Copper the Beagle in the Grass

Dog at Rest

Copper the Beagle decided to take a rest break while I was outside taking springtime photos in our yard, so I took his photo, too.

Copper the Beagle decided to take a rest break while I was outside taking springtime photos in our yard, so I took his photo, too.

I’m sure you remember seeing Copper the Beagle around here before, either in photographic or drawing form. While he is a bit wary of most humans, he does follow us around pretty closely, because he knows us. So usually whenever we are outside doing something, he likes to be right there where we are.

On this particular day, I was outside taking some azalea photos, one of which I posted last week. Copper followed me around, and then he eventually laid down in the grass. Perhaps I was interrupting one of his many nap times. Often when I try to get a photo of him, he gets up and walks over to smell the camera, which does not make for a good photo. But this time, he stayed where he was and let me take his photo.

The only better thing would have been for him to actually smile for the camera, but you can’t have everything. So I was happy with what I got.


Apparently, taking azalea and dog photos has become a spring routine of mine. Looking back to last year, I was taking an azalea photo as part of the 50with50 project, and Copper followed me that time as well. So I took his photo, and I included both in the same post.

This time, I was once again taking an azalea photo and also ended up with a beagle photo. Except that this time I separated them into two posts. Isn’t it interesting how life repeats itself sometimes?

They say once you do something becomes a routine once you do it a couple of times. So I guess these photos have become our springtime routine. We will have to do it again next year, just to keep the routine going.

Not all routines are good ones, however. And routines can be difficult to break, even if you know they are unhealthy. Let’s plan to have more good routines (exercise, eating healthy, time with friends, and so on), and do away with the bad routines (bad habits, bad relationships) to help make life better for everyone!

Bible Verse

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. - James 4:7-8

About the Photo

Adding even more to the routine, this beagle photo and the azalea photo were taken with the 50mm lens, just like last year’s photos. However, these were not part of the 50with50 series, mainly because that project had ended. But I knew that I wanted that prime lens look for the azalea photo, and I liked it for the photo of Copper here, too.

However, if I look at the out-of-focus blades of grass (that blurred effect known as bokeh) for very long, it starts to make my head spin. I guess my eyes try too hard to get the grass blades into focus. So I have to just train my attention on Copper instead. Hopefully, it does not mess with your eyes and brain quite like it does mine.

Also, beagles have such sad eyes sometimes. But he really is a happy dog. He just does not always look happy in photos.

Photo: A single Raw exposure processed in Luminar AI. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
Date: April 21, 2021
Location: Home, WillistonTennessee

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