Poop Day (5 Images) [Long Post]

The hour drew near.  I couldn’t wait.  Clouds once again rolled in.  I had waited ALL day!

NOOOOOOO!!!!

Anxiously scanning the sky, I looked for any sign of blue.  There!!!  I spotted some!  I turned on my heel to head inside to gather my camera equipment together, so I could get ready to leave for the park.  I required that golden light in the evening to do what I had in mind to do.

A PHOTO SHOOT!

You see, it had been a real

POOP DAY,

from start to finish.  You know one of those days that not much went right.  Yes, one of those!  My fast smile so ready to spring got lost and OH yes I needed my camera to once more find my smile.

Keeping a keen eye in the direction of the sky I saw more blue expanses coming my way!!!  Quickly dashing for my car off I went on my photo shoot in the park.

However,

poop seemed to follow me.

The shoot began with a surprise with a shot I had not seen in a previous walk in the very same park, as I purposely strolled about looking for shots, filing those in my brain, so later I would know exactly where to go with my camera when I did return.  I set my tripod up for this bonus shot,

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and even though I still felt upset by the day’s events I began to breathe easier.

Done with the bonus shot I continued to the next spot where I planned to shoot some more images.  Carrying tripod and camera so I would not have to dismantle them, I walked over to my next choice of sites.  I set my equipment on the ground and as I was just about to capture this:

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(as it is very plain to see here, the water is very muddy from all the RAIN we have had of late), a Frisbee comes streaking right past my head landing with a splash in the creek.

What the  ??????

I turn around and in doing so, I saw a young male stomping towards me with a very evident glower on his face, that face stating quite clearly I was the victim of the blame game.  In other words, it was my fault his Frisbee is in the water because I was in the way.

REALLY?

So I said to Mr. Glare, “I wore BRIGHT orange for a reason so that everyone would SEE me as I am photographing! Is there something wrong with your eyes?”

*Gee, come to think of it now I never did receive an answer to my question.* 

That evening I was traversing about on a Frisbee course which of course is open to anyone, not just the players.  I opted to wear BRIGHT orange so that I would be clearly seen.  Yet, here I am face to face with a Mr. Glare who insisted it was my fault his Frisbee is now drowned.

Sorry.  No.  You were just a bad shot.  And the least you could have done is alert me, wait until I stepped aside, and then throw your Frisbee.  DUH!

*not said, just thought*

I took a few more images in this spot not bothering with Mr. Glare anymore as he sulked away to the next Frisbee station.  So much for Peace and quiet and getting my Balance back.  Uh uh, that boy was not going to ruin my shoot!  I clicked away but truth be told only the picture above was the best one I took in that spot.

*sigh*

Determined to keep going, I again picked up my tripod and camera to move to the next spot I had seen beforehand on the “scope it out walk”.  I saw a beautiful scene and I clicked away getting this:

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Then as I was about to leave to go to Site D I noticed something.  My tripod head covering was missing!

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

In walking from Frisbee Fiasco over to Site C I somehow lost the covering for my tripod head.  So I retraced my steps and low and behold there it be on the ground where I had just was shooting.  Oh thank goodness I found it!

Come on! Darn it anyway …. would things settle down?  Maybe if I had brought the CD with me that was still in the trunk of my car, events would be more conducive for Peace?  Well, I sure was not about to run back to my car.  I had a shoot to finish.

Moving on I clicked some more.  I was beginning to feel that elusive thing called Peace.  Ahhhhhh …… Now this was more like it!

Towards the end of this photo shoot I heard as I was peering in my viewfinder, ” Hey you, watch out, Frisbee coming in!”  Looking up, rudely brought back to this realm, I said, “Huh?” and as I did a Frisbee whizzes right past me.

AGAIN ????

Well, at least this young man warned me.  Now that was nice but darn it he brought me back to earth.  Might as well pack it up and call it a day.  Enough all ready.  I was getting a wee weary of Frisbees.  But before I did leave I shot this:

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NICE!!!  I felt I took some decent pictures and in the process found Peace.  Or so I thought …

Taking my camera off my tripod and putting it in its carrying case I dismantled my tripod putting it in its case.  In zipping it up my eyes just happened to look at the ground, and

OH NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

In every direction I looked I saw I was completely surrounded by a land mine of

DOG POOP.

I could NOT believe my eyes!! Frantically I began to check me and my equipment.  My left sneaker was sunk in dog poop I saw to my horror.  OH GROSS!!!  I spotted a clean patch of grass, made a bee line for that grass, grabbed my sneaker, tore it off my foot and wiped it on the grass, but that poop, in a groove was not coming out.

REALLY????

And in that moment the awful thought came …. “Amy, your equipment is on the ground where all the dog poop is!”  I scampered back quick as a wink over to where my equipment lay on the ground, gingerly stepping in between the piles of dog poop, and grabbing both cases made my way back VERY CAREFULLY to a clean patch of grass.  I was so afraid to even look but I had to.

*takes a deep breath*

No poop on my cases.

*OH THANK GOODNESS!!!*

Shaking hands unzipped my tripod case to check the bottom of my tripod legs as I dreaded what I was about to see.  I took my tripod out and

*heart pounding, holding breath*

I turned the tripod over so I could see the bottom of the legs, and …

NO POOP.

WHOOSH!!!! All the air left my lungs in that moment in utter relief!  How I escaped dog poop except for my one sneaker speaks for itself.

YES, I really do have Angels with me.

That’s it.  No more!  I’m done!!  I’m going home!

As I walked out of that park towards my car, dragging my left foot in said sneaker in grass and stones to remove said dog poop from out of said groove, I saw another bonus shot.  Do I dare?  There was a huge expanse of grass between me and the shot.

Which meant, of course, that another inconsiderate person might not have bagged the goodies cleaning up after his or her dog as park rules state.  Not one to turn an opportunity down, I bravely went for it, and as I did, this time, my eyes peeled to the ground making sure there was no more dog poop.

I arrived safe and sound finally at the site without meeting any more poop.  My eyes lifted from the ground to the site that made my mouth drool.  OH YES!  How cool!  I MUST get this!  As I was about to slide my tripod bag from off my shoulder my eyes shifted downward again, and

to my astonished, disbelieving eyes there in front of me, right exactly where I had planned on putting my tripod was a huge, I’m talking mountain, pile of rabbit poop!!

REALLY ???

*sighs and expletives come forth from mouth*

*Oh my, my mouth has taken a life of its own this evening ….*

I stood there.   Undecided.  Come on, exactly what are the odds of this really happening?  What to do.  Walk away?  Forget it?  WHO ME???  NO WAY!  I was going to get that shot regardless of any odds!

Hand holding my camera I used my left arm resting on my chest as a unipod.  And so here is the second bonus shot free of rabbit poop ….

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Even though the light was not as I would have liked and the conditions appalling, I still persevered.  I hope you all had a good laugh on me and enjoyed my images.  They were not easy to edit because the lighting really wasn’t all that great.  The “magic” that I had one other evening just wasn’t there.  Blame it on the poop.  I do!  Now all of you know I too really have poop days!  LOL

And oh, this story is true.  I am just about rolling off my chair laughing so hard.  Believe me, at the time this story happened it was NOT funny.  Now I am roaring!!!  OH for the stomach cramps!!!!  Hehehehehehe  The darnedest things really do happen to me!

Photography/ “Poop Day” 2015©AmyRose

[Photos taken in Como Park, NY]

90 thoughts on “Poop Day (5 Images) [Long Post]

    1. Hehehehehehe Yes, good thing, right, Marissa? Only me do these things tend to happen to on occasion. I’m laughing as I am writing this just thinking about the events on that day. LOL Have a great Sunday!!! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you!!! If people only knew what I go through sometimes all to just get the shot I want. Hehehehehe Just seeing a beautiful image doesn’t mean that the image does not have story behind it. This story was just too funny NOT to tell. So glad you enjoy!!!!! 🙂 Have a great Sunday!! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Not much stops me, Tori. My determination to beat the odds when I see the Beauty I want to capture, is always there. I don’t understand how those boys could NOT see me with a BRIGHT glow in the dark shirt on. That remains a mystery to me. LOL Have a great day!!! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. LOL You could say is was an adventure, Erika!!! I’m SO glad I have a good sense of humor to see how funny this was. It feels SO good to laugh!!!! The relief is incredible! I’ve been fighting for one of my cat’s to keep him alive. I’ve done it! I diagnosed him properly, gave him the correct herbs, and with over 2 months of feeding him to keep him alive, now am seeing that I was right in all I did, and that he is going to be OK. He is eating now on his own!!!! I can breathe again! OH FOR THE JOY!!!!! Happy Sunday, my friend! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. That is so wonderful. Your instinct told you what to do and you acted according to it. So happy everything turned out well. Happy Sunday for you, dear Amy ❤ ❤ ❤

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  1. Thanks Amy. I am enjoying some wonderful pictures and a couple of good laughs (at your expense, sorry) to start an otherwise dreary day. Can’t balm the bunny, but the guy who didn’t warn and didn’t apologize must have been raised by wolves.

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    1. Dan, in all seriousness, some of these young people today shock me with their arrogance and disrespect. And what I didn’t mention I was not even near where the Frisbee is thrown for points to be made. How both times the Frisbee managed to be anywhere near me is really hard to believe. I was wearing the brightest orange shirt I have and not be seen in that, is a HUH? to me. I’m so glad you laughed because I really am laughing now. At the time, no. I’ve learned (am learning) how to laugh at Life. It is a deary chilly day here yet I refuse to be down. I’m even going for a walk later on despite the chill and dreariness. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  2. You had some of a photo day Amy 😉 No matter what you needed to go through, all your photos went out to be amazing and beautiful. I really hope that you found your needed peace anyway and great to be able to laugh after all this ❤

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    1. Yes, Irene, I did find my peace, thank you! Bless you for complimenting me on my images. I am really happy you enjoyed them and my story!!! Have a wonderful day! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Oh you!! You of all people would say something like this! LOL Tom, admittedly that pile of rabbit poop was cute, with all those little balls piled on each other. It must have been a communal dumping ground. Hehehehehehe SO glad you laughed. Thank YOU for the confirmation that writing this story I succeeded in making you laugh. Telling a funny story and writing a funny story are two diffferent ball games totally. YES!!! I succeeded! Now it is I who has the huge grin on my face!!!! Thank YOU again! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. LOL, Keep writing, it was soo good. I think what makes it particularly fun is I can totally relate. Which is why my exploration of nature photography was short lived. I admire your perseverance and patience.
        So next time you’re out in the field and come across a similar situation, just think, would Tom like this? 😀

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      2. OK, Tom, will do! Parks I am finding out can be hazardous! LOL I’m going to have to come up with a different plan in going to someplace where there are not a whole lot of people. AND this expereince taught me to scan the ground before I step even while I ooohing and ahhing at what I see with visions dancing in my head as to how I will capture what I am seeing. GRIN! There is a lot that many people don’t know what photographers do go through (sometimes) just to get the perfect shot. Hehehehehehe ❤

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      3. At times when I am over in the barn next door to us to feed the cats and sometimes to water the horse, I do walk in horse poop. I’m used to it. 🙂 Dog poop though is another matter totally. Hehehehehe Seriously, IF you have a dog, please bag the goodies so that the person coming along after you, doesn’t step in dog poop. 😉

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      4. Agreed. Besides I use it for my gardens and many times my hands end up in it! LOL I have very worn leather gloves that I use for gardening and some fingers have holes in them at the tips. In using a shovel to scoop up horse balls, some fall off the shovel so I just bend over and shove them back on the shovel with my hands, so as NOT to miss any of the golden nuggets. Tee hee…

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  3. I’ve learned that when things are shit like that, I just need to stop and deal with it so it doesn’t keep filling my day. Sorry you had a hard day. You did get some pretty shots out of it though. Hugs, katelon

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    1. OK, so tell me, Katelon, how should I have dealt with dog poop and young men who were ignorant of the fact I was photographing? I DID deal with my stuff by using my camera as my therapy. Stuff really does happen, no matter how careful you are, and it is all in the way you react to any given situation is what counts. This story is FUNNY. I am still laughing at the plight I found myself in that day. I’m sad you missed out in a good laugh. Love, Amy ❤

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      1. Sorry you reacted so defensively to my comment Amy. I did see the humour. I was just commenting from my own experience that i am learning to do techniques to shift myself before ever leaving the house or I do, like you did, continue to draw to me continued challenging experiences. I only wish you the best but won’t comment again.

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    2. The laughter I am having now is how I am dealing with my Life, Katelon. I’ve been struggling to save one of my cat’s lives for over 2 months now, and just as of yesterday, I saw he is going to make it. The RELIEF in laughter is my release. The STRESS of what has been transpiring almost took me down. And now to see he really is eating and gaining weight, all I can do is throw my hands up and woop and laugh with glee! ❤

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  4. Smiling here at the adventure you had while you were out. Great shots in spite of the poop. Glad that you kept going in spite of the obstacles like the frisbee and the young man. Not laughing at you but with you. HUGS ❤

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    1. No, I am really HAPPY you laughed, Kathy, because that was my intention. I really am learning how to put a funny spin on Life even when you step in sh*t. LOL I thought the shots were worth my “troubles” even if the lighting was not exactly as I would have liked. I did my best with editing to bring out exactly what I saw. Hope your day is going well today!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. Aw, thanks, Kath!!! Bless you for your encouragement!! I’m really thinking of writing about my experiences in Life putting of course a funny spin on them. In this world we live in, laughter is golden!!!! Have a great day today! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. You are right, Amy. All viewers see is a beautiful photograph. Sometimes what the photographer goes through to get that image is short of impossible. At the time it really wasn’t funny, but now it is. I mean really, what are the ODDS of all that happening in ONE day to me? LOL Have a great day, my friend! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. From pride and prejudice ….. she was sort of after Mr. Darcy, the hero and in competition to Elizabeth Bennet, the female lead ….. if you can, then watch the BBC production from the 90’s.

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      2. There are many who don’t like her much …. I personaly find her hilarious ….. Have fun …its available on youtube last time I checked 😉

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      3. If I don’t find it there, I will check amazon. I plan on relaxing tonight and it would be great to look forward to something that would make me laugh. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      4. I just found it and to my surprise I have watched it. It was SO good I am watching it again!! The acting in it and the story are both phenomenal. I cannot thank you for bringing this film to my attention. I am SO in the mood for a good movie!! Bless you!!! ❤

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      5. Its a Classic …. I watch it more often than its modern avatar. The 2005 hollywood version has Kiera Knightley in it…. But Caroline was kinda not that good.

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  5. Oh, Amy, the things you go through to bring these beautiful shots to us! I’m glad you got out – mostly – unscathed….and, next time, rain boots to tread all of that dog poop, k? LOL! Love you, Amy! ❤

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    1. Rain boots …. Now there is an idea!!! LOL I am thinking of writing more what I go through to bring to Petals the images I do. All in the good spirit of laughter, of course!!!! Love you, Serena! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. I think you should write about what you go through….it’s nice to read about your funny adventures 🙂 And rain boots are easy to rinse all of the muck off of, lol 🙂 Love you! ((hugs)) ❤

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    1. Oh, Raewyn, I am SO glad you laughed!!! Laughter lightens the spirit and yes I really meant to make this story funny. I am finding out it is very challenging to write humor versus telling a funny story. Bless you for telling me you laughed!!! LOL (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Afterwards I saw the humor in it, Gigi, and I worked on this story for 3 days to make it as funny as possible. And yes my mouth had a serious rendevous with 4-letter words that evening. Hehehehehe Thank you for the compliment about my shots. They really were worth all the “trouble” that seemed aimed at me. LOL Have a great day today! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you, Maverick. So far no poop, but I haven’t been out photographing either. LOL So glad you enjoyed my humor. Hope your day is going well for you today!!! Love, Amy ❤

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  6. Photo shoots can be adventures in themselves, as we know! Nice shots despite ducking for flying objects and side stepping poop mountains 😀 Cheers to a better day tomorrow ~ and much love, Tiny

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    1. GRIN!!!! Oh, Tiny, am I ever glad that evening is over with and you enjoyed the funny spin I put on this story!!! What some of us do just to get that perfect shot, as you well know, like hanging out a car window to get a shot of the ospreys! Hehehehehehe Yep, you know those adventures too!!! Hope your day is a good one today!! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. Don’t fret– I have learned to think of people living life, instead of sitting in front of a screen, when blogging lacks response. I did not realize you had not responded, but if I had I would have imagined you happily gardening.

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      2. Thank you, Julie, for your kindness. I do live Life to the fullest, yet I really do try to answer those who come to Petals. It is a challenging balance act!!! May your day be great and glorious! ❤

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  7. I really liked how even though it was not a good day for you, Amy, y I u knew how to not only lift your spirits, you lifted ours. First of all, can not believe the orange vest doesn’t help protect you from Frisbee throwers! Secondly, I was sad for the bad day you had but blessed by the beauty in lush green nature photos. Last, sorry about figurative and literal “poop.” xo ♡

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    1. Robin, learning how to laugh at what Life “throws” at us, is a way of staying detached from the stress introduced to us on some days. Being a photographer, carrying large, clumsy and heavy equipment, all the time concentrating on the landscape and really not the ground, can have some serious consequences. Now I will have to practice on keeping one eye on the ground as I gaze around me. LOL Also, some of the attitudes of some of our youth, shocks me. Just because I am in my “prime” of my Life, no longer young, I am to be ignored or rejected? Um no not by my standards, yet isn’t that the exact attitude of this country especially, in general, towards those of us over 50? Now, I have met some awesome young people who when they see me, smile and are very courteous. Others really scare me in their cold and selfish ways. But anyways ….
      Thank you for your comment for it put a smile on my face! This park that I have been going to which is just about right in my own backyard, has more treasure then I knew. And I am very grateful that I am finding this treasure in a time of my Life when I really am not able to go far from home for long periods of time.
      May you have a really great day, my friend!!! Love, Amy ❤

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  8. 😊 u have got a good sense of humor and considerable amount of patience over little sometimes big things…. I was wondering how beautifully you turned every bit of events to really memorable experiences… Studied a lot from ur perspectives…stay energetic and happy always… Really enjoyed that photos and events …thank you very much for a wonderful visual treat…I was quite unaware of the risky journeys of a photographer so far …u made me realize all the pain and laughter behind every frames ❤

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    1. Oh, Sneha, if you only knew what I go through sometimes on a photo shoot. LOL I am thinking of writing about those experiences more often, always with a laugh of course. The lesson here for all to see is IF I had not persevered, I would have missed out on some gorgeous images to show you. Regardless of how it really was not funny at the time, in hindsight it was AND every inconvenience was worth it. Bless you for your comment, my friend. It made the end of my day that much brighter!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  9. Absolutely awesome, dear Amy. It’s good I’m a mute, or all the Kiddies would’ve had their Naps disturbed during my reading of your Poop Day. Way to “go on with the Show” as an old favorite Band , Three Dog Night, would say. “The Show Must Go On.” and it did. Thanks for sharing. ❤ (๑̀ ͜ʖ๑́) ❤ ᕙ(💓▿💓)ᕗ

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    1. Ah, but are not the True Life Stories that are always the best? At the time this really was not funny but in looking back I began to roar. I mean, the ODDS of all this happening within one hour, come on, did I win the lottery or something here? Oh and what I didn’t say, I was not even standing close to where these fellas were supposed to be throwing their Frisbee at to get points. AND I had glow in the dark orange on. You tell me! Perhaps the orange Frisbees developed a life of their own and so decided to missile towards me. Hehehehhehehe Really??? LOL ❤

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    1. I am so happy you enjoyed this post, Maniparna. No it wasn’t funny at the time, but the next day it was. And so I decided to write from the funny slant to give each of the viewers a chance to laugh. Bless you for taking the time to comment. Love, Amy ❤

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  10. Oh haha Amy, what a day. You did get some great photos for all that, so well done. Rabbit poop is one thing, but dog poop is unforgivable. Dog owners are mainly responsible people here, but just occasionally we do find that there are those who’ve not picked up. So lucky that your camera equipment was not covered in it.

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    1. Chris, my Heart literally was in my throat and my stomach down around my ankles. Not one charitable thought was in my head at the time regarding the person who did not bag the goodies. How inconsiderate!! But, I was saved somehow and not anything on any of my equipment. Grateful? Oh man yes! Dog poop stinks! Thank goodness I got my sneaker clean!!! LOL ❤

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