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fleeting fall’s friday foto fun… and horses, too!!

September 25, 2015

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i just looked at my calendar (something i rarely do since retiring…)

and realized that october starts next week.

how did that happen?

seriously, wasn’t it just the height of summer last week?

then again, wasn’t i like 42 about three months ago…

we all know that’s not exactly so.

snort.

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this morning after i got all of the animals fed

i looked at the colors and the light

surrounding me and realized that i needed to grab my camera

and take just a few minutes to record autumn,

because we coloradans know how quickly the chroma of fall

can be brought to an abrupt halt by the first freeze.

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i am so lucky to have abundant photo fodder everywhere i look,

by my standards anyway.

sometimes it’s the smallest things that suddenly seem fantastic

and worth capturing an image of.

i’m still playing with my big zoom lens with the aperture

thrown wide open just to see how dreamy and filmy

i can get the images to look.

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experimenting with any kind of making is my jam.

for years i followed patterns, colored between the lines,

and basically became proficient at following directions.

that has largely fallen away as i have become older and wiser.

older, anyway.

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between our horses and donkeys and the neighbor’s llamas

there is always a moving target to aim at.

yes, many of these images are deleted instantly.

some days i’m lucky to save one or two.

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the still objects are easier, but zooming with manual focus

is one of the ways i am constantly reminded

that my eyes are not quite as crisp as they once were…

thank goodness for editing features.

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this was my favorite of the morning–

the light play on the flowers against the dark, almost watery background

made me happy.

and that’s worth a lot.

* * * * * * * * * * *

i know some of you come here for the horses,

so i don’t want to disappoint you with a blog post full of weed pictures.

horses continue to major players on the farm scene.

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addie continues to develop her partnership with si gaoithe.

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they work so nicely together.

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i’ve loved watching the confidence build between the two.

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we set up little obstacle courses with cones and barrels

and have them maneuver around them.

addie is learning to feel her way into horsemanship,

and that’s exactly what we hoped for.

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last week sara and i drove up to woo hoo wyoming

to attend a very special program in casper.

friends lynn and chad hanson are wild horse photographers,

and their gallery canvas wrap prints were exhibited

in the atrium at their public library.

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these were in glass cases, so i apologize for the glare.

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we got to attend the screening of the documentary

american mustang along with a question and answer session

with carol walker, who is an advocate for wild horses as well as

a published author and horse photographer.

it was a wonderful evening,

just wonderful.

the sad truth is that the band of horses that lynn and chad

have been making photographs of is to be rounded up

and survivors placed in holding pens to face an uncertain future.

the more you know the more you feel called to action.

i have placed a button in the sidebar for

save america’s wild horses

clicking on this button will take you to carol walker’s

website where you can take action if you want to.

you know you do.

on the way home the next day sara and i stopped in at

the irish rose farm to spend some time in the company of some fine horses–

and some fine humans, too!!

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this is rose’s daughter lizdoonvarna and granddaughter saoirse.

along with si gaoithe and meadbh’s baby brother skellig michael.

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i should have snuck little michael home with us

the day we first visited him when he was just a few hours old.

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he is another lap horse, if you know what i mean…

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it was a glorious late summer evening

and we just stood out in the pasture with the horses

enjoying their contentment.

meanwhile, back at the ranch,

we found our little herd to be quite content as well.

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although the days are still warm (hot, actually),

the evenings are getting quite cool and the horses are shedding out

their summer coats and growing in their layer of polar fleece.

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afternoons you’ll still find them all in the shade of the lean to.

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rose continues to stop me in my tracks with regularity

to demand yet another photo,

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although she often brings along a friend for company.

and they all go marching two by two,

hurrah, hurrah!!

be well, friends.

thanks for being here.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2015 2:05 am

    Look out, girlfriend! I just might find that farm where Michael lives, and quietly sneak off with him…my lap is very accommodating….And then, when we come see you, Rose might need to join us! Gosh, those horse have captured my heart.
    It’s hot here too, but I like it so much!
    You leave soon for the central coast and so do I. Maybe we can meet half way. It’s not that unlikely!
    What a gift you are. As the saying goes, people come into your life for a reason.
    It’s pure and it’s real and I am the lucky one. That is the truth.
    xo

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 26, 2015 4:24 am

      oooh… meeting halfway is certainly a possibility! wouldn’t that be fun?!
      we seem to have come into each other’s lives for a host of reasons and this pleases me greatly. you are a treasure!
      I am OK with the warmer weather if that means we get some color this fall. last year I came home from the coast on october 25 and not having had a freeze the yard was on fire with color! it was just a couple of days later that the temperature dipped, but at least we enjoyed lingering fall color. not much here yet, so a freeze had better hold off.
      btw, was that your dad’s guitar you took out to the horses?
      xo

  2. sageandspirit permalink
    September 27, 2015 2:54 am

    Your Colorado weeds are absolutely beautiful! That light is spectacular. It’s been hot here too but the nights are cool…what a relief that is! Could summer finally be over? đŸ˜‰

    And those horses are such fairytale animals….so loving and sweet. Speaking of horses, I will most definitely take action (have already written my letter) to stop the roundup of the wild horses. Thank you for the link to Carol Walker’s site.
    xx

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 27, 2015 4:49 pm

      according to the angle of light, summer is indeed behind us. the days get unpleasantly warm by mid-afternoon, but our house stays fairly cool with all of the trees. the horses are starting to get fuzzy, yet another sign.
      thanks for joining in on the wild horse efforts. it’s such a small number of horses that it seems unnecessary to round them up at all. I was under the impression that BLM lands were protected for public use, but it seems as if they can be “bought” for a price– one that the horses can not afford! I love seeing community come together for a good cause.
      let’s enjoy the colors of fall and the brilliance of these days until the snows fly once again! xo

  3. September 27, 2015 5:33 pm

    Is Addie your granddaughter? She’s one lucky girl to be living her horsey dream! You know I have a thing for Si Gaoithe and that little Michael is beyond adorable, too. Every time I see your horse photos I start thinking I want a few horses as pets (I can’t ride anymore due to severe kneecap arthritis)… đŸ˜‰ Thanks for also posting some photos of Lynn and Chad’s wild horse exhibition – lovely (and now sad because they will be rounded up – I wrote to the BLM, though!)

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 27, 2015 6:14 pm

      Addie is my granddaughter! she does love to come and ride. I think you need a horse or two– get some smaller ones and just take them walking in your woods! you’d both love that kind of gentle companionship! the night up in Casper was so good, and it seems like a lot of people are taking action to protect the horses. I just don’t understand the disregard for wild horse safety and well being– watching video of the helicopter chase and roundup is heartbreaking. I think our human species still has a lot of evolving to do…

  4. Lori permalink
    September 28, 2015 2:00 am

    I have to laugh about snort!!! I’m snorting about a lot of things as you know…. thanks for a great post and overview of what we discussed at lunch. Happy Week!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 29, 2015 3:45 am

      haha– the older we get the more there is to snort at!!
      i can’t believe it’s already been a week since our lunch– one thing we didn’t do is set goals for the next one!
      any thoughts??

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