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.

Mustang Roll

If you are a horse owner it’s more than likely that you’ve heard the term mustang roll. It’s a way of trimming the hoof of the horse into a gentle, smooth, rounded edge. The purpose being to take pressure of the outer hoof wall. It helps the horse to stay balanced, and alleviates strain on the horse’s tendons and ligaments. (This is to my best understanding, I’m not a professional barefoot trimmer, or farrier.)

During my last visit to “wild horse country” I had the opportunity to zoom in on a couple wild mustangs hooves, as they were crossing a country road. The problem of them crossing roads is a completely different story, but I thought it was very interesting to see how healthy their hooves looked. It’s natural for horses to move around a lot, and when they do, there hooves usually stay very healthy. The first photo is of a pregnant, middle age (8-14 year old) mustang mare. The second is a stallion.

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These horses eat the native grasses, sage brush, and other plants with low nutritional value. They graze, and move around most of their waking hours. This is natural for them. This photos were taken in Nevada’s high desert, in December. Look at their beautiful coat, healthy weight, and beautiful hooves! These photos are not available in my gallery, I just wanted to share them with you. It makes me incredibly happy to see horses in good health. If you are a horse owner, what’s your take on hoof care? Hoof care during winter? Is it more challenging to care for your horse/horses hooves during winter?

All the best,
Maria Jansson

 

Magic

Photography for me is a passion, a mixture of science and art that creates magic.

– Scott MacQuarrie

 

Mustang Macro Wood Print featuring the photograph Mustang Macro by Maria Jansson

You already know it! Horses are magical to me. There’s so many of them owning pieces of my heart. Some that I’ve owned (more likely they owned me) through the years, and some that I’ve met briefly, that left a big hoof print on my heart.

 
Breathe Wood Print featuring the photograph Breathe by Maria Jansson

The mustang in today’s post is a young bachelor stallion, that I met by chance near Pyramid Lake (NV.) I was walking on a trail near the lake, when I felt that someone was watching me. I looked around but didn’t see anyone. The feeling of being watched stayed with me, but it was not in a creepy way. It was a curious feeling carried by the wind. After I while I stopped, and sat down for a minute. Then this guy stepped out on the trail. I had a light snack, and continued on my way. He tagged along, keeping a distance of about 40 ft. This went on for a couple hours.

 
Equine Macro Photography Wood Print featuring the photograph The Eye Of The Soul by Maria Jansson

 

He never showed any signs of aggression, and kept a respectful distance. I enjoyed his quiet company. It felt like spending time with a long time friend. You know when words aren’t needed. When it feels like more than enough to share a silent moment.

I haven’t been back to this area since that day, and haven’t seen him again, but it was one of those moments that I will carry with me forever. Magic.

For this week’s challenge, find some magic, and charm us with it.

Have a wonderful week!

Yours,

Maria

 

PS. I have these photos printed on maple wood, and LOVE them. These wood prints gives any room a warm feeling. There are D-clips on the back of the print for mounting it to your wall using mounting hooks and nails (included). Click on any photo you like, to view available sizes, and pricing.

LIVING SYMBOLS OF THE WEST 2

I recently wrote a post about how much I love to observe wild horses in Nevada. One of the things I cherish the most is watching young horses play. Even though it sometimes can look pretty wild, it’s a beautiful dance.

 
Young Mustangs Playing Framed Print featuring the photograph Young Mustangs Playing 1 by Maria Jansson

 

If you are anything like me, the first thing you noticed in this photo was the two horses standing on their hind legs, right? Look again! There’s five more horses in very close proximity to the horses standing on two legs. They are all eating grass! Nothing dangerous going on here. Just some friendly playtime.

 
Young Mustangs Framed Print featuring the photograph Young Mustangs Playing 2 by Maria Jansson

 

This was several minutes later, and they are still playing!

 
Young Horses Playing Framed Print featuring the photograph Young Mustangs Playing 4 by Maria Jansson

 

A few minutes later the roles have changed, and there’s another horse in the dominant position. The dance goes on for several more minutes. There’s no aggression involved, just a friendly wrestling game between friends.

 
Friends Framed Print featuring the photograph Friends by Maria Jansson

 

…and a few minutes later everyone set their eyes on greener pasture, starting to walk up into the foothills. They are walking close together, almost constantly touching each other. Horses are very affectionate. This is a family group that belongs together.

Wild horses are wild, for sure, but the amount of time they spend fighting like we see it on National Geographic, or in dramatic photos, is extremely limited. Most of the time, not seldom around 18 hours/day, they are eating grass. The rest of the time they are either moving around, walking to food, or water, playing with friends, or sleeping.

 

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact 
with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom. – Sharon Ralls Lemon

 

I find this quote especially true while watching wild horses play 🙂 I hope you had a fantastic day!

Yours,

Maria

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.