It has been almost a year since my friend Trisha and I have been talking about doing some sibling shots. We have the interesting consequence of getting litter mates from two litters, seven years apart. First it was two Sisters, Ripley and Belle, then it was two Brothers, Dodge and Fionn. Dodge and Fionn are out of Belle and Ripley's sister, Lark, which means our boys are nephews of our girls. Confused yet? Of course that meant we wanted family portraits!
Thanks to another friend, Karen Campbell, who had a wonderful field of these bright post Bluebonnet blooms, Trisha and I finally managed to get our schedules together during Texas Indian Paintbrush wildflower season. It was a bit crazy, trying to get four strong willed Border Collie siblings to cooperate, but our litter mates got along better than we thought.
The girls are so much alike, one is a rough coated version of the other. Belle is mine, the rough coat. Ripley belongs to Trisha and is the smooth coat. The girls are 9 years old now.
Next it was the Boys, Dodge has those amazing prick ears. My Fionn favors his mother's "airplane wing" ears. These two are a young 2 (almost 3) years old.
Then we put them all together near the barn for THE family shot.
It was a fun morning, even if I did come home covered in chigger bites! Ah, Spring in Texas.....