Westonbirt Watch

Okay so I didn’t go to Westonbirt this week specifically to see the autumn colour but Marley and I spent an enjoyable morning wandering the Silk Wood. It never fails to surprise me how a dog’s behaviour can change; get Marley and Coco out together for a walk and they spur each other on, Marley in particular tends to wander further afield than I would like. Now be out with either one of them (on their own) and their behaviour changes such that they are much more attentive and responsive to me. Marley was a very good boy on our walk and remained near me even when I stopped for a few minutes to take photographs. Didn’t take a single one of him though!

To paraphrase Henry Winkler ‘I’ve never met an idiot with a dog’. Well that’s not strictly true but sums up my feelings about some of the people who were there. Every dog owner I met was happy to chat and clearly loving being out and about. Contrast that with the elderly couple who were clearly intent on spreading their negativity far and wide – I guess they wished they had the place to themselves!

The colour at Westonbirt is fantastic right now – I’m guessing it must be near its peak. Hopefully we won’t get any stormy weather to speed the leaf fall. Boy does it get busy! I got there just after opening and left about lunch time, at which point there was a substantial queue slowly snaking its way in, and constantly being added to. I’m hoping for a bright day over the next week so I can make a lengthy visit with my camera.

Loved meeting the red setters and their owners. Not the brightest of dogs but so lovely.


My name is Chris Tarling and I'm a photographer living in Cheltenham (the centre of the wonderful Cotswolds!) with my wife and two labradors; the irrepressible Coco & Marley. I've been a passionate photographer since my teen years, chasing the perfect image initially through precious slide film and now with my digital cameras. I absolutely love taking pictures of my two labradors, they are without doubt my muses and feature prominently throughout my web site. I have a priceless record of them growing up from puppies, so much so that they are both very used to my camera. Posed photographs have their place but for me the thrill lies in capturing their unique characters in an arresting image. My favourite pictures are invariably taken whilst the guys are playing freely - they absolutely love any water and a good 'throwie stickie' session. Largely this means that they are wet and dirty most of the time but the fun they are having always shines through. My aim in setting up Yellow Hound is to use my skills as a photographer, and my deep love of animals, to generate wonderful, special images for others. Images that will be cherished, that capture their personality and also the bond with their owners. I like to work closely with an animal's owner to understand both of their characters, what they enjoy and hence create an environment at each session that's fun and produces great images. Whilst I love dogs and animals I am keen photographer of many different subjects; you'll see some examples of my work on this site. I also work commercially so if you run a business and are looking for a special image to use then please give me a call to discuss what I can create.

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