Atop

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Going on a road trip always makes me feel on top of my world (along with jeans that fits just right, boots, and being on the back of a brave horse) !! My daughter shares that feeling. Right now we’re on a road trip in my favorite road trip state Nevada!

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Of course our favorite roads are not the usual highways, but rather endless dirt roads.

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This week, consider your point of view as you respond to this challenge’s theme, “Atop.” If you’re physically on top of a thing or a place — a mountain, a skyscraper — what type of scene do you want to share in your frame? Consider, too, other interpretations of “Atop” — what does it mean or look like to be on top of a soapbox? A bestseller list? The world?

Show us your best image — we look forward to seeing everyone’s takes!

What make you feel on top of your world?

Yours,

Maria

Planning 2017’s Garden

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I absolutely love this time of the year! The time to plan, and soon plant, a garden. It’s exciting times!

 

The photo above is of my daughter, super proud over her zucchini’s, that she grew all by herself. We are mostly into growing food, a lot of food. This morning I wrote a list of the container garden we have now, and the annual garden I want to plant this year. It’s all based on what we enjoy eating. We are not vegetarians, but we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, because we like it! This is the list I came up with.

 

 

Container garden:

6 Olive Trees

4 Fig trees (2 one year old + 2 three year olds.)

1 Nectarine Tree (1 year old.)

1 White Peach Tree (2-3 year old.)

4 Elberta Peach Trees (1 year old.)

1 Pomegranate tree (2-3 year old? Maybe get a couple more for better pollination?)

1 Sweet Cherry Tree (2-3 year old. Maybe get one other variety? Usually a good idea for better fruiting.)

1 Wild Plum Tree (BIG, and very beautiful.)

A bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.

 

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Annual Vegetable Garden:

Heirloom Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes (LOTS, my daughter’s favorite vegetable..)

Corn (my daughter’s second favorite.)

Pumpkins

Watermelons

Zucchini

Sweet Bell Peppers

Jalapeno Hot Peppers

Baby Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Basil

Cilantro

Should I ad something to my annual garden? What did I forget? (We live in hardiness zone 9, with long hot summers.) I always love new ideas!!

I am going to make a garden at a new location. So I have to figure out what kind of garden beds I want to have. Something I’m planning on dedicating this weekend to. I’d love ideas about that as well. Last year I made garden beds out of old tires. It worked, but I might try something different this year. I want a bigger garden! I do like the ideas of garden beds, I feel that it makes me more in control. Bring it on! I want to hear all about your successful garden tips!

Yours,

Maria

New Horizon

Happy Trails Wood Print featuring the photograph Happy Trails by Maria Jansson

This photo is taken at the start of the famous Tevis Cup, the world toughest endurance race. With the new year fast approaching, it’s difficult to not think about new years resolutions, and goals. Riding the Tevis Cup 2017, on a mustang I trained myself, was my goal. It was realistic when I set the goal, a couple years ago. Then life took me on some sidetracks. It’s no longer realistic to think that I will do this 2017, but I will one day. I’m simply to stubborn to give up on a goal. It’s the viking in me that refuses to give up.

Happy Trails (the photo in today’s post,) comes to life with the texture and added depth of a wood print. Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of thick maple wood. There are D-clips on the back of the print for mounting it to your wall using mounting hooks and nails (included). Ships within 2 – 3 business days.

 

That said, the new horizon that I see, is very appealing. I see myself getting more and more attuned to my homesteading goal, and at the same time fine tuning my photography niche. I like where I am going. I am happy, content, and excited at the same time. There is a lot of work ahead of me, and plenty of things for me to learn, and I like it. I thrive tremendously with goals to work towards. How about you? Do you set new years resolutions? Do you have a specific goal in mind for 2017? I would love to hear about it!!

 

All the best,
Maria Jansson

 

 

Relax

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Two pregnant mustang mares, and a foal. Relaxing, half asleep, in the midday sun, during a cold december day. Photo taken outside Reno (NV.) I took this photo last weekend, and thought it would be perfect for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax.

Horses are prey animals, they actually have enemies that eats them. Despite this, they can relax, in the middle of a wilderness, with mountain lions lurking around behind the sage brush. Their ability to live in the moment, is something that amazes, and inspire me. Did you know that they have a locking mechanism in their knees, allowing them to sleep standing up? They do lay down to sleep sometimes as well, but for a midday nap like this one it’s just perfect. If a danger would appear out of nowhere, it also helps them to take action quicker, they are less vulnerable compared to if they were laying down.

I’ve started to add photos of mustangs from my recent trip to Pine Nut Mountain HMA, and the Virginia Range to my online gallery. I took hundreds, and it’s going to take some time going through them all. I love it! I see so many details that my camera captured, that I actually didn’t notice in the moment.

Have a wonderful day today!

Yours,

Maria

PS. My recent photos are available as; regular prints, wood prints, canvas prints, framed prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, posters, and greeting cards. If you see something you like, click on the photo to view available printing sizes, and pricing. Safely pay with any card. World wide delivery.

 

 

Virginia City, Nevada

One of the stops on my recent roadtrip was Virginia City (NV.) Famous from the western tv series Bonanza.

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This is the Bucket Of Blood, the saloon that they frequently visit in the series. It looks almost identical nowadays. (They also have very good beer, something I didn’t get to taste this time, since I was driving.)

Virginia City is a very exotic place, in its own way. Everything looks like the way it was in the wild west, when this town was a sparkling mining town, where many people got extremely rich during the Comstock discovery. The old houses are well kept, and many are open to the public, either as gift shops, or museums.

 

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We were very lucky and saw many wild horses roaming around old mining equipment in the outskirts of town. This photo is from Gold Hill, very close to the Comstock mine. These horses are Virginia Range mustangs, not BLM mustangs. We explored different parts of the Virginia Range, and Pine Nut Mountain HMA during this trip. I’m looking forward to share many more photos with you. This is just a little teaser 😉

 

Have a wonderful day!

Yours,

Maria