There is something undeniably magical about a soft fluffy snow that blankets the earth. After the first good snowstorm, everything is transformed from the way it was just hours ago. Sounds become muffled, everything looks fresh and I have to acknowledge the grace and power of Mother Nature. CNY photographer Tara Lesko Polcaro seems to be a kindred spirit when it comes to the beauty of snow. When she posts a photo of her dog Johnny on Facebook, I find myself mesmerized. There is something so sweet and even noble about him that reaches beyond the computer screen. Tara and Johnny truly enjoy the winter wonderland that Central New York can be at times.
From Tara: “Johnny Flynn is three and a half years old and an incredibly important part of my family. I decided to get a Golden because I spent my childhood with a beautiful Golden named Bridget. I originally wanted to adopt from the Golden Retriever rescue group but didn’t have a fully fenced yard. I DID NOT want a puppy because with two little kids at the time I was worried I would not have the time to train a puppy. After many months an opportunity came about to have a pup who has now become our John. When I brought him home the first day I remembered looking at how tiny he was and thinking about what a big job he had in store for him. His job is to carry my kids through high school… through their teenage years. To be a huge part of the happy and loving memories of their childhoods as they grow older. He will be the standard that all future pets will have to live up to. So far he has raised the bar very high. He is doing a beautiful job and I couldn’t have imagined anything better from him! He’s patient, loving, gentle, and so joyful that no one can resist smiling at him when they meet him.. and if you are really lucky he will smile back.”
About Tara: Tara Polcaro is a CNY photographer specializing in families and kids. Tara is a co-founder of a non-profit organization called The Molly Project which focuses on photographing women and their families dealing with terminal illnesses. She is also an area volunteer photographer for a the non-profit organization Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. During the wedding season she works with CNY photographer, Genevieve Fridley.