Mare And Foal

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 I smile when I catch God watching me through the eyes of a horse. -Kevin Weatherby

It sure feels like that sometimes. Especially with the smart mustangs. One day during the summer of 2013, the summer when I fell in love with the wild ones in Nevada, I had been out hiking, and taking pictures for many hours. I was tired. The temperature was dropping to a very comfortable 85+ degrees. I was rather close to my truck, it was a beautiful afternoon. I decided to take a nap.

A couple hours later I woke up. When I opened my eyes there was an old mustang mare standing over me. She had all four hooves firmly planted in the sagebrush around me. Her front hooves on each side of my shoulders. There was no horses in sight when I decided to take a nap. Now there was about ten of them grazing, and playing nearby. Not super close, but within sight. The mare didn’t move immediately. She just stood there. For a nano second I panicked. Then a warm, peaceful feeling took over. I was very careful to not make any sudden movement. After what seemed like a long time (probably less than a minute,) I dared to meet the soft eye of the horse standing over me. She took a couple deep breaths. I felt the warm air on my face. The she carefully backed away, and strolled over to the others.

The experience was overwhelming. I had my camera in a backpack, that I’d used for a pillow, while taking a nap. When the mare walked away I didn’t even compose myself enough to get my camera out.  The horses left a couple minutes later. I stayed for a little while, before walking back to my truck. I still don’t know what to think about the experience. Thank you for sharing the experience with me. I hope you are having an exceptionally good day!

Yours,

Maria

PS. The horses in the photo are from the same area, but they do not belong to the same herd.

Disclaimer: I never approach wild horses on the range. It’s wise to keep a distance. Horses, especially wild ones are potentially dangerous. They can attack, if they feel threatened. I use a telephoto zoom lens when I photograph them.

Peaceful Fall

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I love fall. I think it’s a magical season! The expectations of upcoming holidays, good times with family and friends, and the spectacular changes of nature. Last Friday I did a work related road trip to McArthur, in Northern California. We literally drove up into the clouds as we gained elevation. The landscape took us through a fairytale like fog. Even though I have driven this particular road (299) more times than I can count, the swindling mountain road still takes my breath away. There are many places to stop and enjoy the view of the canyons below. I love driving down country roads. The change of environment, the new landscape, and fresh air puts things in perspective, and make me feel grateful to be alive. The countryside always deliver a sense of peace to me. Does it do the same for you? Or do you prefer to enjoy fall closer to the fun in the city?

I hope you had a chance to enjoy the magic of this season this weekend 🙂

Yours,

Maria

Start Here!

Would you please do me a favor? Take a look at my updated “About Page” (Start Here!) and tell me your thoughts. Thank you so much! OOO, I almost forgot, I also gave the blog a little facelift. Do you like it?

Yours,

Maria

 

 

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Shine – On Fire 2

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I’m so happy that YOU liked  my first entry of this week’s photo challenge . It seems like many of you enjoyed this beautiful horse, so I decided to share another photo of him, from the same photo session. This young Arabian stallion is so gorgeous. His shiny coat, and soft appearance is an exact mirror of his pleasant personality.  BTW, spending time with a horse in a closed arena/pasture, is one of my favorite ways to capture a unique personality.

The horse in the photo is Aya Bezatal, from Aya Arabians in Twentynine Palms (CA.) His grandfather “The Bezatal”, won the famous Tevis Cup twice (1965,1967.) A half sister to Aya Beztal won the same contest 2015. These horses are not only beautiful, and kind, they have big hearts, and an endless amount of endurance in them.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I really enjoy checking out the other entries in this photo challenge. I like this week’s theme, and the positive associations people have to Shine.

I hope you’re having an amazing day!

Yours ,

Maria