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

Winter Wonderland

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After all the hard work getting the new-old RV in shape last week, it was awesome to go for a little road trip this weekend, one fun night in Reno, and a day of snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. It was the first time I went snowboarding after my daughter’s birth 4 years ago. When I lived in Sweden my goal was to get at least 100 days/year of snowboarding, and I usually managed to get that. It was exhilarating to be on a board again! The best thing of all is that my daughter now shares my love for snow.

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I am so proud of her! It was snowing A LOT, and the wind was blowing hard. The kid slope was closed, so she got to go up on the big slope, on her second day of snowboarding ever. She did great!

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We will be back soon for sure!

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I don’t have any snowboard equipment here in the US, so I rented some. My first thought was, this board don’t have any edges! However, I soon realized that the kind of sharp edges required for good snowboarding in my hometown Åre, wasn’t as important in this abundance of snow. I’m used to rock hard slopes, usually with generous amounts of ice. This was a completely different kind of snowboarding, that I am totally inexperienced with. I will not have any problems adjusting to these quantities of snow! LOL. I’m stoked that it looks like snowboarding is going to be a part of my life again, since it is now obvious that the love of snowboarding is in my daughter’s blood as well.

 

I hope YOU had an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria

Wild Horse Country

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Thank YOU so much for all the birthday wishes! I had an amazing birthday! I couldn’t have asked for more. I had a very special friend from Sweden visiting. We went on a road trip to wild horse country (Nevada.) It was a treat to be able to speak my native language for a couple days, and of course catch up with my friend.

We became friends around 8 years ago, through our love for horses. Naturally I really wanted to give her the gift of experiencing our wild mustangs. I had four different ideas of where we might see them. Three of them was a success, and we saw more wild horses than I could of imagined in my wildest fantasy. Several different bands, with horses of all sizes, ages, and colors. It was truly amazing!! Me and my friend was thrilled. I can’t wait to share the experience with you, as I go through all the photos.

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I hope your weekend was everything you wanted it to be 🙂

YOURS,

Maria

 

 

 

Nevada Adventures

Mustangs From Lockwood Nevada Wood Print featuring the photograph 41. Lockwood Mustangs by Maria Jansson

I never get tired of looking at wild horses. It gets my adrenaline pumping every time. Even the most serene, quiet poses of wild horses grazing gets me really excited. I’m trying to share the experience with you through my photos, because it really means something to me.

I have a birthday coming up later this week, and I’m going to spend my birthday weekend photographing wild horses. That is, if I can find them. I know of many places where they possibly could be, but after all they are wild, so you never know. Either way, I am really excited!!

The photo in today’s post is a wood print on maple tree, featuring a beautiful mustang family rounded up in Lockwood (10 miles East of Reno,) by the Nevada Department of Agriculture, in the fall of 2013. They wandered around on local highways, and had to be rescued for their own good. These photos are from when they were moved from a temporary foster home outside Reno, to a forever home, an early, cold morning, in January 2015. They are now living at a sanctuary. After this weekend I’m hoping to bring you photos of horses living happily in the wild 🙂

I hope you’re having an amazing week!

Yours,

Maria

 

Living Symbols of The West

American Heritage Canvas Print featuring the photograph American Heritage by Maria Jansson

 

Nevada is my number one choice for a road trip. Mostly because of the wild landscape, and the possibility of seeing horses being horses, wild and free. Something I never get tired of. The more time I spend just observing horses, the more interesting it gets. They do indeed have a very subtle, but well developed language of communication between themselves. It is fascinating to observe. They live in family groups, sometimes big, and sometimes small. It’s usually an older mare that tells them where to go for food and water. A stallion lingers behind the family, watching out for predators. The rest of the family, mothers and babies do their thing (lots of naps for the babies.) The “teenage” horses (1-3 year old) play with each other, to build their strength, and learn the rules of life.

 

Virginia Range Mustangs Canvas Print featuring the photograph Virginia Range Mustangs by Maria Jansson

I didn’t grow up around wild horses, no. But I’ve appreciated their beauty and their power ever since I can remember. – Ricky Schroder

 

Mustangs Canvas Print featuring the photograph Nevada Mustangs by Maria Jansson

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.  – Arabian Proverb

 
Wise Canvas Print featuring the photograph Wisdom Lingers by Maria Jansson

 

With flowing tail and flying mane,

Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,

Mouth bloodless to bit or rein,

And feet that iron never shod,

And flanks unscar’d by spur or rod,

A thousand horses – the wild – the free –

Like waves that follow o’er the sea,

Came thickly thundering on.

– Lord Byron

 

 

To me, mustangs will always be special. Their beauty, spirit, and wisdom inherited for generations, is unmatched. I love sharing their beauty with you, and my prayer is that it does to your soul, what it does for me.

Have a blessed day!

 

Yours,

Maria