C. S. Lewis

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."

-C.S.Lewis


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

busy season



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Godiva chocolate. Way overpriced, but so pretty.

This time of year work is so crazy I cannot bring myself to open my laptop when I get home at night. I work out (on pain of being tense and touchy all night) make and eat dinner, and do something else. Anything else. That's just the way life is right now, and that's OK. I promise Zare will return.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Morning Pictures

I love having friends who are into photography. When my friend Jessica asked if she could do a photoshoot with me at the barn I may or may not have enthusiastically agreed.

I think she did a pretty amazing job. We did an evening shoot, and a morning shoot, these are some of my favorites from the morning shoot:

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It's so peaceful first thing in the morning.

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I gave him some grass from my hand as a reward for happily standing there without eating for a while. He was pretty pleased with that.

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Beautiful backlight:
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dressage

I got to hang out at a dressage show to watch a friend compete this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous, the horses were gorgeous, and my friend did fabulous on her rides. It was a good day.

I enjoyed playing with Zorro's big fancy SLR camera and practicing getting all those super artsy shots I never take the time for.

In order not to weird out all the riders in the warm up arena, I focused on the horses--mostly hooves and legs. If I got weird looks, I didn't see them because I was looking at hooves and legs.

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This gigantic bay was spectacular to watch--here he's leg yielding at trot, but I also have shot somewhere of him cantering sideways.

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I will say that the dressage warm up arena was much, much more orderly than a hunter arena. Yes, there were horses going this way and that, but they were all very measured and under control.

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Ok, so I did get a weird look from this chestnut. Eye on the camera.

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And here is the horse I was really here to see: Maverick. Yup, the little 6 year old hooligan has a job and looks all grown up!

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That tail swish is turning into a trademark...makes me wonder if he's got Appaloosa in there somewhere. I've heard that tail swishing is an appy thing.

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Mav smiles.

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Stopped for a chat.

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Awesome sponsor logo saddle pad:

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First test:

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Happy owner! Happy Donald!

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These are actually Wellie's ribbons (I managed to miss his last test). But I love Krasi's smile.

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Taking an hour or so break till the last test of the entire show.

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Golly, doesn't Mav look grown up in this picture?

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Random people making pretty silhouettes in the barn door.

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Back for the next test:

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Mav had his groove all ready to go.

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In he goes:

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This is Mav knowing he did a good job:

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The little girl on the stick horse kinda makes this picture:

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Lovely rider, trainer, Adriane:

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A woman walking her 12 yr old Connemara gelding back after a hard days work. We walked back with her and chatted about her handsome boy. She's had him since he was 2, and dressage is the third career they've had together. This one appears to be his favorite, so that's what they do now.

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And just to prove I was there--not that you can see much of the barn in the background:

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Monday, August 18, 2014

writing

And drawing. Lots of drawing.

There is at least one more episode in this story, and then, on to the next one!

And...researching how to make Zare an ebook.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Faux Wrap Skirt

Jersey skirts are my new favorite things.

Extremely comfortable, forgiving (for my saddle stool), and yet still professional.

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Top: Banana Republic Outlet
Skirt: Marshal's ($10ish)
Shoes: Target  ($10ish)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goldfinch and company.

The goldfinch came back!

I managed to snag a few snapshots of him:

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Even Mr. Purple Finch was there:

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And of course, Tim:


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And my chickadees!


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I bought a 40lb bag of sunflower seed this time. I should be set for a while. Though perhaps not as long as I think I'll be set :P


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