Tagged: Spokane. Colin Mulvany

It ‘s funny how many feature pictures I have come across just driving down my block on 22nd Ave. in Spokane, Wash. I just had to stop when I saw my neighbor Theresa Burgess raking out the undercoat of her dog Chester in the middle of her front lawn Sunday. I first started taking photos of the scene with a wide-angle lens, but switched to my 300mm telephoto to see what a compressed, soft background would look like. What sold me on this frame is the fur on Theresa’s legs and her body language.

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As I was getting into my car today, I spotted this dandelion seed bloom in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t normally think about shooting pretty pictures for newspaper, but this time it just felt good to shoot one for myself. I like the light  on the seeds and the dark background. This is a photo that’s been done a million times by other photographers–but I don’t mind. It’s my first time  shooting  a dandelion this close up. Now I just have to figure out how to keep these seeds out of my lawn. Nikon D3s/Nikkor 60 mm macro lens

A dandelion bloom gone to seed awaits a strong gust of wind to spread the noxious weed's seed into lawns and gardens on the South Hill Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review