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Challenge Me: Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

I had curves growing up, my knees and my elbows!  Most everything else about me is straight. EXCEPT that I have astigmatisms in both eyes, and I can’t draw straight lines.  Even my ruler slips when I try to make straight lines, so I go with curves. This week’s WP Photo Challenge: Curves highlights my favorite artistic stroke, the curve.



My former daughter-in-law can’t see either, but she can still paint, if you like abstract curves.  (my favorite)

Kaweah River

Kaweah River

Gazing at meandering streams and rivers as they curve across the rocks gives hours of pleasure.

Sacramento Race track

What would indoor racetracks be like if not for curves?

Rattlesnake Aversion Training

We threw Kalev a curve last Friday.  We took her for a nice drive into the mountains on a curvy road for rattlesnake aversion class.  She was the smartest doggie that day according to the lady in charge.  Her learning curve wasn’t too steep.  The steps in rattlesnake aversion training are simple.

  1. The leashed dog sees a little snake coiled up on the porch.  It (the dog) is supposed to back away from the snake when it hears the rattle.  If it doesn’t back away from the snake, the trainer will activate a special collar that will give the dog a pinch in the neck as though it had been bitten.
  2. The trainer takes the dog to sniff a rattlesnake skin.
  3. The trainer walks the dog near a rock that rattles.  The dog gets an obligatory pinch from the collar.
  4. The dog sees a large rattlesnake coiled in the grass.  If it doesn’t avoid the rattler on his own, puppy gets a pinch.  Then the owner calls the pet, and the perfect dog avoids the rattlesnake and runs to the owner.  Kalev backed away from all snakes, and only got one obligatory pinch in the neck.  All for a mere $75 and 10 minutes of training at max.
Rattlesnake Aversion Training

Sorry my camera battery died! This is my cell phone on zoom.

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  1. Oh now that is just brilliant!!!! Too brilliant indeed. I’d love to work training dogs in that way, just marvelous, and so glad Kalev did so well!! It took a wee bit longer than ten minutes to train the cats not to catch and kill birds and rabbits, and it took a few days to train them not to leave the yard (had no fence). They shall have to be rattler-aversion-trained coming out there indeed.

    Did I ever tell you I trained one cat to catch locusts without harming them and return them to me like a Frisbee? I’m demented I know but this was our favourite game. I would toss the locust into the air, the locust would sail across the yard, cat running 30 mph after it, carefully pick it up with loose jaws, and come gamboling back to me to throw again.

    So many things one can train cats, and dogs, and wee rabbits, to do, and not to do, so glad.

    Oh P.S. talking of training, if you like sometime, I got that rabbit-walking post up with videos of Sir walking them. I’ve worked to train them not to chomp wires (they seem to have forgotten that training lately oh dear!) and to huddle and wait for me to pet or pick them up when a dog approaches, instead of panic and lunge away. They’re very good with that.

    Here is the post if you like sometime-

    Cheers dear lassie,

    Autumn Jade

    P.S. GORGEOUS art!! I’m having too much fun cursitating about your blog right now. Sending love.

    babs again


    • Brilliant. I just spent the last half hour or so catching up with you and Sir. You must spend hours and hours preparing your posts, and they are so worth the time you spend. I just love, love, love them! 🙂 I wish I could be the little toad watching your filming antics! 🙂


      • You would possibly not enjoy being a little toad watching my filming antics, as poor lil’ wee Marsha Lee Toadie would be snagged up and made a part of the show, dolled up in little toad outfits wearing lil’ toadie shades and placed into all kinds of odd locations for a wee toadie, like on a bit of driftwood at sunrise on the beach. Yes, perfect scene for a toad shoot I think. Put a little sea-shell hat on her head too, oooo that’s nice, beautiful pink scallop shell bonnet!

        I’m so happy you are enjoying them. Sir is working on a new post to go up soon.

        You really do??? Oh that just makes me ol’ desiccated briny heart sing! I have such fun fumbling about with the camera putting these things feebly into some sort of something. It’s wonderful fun indeed. I’m not sure what I’m doing of course which makes it even more exciting. I really should plunder a tripod one day, to prevent scenes from looking like tremendous earthquakes are warbling through them. 😉

        I just love your blog-posts too lass. Your blog and you and V and Kalev and Manny are all so tremendously charming indeed, with wonderful photography and words, it is a haven to flit into and meander about in. Too wonderful!!!! I am so inspired by you, dear lassie. cheers dear friend,



        • I am honored since you are multiple times the photographer I am. 🙂 We do have fun, though getting to know each other, and the blogging world around us, don’t we? 🙂


    • hahaha Don’t let that stop you. We’ve seen three in the 12 years we’ve been here. They weren’t doing anything, and Vince shot them right away. No need getting bitten! 🙂


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  3. You’re so right, Marsha. What would life be without curves? 🙂 I’m sure I have a natural inbuilt aversion to rattlesnakes, without going for training. 😯 I love that curvy cosmos painting.


    • Even rattlesnakes love curves! Cosmos is my favorite picture of hers. I have quite a few, and no place to put them now that I’m retired. They were in my office. 🙂


      • Oh my, I used to live in Tucson, AZ when I was in college. Lots of rattlesnakes there. But we had a black racer on the premises, one of those snakes that are supposed to keep rattlers away. Never saw a rattlesnake in the five years I lived there. Guess I was lucky! I hear their bite is painful but not deadly if taken care of promptly.

        I did, however, get up close and personal with wolf spiders and a variety of scorpions. Can’t say I miss shaking out my shoes.


        • OOOOH, that would give me the creeps – to stick my foot into a scorpion –oooooo! We have seen one snake on our property that I remember. Both cats had it surrounded, and alerted my husband, who then took care of the snake. It wasn’t very far from him, when they noticed it. He has loved the cats ever since! 🙂


  4. I love that painting by your former daughter-in-law (she’s talented!) and all those steps in rattlesnake aversion training. Good thing your dog passed with flying colors. Hopefully it’s a lesson she won’t forget! 🙂


    • We don’t see many snakes, but even one can be deadly for a small dog. Thanks for the nice compliment. Maybe she’ll read my blog and see her nice compliment. I’ll let her know! 🙂


  5. These are great shots. I especially like the abstract painting.
    I do like your outlook on life as well – being motivated knowing that people are interested in what you do. That certainly motivates me – and blogging has enabled me to observe what others do and vice versa. Makes for a great learning experience.
    Best wishes from Brisbane, Australia.


  6. Great shots Martha. Thank goodness we don’t have snakes to contend with. Glad your clever doggy’s training worked x


    • Lucky for you. We don’t have earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes. One thing I learned is that the snakes just stay curled up unless you get really close. That was good information. I always had visions of running away from them as they slithered after me!


  7. I need aversion training for my dogs, Marsha, now that we’re living at the farm. I’m really hoping they stay away from snakes 😯

    I love the pictures of the curves in this post 😀


    • It was really easy. the trainer was fantastic. He was so good with the dogs, and got them accustomed to him in just seconds so that they would trust him to lead them away. He is from Southern California, so not really handy for you, though! His name is Eric Briggs


  8. I love the painting – Vince looks just like Mike with the hat! I did get the info into DropBox!





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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