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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!


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?



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.


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, 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


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.

It’s Meet and Greet Weekend @ Dream Big!! 11/20

I rarely Reblog posts, but this is a very inspirational blog that I’ve been following for a while. Every weekend they have a “meet and greet” for people who dream big, and work towards reaching their goals. I am joining them this weekend, and thought that maybe you wanted in? I hope to see you! Make today amazing!


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imagesIt’s Meet and Greet Weekend at Dream Big!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

See ya Monday!


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One Cool Lady


Photo of Mt.Shasta (CA,) by my friend Anne-Marie.

When I moved to California four years ago I found a blog, by another Swede in California. Naturally we started talking, and connected. She lives in Mt.Shasta, and have the beautiful mountain right outside her window.

When I lived on a ranch in Northern California she came to visit me there. So we actually met in real life too 🙂

She’s been blogging in Swedish for many years, but a couple weeks ago she started a blog in English, and I am strongly encouraging you to check it out! Anne-Marie, has a lot of interesting thoughts, and a very inspiring writing voice. About her new blog Dare to Jump, with her own words:

I am originally from Sweden but have lived in the very northernmost part of California for about 18 years. Now, I am about to take a leap of faith after leaving my job to go back to Sweden for an extended period of time to see if I could see myself living there again. 

I found it very interesting to read about her experiences. Well, of course it’s about my home country, and many of the questions she faces, are questions I am thinking a lot about. How is it to be an expat coming home? Or is it “coming home”?

I’ve only been in the US four years, nothing compared to her 18 years, but still I know that it would be a great change going back to Sweden. …and…I haven’t told you guys yet, but I am on my way back. I mean, I am planning on moving back to Sweden for good. My daughters dad is not an active part of her life, and I can offer her more when it comes to context, and a future, in my country. So the decision is made. There’s still some details that has to fall into place. I don’t have an exact date for the big move yet. Maybe that’s partly why I really enjoy following Anne-Marie’s experience? It’s soon about to become my own.

Sending you lots of love this rainy October day,



Learning By Doing

I recently wrote about the importance of choosing the right name for your blog, and finding your niche. I mentioned that this blog actually is my 5th blog, Learning By Doing, mainly due to name errors. I already showed you some of my Equine Photography from one of the other blogs. Now with the colder weather approaching, I feel inclined to share some of the content of another blog I used to put my heart in.

Baking is something I’ve enjoyed ever since I was a little girl, and my mom bought me my first red and white baking apron. Every fall as the temperature drops, I take up my passion for baking. I do bake all year round, but much more during fall/winter. Three years ago, when I lived in Napa (CA,) I wrote a baking blog. Despite the fact that I was blogging on, which was the coolest thing back then, I would probably of kept the baking blog if I wasn’t traveling so much. It’s tricky to write new exiting baking posts when you’re on the road. Especially since I made up most of the recipes myself, Learning By Doing.

I had this intro in the header to my baking blog:

The best bread is baked in YOUR kitchen! Baking bread is all about science. It’s easy and logical. Everyone that wants to bake their own bread can do it. I’m going to show you how easy it is, and share some of my best recipes. We are going to bake bread, pastries, cakes, cookies and everything in between.

I still believe that is true that everyone can bake their own bread, and that the bread you bake yourself is always going to be better than the one you buy in the store. Bread is an important part of the Swedish kitchen. There’s almost always bread available as a side to your meal, mostly unsweetened, healthy, full grain bread. As I was browsing through my old baking blog, I noticed a couple things; I believe my English makes more sense now, three years that there’s several recipes there that I HAVE TOO bake right away. I’m going to share those I HAVE TOO bake right away recipes with you 🙂

I’m giving you the first one today, one of my absolute favorites. Easy to bake, and SO delicious. Preferably enjoyed with sharp shedder cheese, and a cup of coffee/tea, or simply as a side to some hot soup on a cold winters day. The crust is a little crispy and the inside soft and chewy. The spelt flour gives the bread it’s character.

When I made up the recipe, I baked it with my dinner plans in mind. I was making a salmon dish; with orange/lemon aioli, and the bread was going to be a side dish, along with a green salad. The bread turned out fabulous, and I’ve made it many times since then. The name Carneros, in Carneros Spelt Loaves is from the part of Napa I was living in, while I was writing my baking blog.

Carneros Spelt Loaves

Carneros Spelt Loaves 
It takes a total of 2hours, and 15min to make it. It’s a long time, but out of that time the dough is resting 2*40mins, and the baking in the oven is 25min. The recipe is easy and not complicated at all. It’s a low maintenance bread, and you can do other stuff while the bread takes care of itself.
The recipe is for 2 loaves of bread.
2 cups organic spelt flour
2,5 cups organic all purpose flour
3/4 oz active dry yeast
2tsp salt
Mix with a fork in a big bowl.
Add 1,5 cup cold water and 2 cups boiling water (then the mixture will have the right temperature.) Mix the dough in a machine for 3min, or 5min by hand. Add 0,5 cup all purpose flour during the process, and mix until you have a smooth dough. Knead the dough by hand (take some flour on your hands,) on a table for a couple minutes.
Cover the dough and let it rise for 40min (it almost double it’s size in room temperature.)
..after 40min
Place the dough on a floured surface, cut into two pieces. Form the pieces into loaves. (Pat the dough to 12*6 rectangle and roll up tightly.)
Place your loaves on parchment paper, and cover again. Let the dough rest there for another 40min.
(For extra stylish bread, use a sharp knife and make some diagonal slashes across the bread before baking.) If you want a crispy outside brush some water on the loaves before baking. I didn’t do it, but they turned out pretty crispy anyway.
Bake the bread in the lower part of your oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30min.
Let the bread cool down covered, on the baking pan.