Dreams Should Be Lived #MyFirstPostRevisited

Who am I? I’m a Swedish girl with an obsession of horses, residing in Nevada (USA.) I spend as much time as I possibly can outdoors; hiking, camping, looking at wild horses, or playing with my mustang. I LOVE taking road trips. I’m a dreamer, the kind that goes after her dreams.

My grandmother gave me my first camera when I was five years old, and I’ve been taking photos ever since; different cameras, different people, different countries, but it’s highly unusual to see me without my camera.

I only have a couple addictions that I don’t want to live without; strong coffee in the morning, wide open spaces, the joy of hearing my daughters laugh, country music, the pleasure of being around a brave horse, and ending each day in peace.

I recently moved to Reno (NV,) and I am in the process of taking my photography business to the next level. Horses is my number one passion, and have been since before I could walk. Naturally there’s been a focus on horses in my photography business as well. Lately I’ve discovered a demand for other forms of outdoor portraits, and after some consideration decided to start all over with a new business plan, a new website (actually two; one gallery, and one blog,) and do it under a new name.

It’s a little scary to start all over, when you already have a working concept, but I know that I would regret it if I didn’t follow my gut instinct in this. Imagination is the only limit, and I’ve always had a vivid imagination.

One of my personal goals is to ride The Tevis Cup, (the worlds toughest endurance race.) I hope to ride my Virginia Range Mustang, that I adopted in December of last year. It’s a long term goal, and it’s going to take us at least two years to get there. It’s certainly a very exciting project, I love every minute I get to spend with him. He is a real character, and you will definitely see, and read about our journey here on the blog.

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Maria Jansson Photography specializes in Fine Art Prints of Western Landscapes, Outdoor Action Events, Ranch Portraits, Expressive Outdoor Portraits; of people, dogs, and horses. Did I mention that I would love to meet you, and your family; four, and two legged?! Don’t hesitate to contact me at MariaJanssonPhotography@gmail.com, to get a customized quote for your photo session. Imagination is the only limit! 

You can find photos from photo sessions, in the gallery, along with beautiful Fine Art Prints.

You can read more about the photos, offers, and upcoming events here on my blog.

Of course you will find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well. Let’s get to know each other!

Feel free to share my posts, and leave comments, I will get back to you!  See you around!

All the best,

Maria Jansson

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PS. I apologize in advance for grammatical errors. English is not my first language, but I am working hard to improve my sometimes horrible grammar.

Planning 2017’s Garden, Part 2

My garden plans have progressed a little since last week. I’ve picked a good place for a garden with an abundance of sunshine, and I started to clear it from unwanted vegetation.

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The fence was covered by a thick layer of ivy. To utilize the space, and the sunshine, I had to take it all down. There’s still some more leveling that needs to be done before I can put in garden beds. This year they will be of a more permanent kind, made of wood. thequeensgarden-1The garden beds for my annual vegetables are going to be on the left side, then a green house, and a tool shed to the right (grey rectangle.) The whole area is going to be fenced in. The little tree between the greenhouse and the garden beds is a young nectarine tree that someone already planted there. Of course I’m keeping the nectarine tree.

My container garden is going to be along another fence line, slightly in front of the toolshed. (Container Garden: 6 Olive Trees, 4 Fig Trees, 1 Nectarine Tree, 1 White Peach Tree, 4 Elberta Peach Trees, 1 Pomegranate Tree, 1 Sweet Cherry Tree, 1 Wild Plum Tree, a bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.)

Within two weeks I’m going to start seedlings inside, and in the beginning of April I’m hoping to have the garden beds in place, and everything in the ground. The green house, and the toolshed will be a project for later this summer. I have an idea of what I want to grow in my garden beds (heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, corn, pumpkins, watermelons, zucchini, Sweet Bell Peppers, Jalapeno hot peppers, baby spinache, strawberries, blueberries, basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary,) but I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to organize the crops. The whole garden area has sunshine all day long. (I live in USDA plant hardiness zone 9.)

Are you in the middle of planning a garden of your own? What are you growing in your garden? How do you go around planning what to grow where?  I’d love to hear about it!

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

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

Carefree – Right Here, Right Now

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I love taking morning walks with my daughter. It feels good to get exercise in the morning, and when you’re taking a walk with a 4 year old, you’re forced to be mindful. Many stops is an essential part of the adventure. Admiring the view, looking at animals, identifying the shapes of clouds (a dog, a dinosaur etc,) feeling the wind, smelling different scents, jumping in some muddy puddles..it’s all part of it. Every minute I spend in nature with my little girl is very valuable to me. There is no price tag on this, and this special time will not return. It’s true that every time is special with a child, and in life in general, but I am surely very grateful for this time. Right here, right now. 

 

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Right here, right now, is a priority for me. It’s a priority to spend as much time as possible with my daughter, in a positive nurturing environment, where she can thrive and develop her self according to her interests. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all model for parenting. Or for life. I do however believe that it is my responsibility to live fully present, enjoying right here, right now. For my daughter, and for myself. Life is in this moment.

Tell me your thoughts below!

 

Yours,

Maria

Cold And Beautiful

Winter Is Coming Canvas Print featuring the photograph Winter Is Coming by Maria Jansson

 

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

 

It’s been unusually cold for the season. Yesterday morning it was 25 degrees, and everything was covered with frost. It was very beautiful. (I bet it will be beautiful today as well, but it’s still dark out.)

Those are blackberry bushes to the left, closest in the picture above. It wasn’t that long ago since we picked the ripe blackberries under a merciless, burning sun. I love the changes of the season. It definitely makes life more magical!

 
Frozen Canvas Print featuring the photograph Frozen by Maria Jansson

Closeup on the frozen blackberry bushes.

 

Reaching Out Canvas Print featuring the photograph Reaching Out by Maria Jansson

A naked tree, with branches reaching towards the sky, standing in front of a walnut groove, admiring her beauty in the lake. 

 

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

– Tecumseh

 

We don’t have any snow in the valley where I live right now, but our big volcanos, Mount Shasta, and Mount Lassen are covered in a big white blanket. I can see them both when I drive in to town, and they take my breath away almost every day (if it’s cloudy I can’t see them.) The view of the volcanos humbles me, and put things in perspective. I’ve noticed that my eyes always are searching for them. I’ve lived most of my life in the mountains. I love mountains.

Something else that I’ve noticed lately, is that it’s more than just a preference. When I can’t see mountains, and wide open spaces, I get irritable. It became very clear to me yesterday when I had to drive into a small town, (that most people love,) with very narrow streets, how I felt almost claustrophobic. No, not almost, I felt claustrophobic. This is a very beautiful little town in northern California. It’s always on the list of the most beautiful places. I’ve only met very kind people there. It doesn’t really make sense to not like this place! It’s situated in a beautiful area, BUT when you’re in town you can’t see the mountains, even if they are very close. All you can see is houses, and cars. The streets are so narrow, that even though there isn’t very many people there, it always feel crowded. I remember thinking that the first time I went there, five years ago, but I haven’t experienced what I experienced yesterday before. A need to leave right away, as fast as possible. It is like my senses have become more sensitive. Or something..

With that I wish you a wonderful day, (it’s 5.30 am here.) Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! What familiar view do you have where you live, that you appreciate the most? Is there a particular feature in the landscape that makes you feel on top of your world? What is it?

 

All the best,
Maria Jansson