For 8 the Februaries I have lived in Charleston, I have hunkered indoors or close to home as the first throngs of tourists descend upon the town for the season. It always feels a bit like playing Christmas music in October. “Man, it feels like tourist season comes earlier every year!” But this year, this cranky local ventured past my little bubble and into the fray for the 2011 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (or SEWE to the locals). And I was armed to shoot… (a little photographer humor for you).
I had always wanted to get out and see a few of the events I have heard rumor about. So I made it a point that this year I would be in the crowd as the Dockdogs ‘splooshed’ their way to Olympic-like glory and the retrievers impressed crowds of people by running on command. Being the first warm weekend of the year, it was especially well attended. Which is media speak for “crazy traffic”. I still twitch thinking about it. But I am glad I ventured out. The demonstrations were really something. I felt a pang of jealousy when I saw this image of a Boykin Spaniel intently gazing at his mater. My beagle, Calliope, just looks at me and laughs whenever I suggest that she obey my commands. Speaking of beagles… I found this little piece of eye candy playing around in the marsh grasses along the water’s edge at Brittlebank Park. She’s a Beagle/ Cavalier (a Cavle? a Beaglier?) and goes by Ruby. Cue the “aaaawwww”.
So that’s my SEWE 2011. See you next year!