is always a sweet responsibility,
never an opportunity.
~ Khalil Gibran
I love this quote and how it relates to my mares.
I know horses don’t recognize “friendship” like us humans do, but they do form bonds with each other in their herds.
And they have a structure within the herd where the higher ranked mares will feel a responsibility to the lower ranked ones.
I find herd structure a fascinating subject, truthfully.
I can watch my Girls for hours on end, studying the structure of their little herd. Especially on nice days and if there’s wine. 😉
Yes, more from this series.
I love this angle, and still have so many of the images from this shoot to edit.
So, today you’re getting a few of them. 🙂
Dang, but I love a horse tongue out image!
And, an over-the-shoulder Mare Stare…just because.
Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love. ~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
We have had some wild winds this week.
Cold, windy…makes a girl want to hibernate.
Oh, but yesterday, the winds died down for while, and we had a little bit of snowfall.
In fact, winds were quiet enough that we fired up the bbq for the first time in near onto 2 weeks.
That, for us, is a loooong time to not be grilling something. Even in winter!
While I left the Hubby to tend the food, I grabbed my camera (it’s happening more and more ❤ ) and headed off to see the Girls.
See, in a lot of the photography groups, macro shots of snowflakes is all the rage. I’ve done it before:
Snowflakes on Astrid (from 2016)
Snowflakes on Cookie(from 2016)
Last night my best shot was on Sable…who kept turning around to see why I was getting so close to her belly without scratching all the spots that need the scratching.
Snowflake on Sable
The important thing in last night’s image though, isn’t the snowflake.
It’s lovely, but look deeper…beyond that long winter coat, you can see hints of gold in there.
That, my friends, means our Palomino Princess is starting her summertime coat.
Spring is coming!
Y’see, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and, even though we humans don’t recognize the “forced to prove how much you love your mate with cash and gifts” day, it can make for fun photo shoots with the horses.
Y’all remember the one with Cookie and the heart on her forehead?
My pretty Valentine.
❤ My Love ❤
Today I had planned on heading out and attempting something similar…
But Mother Nature.
Holy, she’s been a bit of a bitch this year!
While it’s only -9*c, the wind is gusting to 74km/h.
Which means ain’t none of my Girls can manage a decent thought in their heads. Too busy with wind blowing things right out. 😉
So, instead, I offer you these shots…
The look mister gives me when I don’t make with the food fast enough.
He’s so cuddly. 🙂
Peek-a-boo!! I see you through the willows!
Darn wind blew that poor horse right over.
WordPress hosts daily themes, and weekly photo challenges that I enjoy jumping into when I can’t quite come up with something to write.
This week’s photo challenge is Beloved.
“Share a photo of something that is dearly loved…”
Cookie and her 3 birds.
Love never reasons, but profusely gives;
it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all,
and then trembles least it has done to little.
– Hannah More
Who else? ❤
One of the times I was able to capture a grackle sitting on her.
There’s one under her head too (the black spot in the grass) and one farther down on her rump…
The obvious one was the best though…it sat there and trilled its song, while gobbling up bugs flying around.
Remember how I said I finally settled on a name for my photography?
Today is the day y’all get to find out what it is…though, if you read yesterday’s post, you may have noticed the new name…
All my photography images are now being done under the name:
Named for the 2 creatures who changed my world, and changed me into the very best person I could be.
1. My Cookie, the Cookie half… And
2. Sable, the Cream half…
I can’t help but smile when I say the name.
That’s how I knew it was right.
I have an image in my head for a logo, but that’s going to be some time before I draw it up.
For now, I’m just happy to have settled on the perfect name.