Once Upon A Time

Fall is my favorite season in Nevada, and it’s here now. I love the soft, ambient light, and cold mornings. It’s so refreshing compared to the strong, harsh light shining upon you without mercy during the long hot summer.

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Once Upon A Time – Fine Art Photography Print, of an old, abandoned, red barn. Photo taken at a ranch in Lyon County (NV.)

Usually fall is connected to things dying, but here it’s almost the opposite. Sure the leaves are falling of the trees, but the animals, and the people are coming alive.

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Today we even had a little bit of rain. Have you experienced warm summer rain? The soil still steaming from the summers heat, the smell of  dry vegetation trying to soak up the new life.

My daughter and I stayed outside watching the horses joy, when they felt raindrops on their back. This is the desert. Water is life. Fall means rain. Rain makes the world come alive.

I hope You had a great day! Ours is almost over, and we’re looking forward to more rain tomorrow ..maybe even some thunder!




Grow With Me!

Within the next year I am going to do a lot of traveling in Europe. I am going to meet a lot of new people. I am going to hand out business cards for this blog to people from many countries. What that this have to do with you? I decided to offer you the opportunity to grow with me!

I decided to offer featuring sidebar ads for blogs, and small businesses. For $75/month you can have a sidebar widget with your header or logo, and a link to your blog/website. I am very picky when it comes to advertising, since my main goal is to offer quality in everything I do. I will only agree to feature blogs/products/services I personally believe in. If you do get featured, my tribe will know that your product has value. I believe this is a win/win for everyone. Also, my artistic eye can’t stand clutter, you can rest assure this website will never be cluttered with too much advertising. I take pride in authenticity, and style.

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PS. Read more about being featured on the blog here.

Intelligent Hybrids

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Yesterday two mules arrived at the ranch. One larger mule, the one in the photo above, and one smaller mule, the red one in the other photos. When my 3 year old daughter saw the big bay mule her eye became huge, and she said “That is MY Mule!!”

It is not our mules, and the other mule was more eager to become friends with her. Still, the surprised expression on her face when she first saw them was priceless.

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When Hayley decides that she wants to be friends with an animal, she is very patient. She speaks calmly, or just stand quietly for long periods of time. Eventually they always come up to her, and she knows it. She figured out that this approached works, when I had a very shy Icelandic Horse. She was 18 months old the first time I noticed her carry a tiny plastic chair out in the yard. She placed it next to the shy horse’s pasture, and sat there for almost 30 min, until he came up to the fence, to sniff her hair. These mules where definitely not that shy, but her method surely worked this time as well.

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“In the world of mules
There are no rules.”
― Ogden Nash

Mules are the extremely intelligent offspring of a female horse, and a male donkey.

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Like horses, they sometimes carry a brand, telling where they came from. This is a freeze brand on the left hip.


Becoming friends with a mule.

I’ve met several mules during my travels, but I actually never ridden one. These mules are gaited. I am very curious about what it would feel like to ride one. Is it like riding a gaited horse? Or different? I hope that I get to find out!

Enjoy your day!




PS. Later on she actually got to sit on the darker mule for a few minutes. She did not want to get off!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Change.”

Every change starts with a thought.


I often wish that I knew what’s going on in that beautiful little girl’s head. She is a thinker, and a dreamer, just like her mom. This time however, I got my answer very quickly.


All that available space needed circles! Obviously!

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More, and more, and more circles.. The desert all of a sudden turned into a piece of art…and that piece of art turned into a dance floor.

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Did you see the dance floor to be in the first photo? I have to admit I did not see that change coming..

Be sure to check out all the other inspiring contributions to this week’s photo challenge!

Happy Weekend!