Ailsa’s theme this week is Animals. I don’t take that many pictures of animals, unless they are shorebirds. Even those tend to be reluctant subjects, ones I am able to capture because they don’t fly away that quickly!
But, I did take photos of a friend’s puppy recently. Meet sweet Bella:
As I was looking through my archives, I thought about how the Feast of St. Francis was this past week. A few years ago, I happened to be in New York the first weekend in Oct, and I just happened to hear music as we exited our friend’s apartment, drawing us towards St. John the Divine. We knew that their Annual Blessing of the Animals was a big deal, and one that is difficult to get admittance tickets to the Cathedral. What we didn’t know was that there was a procession outside in the garden.
This was before I decided on a whim that I wanted to learn to take photographs rather than snapshots and acquired a DSLR. I found the photos I had taken with my phone. In all but one only part of the animal is seen — and sometimes it wasn’t the part that you would want to see! But here is one photo that I managed to capture:
I like the idea of recognizing animals and especially our home pets have in our lives. Pets are a blessing to many people. As we were catching a cab to get on our way, I noticed that one of the busses that had transported people and their pets to the ceremonies was Fox Charters. I think now that I have been taken photographs for a few years, I would have been sure to capture that rather than just laugh at it. I haven’t taken too many photos of animals since then, but I have taken a few of statues of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. There was always a statue of St. Francis in my mother’s garden. There still is:
And here is another, from a friend’s garden, where St. Francis appears to seek shelter under a weather-worn wood roof: