SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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I’ve been permanently disabled, since 1990. Well, actually it was October 1985, but Social Security Disability started in 1990. That meant it was permanent and still IS,,only daily things are getting a lot harder. I was medically retired because of Post Polio Syndrome and a variety of other ailments (41 surgeries) that prevent me from working for a living anymore. I contracted Polio at the age of five after taking the Sugar Cube, that was in 1957. At the age of 13, I grew from 5’5" to 6’ tall in two and one half Months!. That was 7 inches over the summer break. I went out of the7th grade 7 Inches shorter than when I went into the 8th grade 7 Inches taller. Class mates that I had two and one half months earlier, looked at me and asked, Where did you move here from? I would have to convince them that I was in their class in the 7th grade. They couldn’t believe how tall I had become over the summer. That is why I have Arthritis from my skull to my toes and the older I’m getting, the worse it’s getting for me to do simple things,,,like opening a new twist top container of one sort or another. If it weren’t for those lid pliers that fit different jar lids and sizes, I’d be screwed to get them open. My hand strength and all of my other muscles, is litterally going by the wayside. Day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year. .

I am a self taught Photographer,,,,Medically retired Mechanic, current Sport Fisherman, current target shooter-mostly bench rest. I’ve had to give up on Skeet shooting, but I still get in a round once in a while,,just not as often anymore. I’m a medically retired Truck Driver,,medically retired Photo Lab Technician,,,it turned out that I am allergic to photo chemicals,,and their vapors that my boss didn’t bother to vent out of the dark room, where I worked for 9 hours a day for 19 months. I ended up going through 7 sinus surgeries because of that job. I even had to have an 8th sinus procedure that turned out to be classified in my records as a Brain Surgery. I apperantly had a Mucocele at my brain stem and it had to be removed before it got any larger and started causing Eye sight issues. I’ve gone through a total of 39 surgeries so far. I have two artificial knees, which culminated a total of 14 knee surgeries, 9 on the left knee and 5 on the right. I’ve had both wrists operated on for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome..There’s nothing they can do for the Arthritis Spurs or the Tendon damage that has grown because of the Post Polio Syndrome and the Nerve damage at the molecular level. It has caused severe scar tissue in most of my muscles now. Both elbows for Tennis Elbow and a Near Full Thickness Tear to Both Distal Bicept Tendons,,2cm in the left and 3cm in the right. Along with my right shoulder, at the same time, they did the repair to my right elbow. It took a total of one year of physical therapy for my right arm to fully recover from those two operations that took place at the same time.
I broke my left ankle long ago and never had it cast, so the doctor had to go in and remove the bone fragments that were getting lodged into my ankle joint. Then a Gallbladder, Emergency Colostomy and who knows how many more surgeries I’m going to have to go through,,,,but I try my best to keep going on a daily basis.. IT SEEMS LIKE MY SATURDAY OF TARGET SHOOTING AND MY FISHING ON SUNDAYS,,,ARE GETTING HARDER TO RECOVER FROM ALSO. UNTIL I CAN’T PICK UP A RIFLE OR CAST A FISHING LINE,,,I’LL KEEP DOING MY BEST EACH DAY. NOW FOR A MORE BETTER SUBJECT,,,, I LOVE WOLVES, HENCE THE E-MAIL ADDRESS, RFCEES3WOLVES@COMCAST.NET. MY SCREEN NAME IS DERIVED FROM THE THREE WOLF HYBRIDS THAT I RAISED, SMOKEY, DEOGEE OR D.O.G. AND SOCKS. THEY HAVE ALL PASSED NOW AND I AM A LITTLE SADDER BECAUSE OF THAT. I LOVED MY HYBRIDS AND I THINK THAT THE TIME I HAD WITH THEM WASN’T LONG ENOUGH, BUT I THANK GOD FOR THE TIME THAT I DID AND WILL HAVE WITH THEM AS I GO TO MEET THEM AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THE POEM,, “THE RAINBOW BRIDGE” AND YOU HAVE PETS OR LOST PETS,,I RECOMMEND THAT YOU READ THAT POEM. I DON’T KNOW THE AUTHOR’S NAME, BUT THE TITLE SHOULD WORK FOR FINDING IT. BE READY FOR THE TEARS TO POUR OUT,BECAUSE THEY WILL. NOW I HAVE TWO OTHER KIDS, SASHA, SHE IS A LAB/SHEPHERD MIX THAT WEIGHS AROUND 57 POUNDS. SHE SHOULD ONLY WEIGH ABOUT 47 POUNDS FOR HER SIZE. I WAS EXPECTING HER TO GROW UP AND GET AROUND 70 POUNDS, BUT I THINK SHE WAS THE RUNT OF THE LITTER. SHE JUST NEVER GOT BIG. THEN THERE’S CHEWBACCA, HE IS A 75%SIBERIAN HUSKY/25%TIMBER WOLF MIX AND HE WEIGHS ABOUT 70 POUNDS RIGHT NOW. I FIGURE HE WILL FILL OUT AS HE GETS OLDER. SASHA IS GOING TO BE 5 ON JUNE 27TH, THAT’S JUST ONE DAY BEFORE MY ARCTIC WOLF, DEOGEE, DIED,,JUNE 28, BOTH IN 2005. I THINK SASHA IS A REINCARNATED DEOGEE, THEY HAVE THE EXACT SAME DEMIENOR AND HOW DO YOU EXPLANE THE FACT THAT A LITTLE DOG BORN 14 MILES AWAY, WOULD END UP HERE LIKE SHE DID, BORN ONE DAY BEFORE DEOGEE DIED. NOW CHEWBACCA WAS FINALLY 2 YEARS OLD ON FEBRUARY 24TH 2010. HE IS TURNING OUT TO BE A VERY LOYAL COMPANION, AS I TYPE THIS HE IS LAYING RIGHT BESIDE ME ON THE FLOOR. I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW FAST THE YEARS ARE GOING BY AS MY KIDS GET OLDER EACH YEAR,,,SO QUICKLY. I TAKE PHOTOS OF ALL TYPES OF THINGS, I TRY NOT TO STICK TO ONE FORM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, I HAVE TRIED JUST ABOUT ALL AREAS OF PHOTOGRAPHY FROM STUDIO PORTRAITS, WEDDINGS, FAMILY REUNIONS, COMERCIAL BUILDINGS, MEAL PLATES FOR RESTARAUNTS, SO THAT THE SERVERS KNEW WHAT THE ORDER WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE. I SURE GOT TO EAT SOME GOOD FOOD ON THAT SHOOT. I’VE EVEN DONE PETS, KIDS, SPECIAL AFFECTS WITH LIGHTS, USED DIFFERENT COLORED FILTERS ON STROBE FLASHES WITH GIANT CRYSTALS FROM AFRICA. IF YOU CAN THINK OF A SUBJECT, I’VE PROBABLY BEEN INVOLVED WITH IT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THAT INCLUDES DEVELOPING FILM AND MAKING PRINTS FOR A MORGUE AND SEEING SOME VERY GRUESOME THINGS. MOST OF MY PHOTOGRAPHY INVOLVEMENT WAS BACK IN THE DAYS OF FILM, NOW I’M ADDICTED TO DIGITAL, BECAUSE IT’S SO CONVIENIENT AND I CAN BE MY OWN PHOTO PROCESSING LAB, FROM TAKING THE IMAGE TO PRINTING THE FINAL PRINT AND EVEN GOING SO FAR AS TO MAKE MY OWN PICTURE FRAMES. SO, NOW I CAN TAKE THE IMAGE AND I CAN THEN, WITH THE AID OF THE COMPUTER, EITHER ENHANCE THE PHOTO, OR DO A TOTAL TURNAROUND AND MAKE SOME TYPE OF DIGITAL ARTWORK OUT OF IT. USUALLY SOMETHING TOTALLY ABSTRACT TO THE POINT OF NOT RECOGNIZING THE END PRODUCT FROM THE ORIGINAL PHOTO. I WISH I HAD ACCESS TO A COMPUTER BACK IN THE 1980’S. I HAVE A TON OF PHOTOS THAT I STILL HAVE TO SCAN INTO MY COMPUTER. I AM DISCOVERING THAT I REALLY LIKE DIGITAL ABSTRACT ART, SO I HAVE BEEN PLAYING IN THE DIGITAL DARKROOM MORE AND MORE. I REALIZE THAT NOT ALL PHOTOS WILL WORK IN THE DARKROOM, BUT IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT IMAGE AND YOU GET LUCKY ENOUGH TO USE THE RIGHT FILTERS AND CHANGES, IT IS AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN COME UP WITH. AND AGAIN, FOR ANYBODY THAT HAS A PROBLEM WITH ALL UPPER CASE LETTERING. MY HANDS, MY NECK, MY SPINE, MY ELBOWS, MY SHOULDERS, MY WRISTS, MY ANKLES, MY HIPS, ARE ALL ARTHRITIC AND I HAVE POST POLIO SYNDROME ON TOP OF THAT. LIKE I MENTIONED AT THE TOP OF MY PROFILE. IT IS HARD ENOUGH FOR ME TO TYPE AND I ALWAYS HAVE ERRORS TO GO BACK AND CORRECT AS I TYPE, SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME ON THE CAPITAL LETTERING. I’M DOING THE BEST I CAN WITH WHAT I HAVE. SO, LIKE I SAID AT THE TOP OF MY PROFILE,,,,I’M NOT SCREAMING AT ANYBODY, I PROMISE. WHILE YOU’RE HERE, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY AND CHECKING OUT MY GALLERY. PLEASE, COME BACK ANY TIME YOU WANT AND I HOPE YOU ENJOY MY PHOTOART. I HAVE POSTED SOME FRAMED IMAGES BELOW ALONG WITH THIS PROFILE. EACH IMAGE YOU SEE BELOW HAS BEEN EITHER FEATURED IN A GROUP, AND I HAVE LISTED EACH GROUP BELOW EACH PHOTO, OR HAS BEEN FAVORITED IN SOMEONE’S FAVORITE PAGES, OR IT HAS BEEN A GROUP’S AVATAR. I THANK EACH AND EVERY PERSON AND GROUP FOR ANY FAVES OR FEATURES OR AVATARS. I WAS AND AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN THE VERY FIRST “FEATURED ARTIST” IN THE GROUP, “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE”. IT WAS THE “FIRST” TIME THEY EVER FEATURED AN ARTIST FOR TWO WEEKS AT A TIME AND I WAS PRIVELEDGED TO BE THE VERY FIRST ARTIST FOR JANUARY 1-15, 2009. WHEN I EXPRESSED MY GRATITUDE TO ESTES, HE WROTE ME BACK AND SAID, AND I QUOTE, “AS HOSTS OF THE GROUP, WE FEEL IT IS OUR JOB TO FEATURE THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE GROUP,,,,SO WE DID”. MY HEAD GOT SO BIG I COULDN’T GET MY HAT ON. IF I’D HAD A HAT ON, I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET IT OFF. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THAT HONOR, ESTES. I HOPE I AM ABLE TO MAKE MORE PEOPLE HAPPY WITH MY IMAGES. HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY,,,WHERE EVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD!

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These small images are all shots that have been featured in one group or another, or have been chosen as an avatar. If you see more than one shot of the same image, that is because it was featured in more than one group. This list is an ongoing proceedure and is constantly being updated. I’m totally amaged at how many of my images have been featured so far. Wow,,,,it may take some time to find them all and add them to this grouping,,but I’ll keep going and hopefully, I’ll find them all and get them added to the list. :0)

Now, I would like to show you some of my featured works, in framed display. This will give you a better idea of how each shot will look matted and framed. I use all black mattes so the colors pop out more. I also prefer walnut frames, the combination of the black matte and the walnut just seem to compliment each other.

“COLOR WITH SHADE”

FEATURED ON SEPTEMBER 29 2011

“COMING DOWN FROM THE BIG LOOP”

FEATURED IN “ABSTRACT DIGITAL ART AND WRITING GROUP”. THANK YOU FOR THAT HONOR

“FOG OVER THE WINDMILL”
FEATURED IN “YOUR MAGIC PLACE GROUP”. THANK YOU, I AM HONORED FOR THIS FEATURED.

“THANKSGIVING TURKEY FIRE”

FEATURED IN THE “CANON DSLR GROUP”. THANK YOU FOR THAT HONOR.

“THE SOFTER SIDE OF SOCKS”

FEATURED IN “WOLVES IN ART GROUP”, “IMAGE WRITING GROUP” AND AGAIN IN “WOLVES IN ART GROUP”. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

“DRAGON FLY SOCKS”

FEATURED IN “WOLVES IN ART GROUP”, “STUDENT AND BEGINNERS GROUP” AND IN THE “ART AND COLLECTABLES SALES GROUP”. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT FINE HONOR.

“CL-17’S IN FORMATION PRACTICE”
FEATURED IN “ALL ABOUT YOUR BEST WORK GROUP”. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

“THANK GOD FOR TITANIUM”
THANK YOU TO THE PERSON OR PERSONS THAT HAVE PURCHASED FIVE OF MY T-SHIRTS. I EVEN BOUGHT ONE FOR MYSELF.

“CHEWY UP FRONT”

FEATURED IN THE “WOLVES IN ART GROUP”, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

“THE ULTIMATE INSULT”
FEATURED IN “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE GROUP”. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ESTES.

“DISSAPEARS INTO THE FOG”
FEATURED IN “ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY (YOUR DASHBOARD POINT OF VIEW) GROUP” AND THE “DRIVE BY SHOOTING GROUP”. THANK YOU TO BOTH GROUPS FOR THAT HONOR.

“A UNIVERSAL IMAGE”
FEATURED IN “IMAGE WRITING GROUP” AND IN “PARALLEL DIMENSIONS GROUP”. THANK YOU TO THE HOSTS OF BOTH OF THESE GROUPS.

“THAT HORNEY FENCE”
FEATURED IN “WEEKEND PHOTOGRAPHER GROUP”. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS HONOR.

“RED TAIL HAWK”
FEATURED IN “FIRST THINGS GROUP”. FEATURED IN THE “300+ GO LONG GROUP”, FEATURED IN “SPEED GROUP”.THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I DO APPRECIATE THE FEATURES.

“WAITING FOR THE DUCKS”
FEATURED IN “WEEKEND PHOTOGRAPHER GROUP”. I DO APPRECIATE THE HONOR.

“RED TAIL HAWK IN AN ABSTRACT IMAGE”

FEATURED IN THE “IMAGE WRITING 2/24 GROUP” AND THE “DISABILITY & BEAUTY GROUP”. I AM HONORED WITH THESE FEATURES.

“CHEWY IS SO AFFECTIONATE”

FEATURED IN “WOLVES IN ART GROUP”. I AM HONORED TO BE FEATURED IN YOUR GROUP.

“THIS RED TAIL HAWK WAS LANDING”

FEATURED IN “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE GROUP”. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ESTES.

“DEOGEE”

FEATURED IN “IMAGE WRITING GROUP”, “PHODOGRAPHY GROUP” AND THE “WOLVES IN ART GROUP”. THANK YOU TO ALL CONCERNED HOSTS. I AM TRULY HONORED AND HUMBLED.

“MY THREE GRANDKIDS”

FEATURED IN “WOLVES IN ART GROUP” AND “PUPPIES GROUP”. THANK YOU TO THE HOSTS OF THOSE GROUPS, I AM HONORED AND HUMBLED THAT YOU LIKE MY ART AND MY PUPPIES.

“THIS CRAB WAS EATING LUNCH”

FEATURED IN “ABSTRACT DIGITAL ART AND WRITING GROUP”. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS HONOR.

“DOWN POUR AHEAD OF ME”

FEATURED IN “ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY (YOUR DASH BOARD POINT OF VIEW GROUP)” THANK YOU FOR THIS FEATURE, I TRULY APPRECIATE IT.

“QUARTER MOON SURROUNDED BY HAZE”

FEATURED IN “ADAWG GROUP”
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS FEATURE IN YOUR FINE GROUP.

“WILD TURKEYS”

FEATURED IN “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE GROUP”. THANK YOU AGAIN ESTES, I DO APPRECIATE IT.

“BLUE ANGELS”

THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE IN “CREATIVE, TALENTED AND UNKNOWN GROUP”, I TRULY APPRECIATE IT.

“FULL LENGTH RAINBOW”

FEATURED IN “ALL COLORS OF THE RAINBOW GROUP”, PLACED IN “TOP TEN OF THE RAINBOW GROUP CHALLENGE”. THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE AND I AM HONORED AND HUMBLED FOR THE CHALLENGE TOP TEN FINISH.

“DOCTOR’S REMINDER NOTICE”

FEATURED IN “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GROUP”. THANK YOU ESTES FOR YET ANOTHER FEATURE.

“STOPPING PEOPLE LIKE ME”

FEATURED IN THE “ROADS PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP”. THANK YOU FOR THAT HONOR,

“GOD’S LIGHTNING SHOW”

FEATURED IN THE “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE GROUP” AND WAS AVATAR FOR THE “NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE GROUP”. THANK YOU ESTES FOR BOTH OF THESE HONORS. ALSO FEATURED IN THE “IMAGE AND WRITING GROUP”.

“TOWER, WE’RE COMING IN DEAD STICK”

FEATURED IN THE “THE BEAUTY OF NATURE GROUP”, AS WELL AS THE “TOP SHELF WILDLIFE AND NATURE GROUP”, THANK YOU FOR THOSE HONORS.

“WE’RE PROUD DAMNIT”

FEATURED IN “THE BIRD’S GROUP”, THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH.

“IT CAME DOWN IN BUCKETS AND BARRELS”

FEATURED IN “LOST IN SPACE 75% EMPTY GROUP”. THANK YOU FOR THAT HONOR.

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GREAT BIG THANK YOU'S

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