Saturday, April 24, 2010

Up For a Quick Breath of Air

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(The photo was taken weeks ago, when snow was totally appropriate. This post was written on Tuesday, or was it Wednesday? But, it has been a wild ride of a week, and I’m going to post this as is.

Having spent last weekend at Silent Knight Farms, I came home with hundreds of photos. From early Saturday morning until late Sunday evening, I didn’t do much else other than take pictures of horses. I collected bulging folders with photos of thirteen of the horses at Silent Knight. I returned with one 2 gig and one old one gig card untouched, while everything else I own had been in a camera and gotten considerable use during the weekend. Because I was photographing mostly fast action, I accumulated a sizeable stack of discards, but I got some things that I like. I have more than enough images to keep me busy editing and processing for several days, if I were to work straight through. The entire job will take much longer than that.

Originally, I was scheduled to come home and set up another session with a friend here in Bear Valley Springs the week of April 19. Unfortunately, Spring ended here while we were relishing the balmy weather down south. Yesterday, we had rain and last night, snow. Snow is falling as I write this, and our predicted low for tonight is 28 degrees.

It seems like a good time to process photos. Inside. Where it’s dry. And warm.


  1. As always, a lovely photo pops into my mailbox in the morning whenever you post at your blog and makes my day!

  2. If it's snowing, then I would agree, stay inside and process the photos. Sounds like you are one busy lady but it is something you enjoy so keep it up. Looking forward to seeing some of those images.

  3. Anil - You are so kind. How wonderful to have to you visit.

    Somehow I have been either ill, traveling, or swamped for months and haven't done much visiting. But, I know I am always in for a rare treat when I visit your blog. I hope you and your family are well.

  4. Monte - I have horse photos coming out of my ears. It will take a few more days to get to the posting stage; but, once I begin putting them up, I am afraid everyone will grow tired of horse pictures before I am done.

    I am such a wimp when it comes to cold weather. Perhaps, eventually, I will adjust to living in a colder climate. In the meantime, I am gearing up for lots of still photography, next winter, balanced off plenty of traveling to escape the cold.

  5. Snow! Enough already!!! ;-) Well, that certainly is a beautiful shot, though. I know what you mean about having so many photos to process. Yesterday, I shot 1,115 photos at the tournament. Of course, a huge number of them are action shots, but trying to edit those is, well, pretty taxing .... hmmm, an appropriate word for April, I think. Anyway, good luck with the editing and I'll certainly look forward to have horses coming out of my ears by visiting your site! :-)

  6. I am with you. Snow, begone! And, our weather forecast for the end of next week calls for only a slight chance of snow. Oh, well, that's some comfort. I am, however, delighted that you like the photo and thank you for saying so.

    The task of reviewing that many photos and making the choices certainly is daunting, isn't it? After all, I never managed to complete the work on the Death Valley trip. Instead, I flew off on another challenge. Since horses are quite irresistible for me, I expect I will do better on this batch.

  7. I love your snow image, there is nothing better than fresh snow clinging to the branches of a tree!

  8. Steve - Thank you for the kind words. I am always delighted to post an image that brings joy to someone. This one is one of my favorite winter photos. When we first moved here, I was enthralled by the sight of the snow and stunned by its ability to transform pretty scenes into ones that made me catch my breath.

    On the other hand, it's a darn good thing the snow is so pretty. I am not fond of cold weather, and I take the beauty it creates and a sort of trade-off.

  9. Wow is that one beautiful frost image. That would be a top 5 of any winter for me. Super well done.

  10. Bob - Thanks a million for your very kind words. I am delighted that you like the photo. The scene touched me and I am grateful that I could share it. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. These photographs are absolutely beautiful....There’s something about getting out in nature with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing beauty around us.
    Over the past year, I have found myself in the freezing cold, (I'm from Canada) braving snowfalls, and sliding over the ice in winter, then attacked by mosquitoes and black flies in summer, all in the hopes of capturing a glimpse of nature's beauty with my camera... If you would like to view my website please go to you..


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