The second Day

Just to keep everyone up-to-date I am adding this note to Jackson’s post. We are on a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Cool Photo Dog Jackson
Cool Photo Dog Jackson

 

 

 

 

Woof, woof, We got Arkansas, my human told me. We had a good time in Huntsville visiting with my human’s old friends the night before. We even left late but they hadn’t seen each other in a long, long time.
We crossed this huge river to get to this place called Arkansas. Matt said it was the Mississippi, he had to spell it for mee, so many s’s and i’s I couldn’t get it right. We spent the night at a place called Lake Catherine State Park near a place Called Hot Springs. He wouldn’t let me swim at all because he said I would stink, I don’t know why he thinks I stink, I always smell good to me.

Jackson asleep in the camper.
Jackson asleep in the camper.

That’s me sleeping in the camper, woof!

Then we got up early and went to a national park called Hot springs and dang it, my human wouldn’t let me get in the hot spring either. He said someting abuot not wanting us to get in trouble. Woof, me get in truoble, never, ruff!
He is insided eating breakfast while I am writing and posting this, after he finishes eating we are supposed to go to a place call Austin where his cousin lives. We have another long drive he says so I had better finish my story for now. I’ll post more tomorrow, woof!

A view from the tower at Hot Springs National Park.
A view from the tower at Hot Springs National Park.

I didn’t get to go to the tower, ruff!

 

The First Day

Just to keep everyone up-to-date I am adding this note to Jackson’s post. We are on a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Cool Photo Dog Jackson
Cool Photo Dog Jackson

Woof, Woof, my human told me we traveled 500 miles and went through three states! I just wish I knew what a state was, is it a condition of being? Or what? Woof, well I won’t worry about it. I had a bunch of fun watching where we were going and along the way I got to visit my friend Maggie. I like to play with her, she is one of my good doggie friends that lives near a place called Lake Lure. She even gave me one of her toys the last time we visited her, what a dog! Then we got back in the truck and drove, and drove, and drove until it got dark. We did stop at one place where my human said he had taken pictures before. He said it was going to be torn down soon and wanted to take one last picture. He showed me the old photograph and I loved it because it has a dog in it, woof! Here it is!

God Bless the USA
God Bless the USA

Well Matt says we have to pack up and get on the road again to go to a place called Arkansas. He said we will be camping at a place called Lake Catherine State Park. Woof, a lake, maybe I can go swimming. I can’t wait, ruff, ruff! I will write from our next stop!

God Bless USA redux
God Bless USA redux

Today is the day!

Just to keep everyone up-to-date I am adding this note to Jackson’s post. We are on a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Cool Photo Dog Jackson
Cool Photo Dog Jackson

Woof, I supervised my human packing yesterday and we are ready to go. I am going to keep this post short as we will be on the road shortly. Woof I am excited I made sure my toys, food, and camera are packed. I had to sit in the back of the truck while he was packing to be sure everything is it the right place. No more days to wait we are leaving in the morning, woof! We’ll see everyone on the road!

Back of truck packed.
Back of truck packed.

Six Days to Go!

Just to keep everyone up-to-date I am adding this note to Jackson’s post. We are preparing for a month-long road trip visiting the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure. Jackson is going to be doing all of the blog posts. We will be posting our photographs on our Facebook pages (and a few here also!)
– Matt

Woof! My human says we have less than one week to go before we leave for our desert trip. I just wish I knew how long a week is; maybe someone can explain that to me. He has been so busy that sometime he forgets to play with me, but I don’t let him forget all the time, ruff! As he keeps piling all the things he plans to bring I get more and more excited. I have never seen him get so much stuff for a trip in my whole life! He usually travels with two bags and that is it. He keeps putting things in this space he has marked off with tape. I think he said it was marked off in the shape of the back of the truck.
Yesterday my human surprised me with a sign he put on our truck, here is the photo:

Jackson with his sign.
Jackson with his sign.

What do you think? While I am at it I’ll show you some before and after photos, the weather has prevented him from washing the truck yet so it is dirty and it has been too cold to completely put the carpet in. He said something about the sticky stuff won’t work well in the cold. I wish he could put the truck in the house to get warm, but it is way too big to get in the front door. Below you can see the progress on the truck. My human tells me there was more work I couldn’t see because there was mechanical work, I’m not sure what mechanical means, I’ll have to find out but I think he means the work on the engine and the parking brake so we can have a safe trip.

Here are the before and after photographs:

The before shot.
The before shot.
The rear of the truck.
The rear of the truck.
Inside the camper after the liner was removed to be cleaned.
Inside the camper after the liner was removed to be cleaned.

Now the improvements. He hasn’t had weather warm enough to wash or get the carpet put in correctly yet.

Jackson approved bumper.
Jackson approved bumper.
The window sign.
The window sign.
Carpet almost ready.
Carpet almost ready.

 

Woof, one thing you can’t see it the top carrier has been repaired from  a vandalization a few months ago. Ruff, I’ll post a new photograph hen he gets around to washing it (as long as I don’t get a bath in that process!)

Well I have to make sure my human stays focused on packing today, he still has a lot to do. Now let me get my stuff in order… treats, food, toys, and my camera, woof!

Just to keep everyone up-to-date I am adding this note to Jackson’s post. We are preparing for a long road trip to visit the desert canyons in the American west. I enjoy traveling, but I always regret my best buddy can’t go on a lot of my adventures. This is one of two we have planned this year centered around Jackson joining in on the grand adventure.
­– Matt

Cool Photo Dog Jackson

Woof, I have been too excited to write, and as usual my human hasn’t taken time to write anything either. I will say he has been busy with the giveaways. That is over but now he is busy getting ready for our adventure. I don’t know what all the fuss is about, but I’m ready. He has spent hours on the computer and that stupid smart phone he talks to ordering things and talking with other humans. I made sure he ordered some things I wanted too.

Ruff, I need to get back to what I was writing about. Matt is getting the truck ready for what he says will be a long road trip. I love riding in the truck, woof!  Since my human is lazy and slow about writing I am taking over his blog to write about our trip as we go along. While he was ordering tings for his camera I told him I wanted some things just for me to use in the truck. I want to use it as a dash-cam; I just have to be careful not to slobber too much on it so he won’t have to clean the camera up, woof! At least it is waterproof, my human is smart sometimes!

He has been showing me pictures of where we are going and I have never seen anything like it. It looks so strange and I just can’t wait to see it. The only thing I worry about is finding some water to swim in. I haven’t seen many lakes or rivers in those pictures. I am looking forward to meeting more humans including some of my human’s pack. Of course I want to meet other dogs to play and talk with along the way.

I am going to show some before photos of the truck. Matt says this will be our home on wheels for a month but he says it will be much nicer than this when he is done. Maybe that is why he is taking so long. I am ready to go now, ruff! I keep everyone posted on our progress. I have to keep on Matt to be sure he is working on the right things so we can leave on time. He wanders off more than I do!

Jackson riding shotgun on a photo adventure.
Here I am ready for action!

Woof, one more thing my human finally made www.photodogjackson.com work now. That will take you to his blog for now (this page.) Little does he know I am taking over this one until he gives me my own blog!

Now for the before and after photographs of some of the truck repairs and improvements.

The truck with no bumper.
The truck with no bumper.

Woof! This this the before photograph.

Jackson approved bumper.
Jackson approved bumper.

And this is the new bumper on my truck. Great job Travis at Uwharrie Welding!

 

Introducing the Pee Dee NWR Gallery

I’m jumping in for the next post while Jackson is working on his next entry. It seems like he had a little case of writer’s block, but he is progressing just fine.

I have been working on a new gallery featuring landscape and nature scenes from the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge in Anson County. In the introduction page I have some information about the history of the refuge and some of my experience there. I have 22 photographs in the gallery and plan to add more soon.  Oh, Jackson just nudged my elbow and asked if I would add some of his to the gallery. We’ll see, he may just deserve a gallery of his own instead. We both hope you enjoy the history and photographs. Just click on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Gallery menu on the left!

A water impoundment near Arrowhead Lake.
A water impoundment near Arrowhead Lake.

The Bear & the Convertible

The Bear and the convertible
By Photo Dog Jackson

Cool Photo Dog Jackson
Cool Photo Dog Jackson

Woof, woof, this isn’t a tell-all, but my human just thinks he is smarter than me. I have a different opinion on that. There is one thing, among many, that my human doesn’t know. I know a lot about my human since he was a young adult. He has had Labrador retrievers since he was young. Can you imagine living 20 years? He is 61 now. That is a long time and hard to believe, ruff!  Each one of his prior dogs have passed on these stories about him to me and if there is another in the future I will pass them and mine on to him or her. You wouldn’t believe what I could tell about him, and I think now is the time to start, woof!

I have been a little bored, woof, but I understand my human needs some rest. Since we aren’t going on adventures right now I am going to tell you about some of the funnier stories about my human’s past. This was a long, long time ago and is passed down from Doc, Matt’s first dog he had when he wasn’t a puppy any more. Doc was a dog like me; he liked the outdoors, hiking, swimming, and more. He would go camping with Matt, some trips they would walk for miles and the set up camp way out in the woods. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Well one time they were camping with another human in the mountains, that’s where the hills are real big! They had the tent set up close to the car. This was a real funny looking car, the top came off, isn’t that neat? They had been driving on a road in the mountains I have been on called the parkway or something like that. The story is Doc said it was fun riding in the little car because sometimes it had no roof. Woof, no roof, what fun!

Doc swimming with a stick.
Doc swimming with a stick.

Well after dinner at the campground they packed everything up and put it in the trunk. Maverick who told me this story passed down from Doc that he though Matt was crazy when he called the trunk of the car a boot. I think so too. From what I understand a boot is something a human wears because they have tender paws and can’t walk around with bare paws like us! Well back to the story because I keep getting distracted and side tracked. The reason Matt put the food in the trunk was to keep some animals called bears from stealing the food. From what I can understand they look like big dogs with no tails, woof! All of them went to bed that night and when they got up the next morning it was foggy. You wouldn’t believe what he saw when he looked at the convertible that foggy morning. Doc could have told him what would happen. He could smell the food from where he was sitting and from what I understand it smelled pretty good. The top of the car looked strange and there was a bear right next to the car. They all made some noise and the bear ran off. After inspecting the car there were problems. The top was ripped and bent and the seats were torn by the bear’s claws. Well to make this story a bit shorter and before I ramble on another subject a report was made with one of the uniformed men at the campground and they packed up and went home. The funny thing was the next day when Matt contacted a placed called insurance. He called and when he told the human on the phone Doc said all he heard was laughing. Matt told his friend that when with him the human said please pardon him and told all the other humans and all they could do was laugh!

My human didn’t think it was funny then, but now he does, woof!

Matt's Triumph in the snow.
Matt’s Triumph in the snow.PS 

PS I heard Matt’s car has been restored by a father and son, I would like to get a picture of me and that car, woof!

 

Can You Eat a Desert?

“A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
– Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

Cool Photo Dog Jackson
Cool Photo Dog Jackson

Woof, woof, the picture I posted is my bored look so I am doing something on my own, woof! I’m taking charge of the blog for a while and plan to do the writing while my human is working on this web site and other things. He has been busy in front of that computer. He said one thing is called a magazine, does one of those do? He also says he is working on places to put my work, well and maybe some of his too. I hear all these words I don’t understand like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Now when he says Facebook I understand, I have a bunch of friends there I talk with, woof!

Then he had something last week he called treatments, at first I was excited because I love treats and that’s all I heard at first. Then I realized he was talking about something else. He tells me he can’t take me on walks right now but we do play Frisbee much more than usual so I like that. He tells me we will be hiking again soon after he heals up; he told me this was so he could keep walking easily and be in shape for a surprise for me. I think he had some different things like treatments a long time ago, but these aren’t as bad. He has been able to throw my Frisbee. Here is a link to my first ever movie I made, I am chasing my Frisbee. My movies have gotten better with soundtracks and everything now, but this was my first. Click on the link below.
Jackson’s first movie

Woof, now I am going to spill the beans because he thinks I don’t know his secret. I’m like that dog on the TV my human watches; I can’t keep secrets so here I go. I don’t like when he goes away for a long time. He usually does that once a year and I go to doggy camp. I like my human friend that keeps me and Frodo and Lucky at doggy camp are good friends of mine. I have a good time, but I miss my human. Matt told me he was going to take a big trip where I get to go along. At first he had really big plans, but then decided we should do two trips. The first one is coming up soon and he is nervous we won’t be able to, but I trust he will find a way, he always does. He has been having work done on our truck so we can go. Ruff, oh where are we going? I think we are going to a place called a desert, can you eat that? There are supposed to be canyons and rivers and things like that where we are going. I am excited about it, camping, swimming and all that, woof! Ruff, well, I hope my human isn’t upset I have told everyone about this but I am really looking forward to my very own vacation, is that what you call it? and photo-safari!

Who knows, I may take over this blog until my human does something with the domain name he bought for me back in August for my birthday, harrumph!

Bored Jackson Js

My Tail, woof, I mean Tale!

Cool Photo Dog Jackson
Photo Dog Jackson

Woof, woof, well Matt has been slow to write a blog entry so I told him I would write one for him today. I’ll try to contain my excitement and keep my woofs and ruffs to a minimum. I have really enjoyed taking pictures with my human and jump for joy anytime he gets my harness and camera; I am always ready to go. I eagerly await the words, “ride”, “outside”, “play” and anything like that.

Where do I start? Well I usually tell Matt to start at the beginning so I should take my own advice. A long time ago I found myself back at that place called a shelter, where all the dogs and cats live, for a second time in my life. I was so confused, that day I was two-years-old I thought I was part of a pack, and I thought I was going on a fun ride with my human. Then they left me in that shelter again. I was shocked and hurt, she left me there! I knew something was wrong because I had been there before. After two days had passed I was trying to get someone’s attention to take me away from that awful place. One human came over and played a little with me and then called out “Hey Matt come over and see this dog!” When I saw this human named Matt, I knew this was my person. I had to find a way to go home with him so I ran over, jumped up on him, and in my excitement I accidently stuck my paw in his mouth! I knew I had better make things right after that mistake so I quickly ran over and got a ball to make him forget the paw. To my joy he threw it for me, I was so excited, and then he threw it again, and again. It must have worked because the next thing I knew is I was in a car with him leaving that dog and cat place once again. I sure hope I don’t ever go back.

Maverick and Jackson.
Maverick (foreground) and Jackson (behind the pack) resting during a hike at Morrow Mountain. .

My life since has been quite an adventure after I joined Matt’s pack. There were three of us, Maverick, my new human, and me. At first Maverick didn’t like me, but later we became great buddies. Earlier this year Maverick went to a place Matt called “The Rainbow Bridge” I don’t know what that means. I just know Matt was sad when he came home without Maverick one day and I was sad too.

When my human first got me we all went on hiking and camping trips and one backpacking trip. Then things changed for a while. He didn’t go out or play much and I was worried. He was not able to do what he wanted or what I wanted to do. I can always tell when something is wrong with him and I try to comfort him at those times. Sometimes he sleeps a lot, even more than I do, so I am right next to him guarding and watching. He always tries to look and act well in front of other humans, but I can tell when he really is not feeling well. Woof, but now he is more active! Oops there I go, I let a woof out!

After a while he did more and we went more places. He tells me the backpacking is something we won’t do any more, but we have plenty of camping and hiking to do, Woof! He did let me in on a secret, but don’t let him know I told you. He feels guilty about all the long trips he has taken and left me at doggie camp. Mind you I don’t mind visiting with my friends but I miss Matt when he is gone. Ruff, I got off track, the secret: he said if he can get the truck fixed up, we are going on a big adventure out west! I don’t know what west is, but a trip sounds great! I hope he can get the truck ready!

Well thanks for taking time to read my story and I hope you found it interesting. Now I think it is time to curl up next to the fireplace and take a nap, it is cold this morning.

 

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Jackson on the Thornburg Trail in the Uwharries with his GoPro camera.
Jackson on the Thornburg Trail in the Uwharries with his GoPro camera.

Morning Light, Golden Light & Milky Light

Morning Light, Golden Light, and Milky Light

Some thoughts on three different experiences at Town Creek Indian Mound.

Town Creek Indian Mound has a definite presence in its isolated corner in Montgomery County. Every time I come to the site I have a unique experience. I used these three photographs as they represent sunrise, sunset and the Milky Way. What I like about being here  is the lack of modern “civilized” sounds. All one can hear are the sounds of nature, no cars, planes or voices, just one with the surroundings and at night no artificial light to mar one’s view of the sky. Time slows down where you can live in the moment and that’s all that matters…

Morning Light ­– April 4, 2014

Standing in the field in front of the Indian mound this morning waiting for the sunrise I was listening to distant woodpeckers drumming on hollow trees in response to each other. One bird was on the left and the other drumming off to the right. The stereo drumming echoed off copses and hollows surrounding the ancient place. In the center field of my hearing a turkey gobbled off in the distance in the gathering dawn light. Hardly any human sound interrupted the morning chorus of the songbirds, just the occasional distant car traveling to work on the highway. These words hardly touch the experience.

Sunrise at Town Creek Indian Mound

Sunrise at Town Creek Indian Mound

 

Golden Light – August 23, 2014

My last trip to Town Creek was back in April, six months ago when spring was just giving its promise of new growth, warmth and a respite from the grey winter months. It was early morning; the sunrise brought out Pileated woodpeckers who were drumming to each other, calling each other to the cycles of the awakening spring. The air had a magical feeling, a newness rising, life starting over, and growth about to begin.

This evening was once again magical; it was during the golden hours of the last sunlight, now in late summer, growth is coming to an end and life is in the early stages of going dormant, wildlife is preparing for leaner times. Mourning doves were calling to each other, the melancholy sounds floating from the edge of the field. Towhee declaring their territory broke into the melancholy coos of the doves while the breeze was matching the sound of the rushing creek on the opposite side of the mound.

The Lodge at Town Creek Indian Mound
The Lodge at Town Creek Indian Mound

 

Milky Light – October 17, 2015

Waiting for the darkness to become complete I am under the open sky within the stockade with friends. We are eagerly waiting for the Milky Way to make its appearance. I drove across the river to the Indian Mound do some astrophotography.  This is one scene I have been planning since this summer and my new interest in photographing the nighttime sky. My goal was to frame the galactic core of the Milky Way over the lodge on the mound. As we waited patiently planning out what we wanted to accomplish the sky darkened and the crescent moon dipped below the tall straight pines standing guard behind the mound. Finally the hour came and we jumped into action doing some light painting on the lodge so it would show up in the photograph. We didn’t get lost in all of the technical aspects though. We did have time to wonder and gaze at the heavens at the incredible expanse of space and stars didn’t make me feel small, it made me feel like we were interconnected with everything and everyone.

The core of the Milky Way over the lodge at Town Creek Indian Mound
The core of the Milky Way over the lodge at Town Creek Indian Mound

This area is rich in history of many Indian cultures, Town Creek being one of the more recent. You can visit the site at their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/towncreekindianmound

Or their web site:

http://www.towncreekindianmound.com

Matthew Irvin & Photo Dog Jackson – Photographers and writers