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (30 May 2008):

    I can't believe I never commented on this photo before - how did I manage that?? It's beautiful!

  • Courtney Brown

    Courtney Brown gave props (31 May 2008):

    Lovely photograph and description Laura. You've got my vote. :)

  • G.J Burk

    G.J Burk gave props (1 Jun 2008):

    this rocks fantastic love your story

  • Rose Gordon

    Rose Gordon gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    This is a wonderful shot and story! I love it!

  • Daniel Pace

    Daniel Pace said (4 Jun 2008):

    oh myyy goddd

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas said (7 Jun 2008):

    Great capture. Voted1

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Superb! Great composition & lighting. Great capture Laura!

  • Robin Smith

    Robin Smith gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    great photo....wonderful back story....and a great hangout!!

  • Ikhlef A.

    Ikhlef A. said (3 Aug 2008):

    Only few of us dare to take photos of themselves doing things. You do it simply in the best way. Thanks.

  • Jan Deroose

    Jan Deroose gave props (11 Dec 2008):

    Very natural and seducing shot, I love it

  • Pongsatorn Sukhum

    Pongsatorn Sukhum gave props (3 Mar 2009):

    Homely feel to it.

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