The other side of the fence

These sweethearts came right up for a photo.


The younger, in purple, was carefully watching over the tartan.  She was older and it he seemed to be her son.


Big brown eyes for both. Calm energy, listening as I told them how magnificent they were.


And of course, as always, I got a cheeky tongue!


I was honoured to have been a part of their day.  The younger was engaged in some games with his rival across the fence before we showed up.  There was a lot of stomping and racing going on but it ended in a gentle nose touch across the fence when dad came to settle them down.


My gentle neighbors

This little family warmed my heart.


Quiet and gentle above.  Words of wisdom below.


Mom and dad, or best of friends.


…this little guy was picking fights across the fence but the two above never left his side.


Dad standing by, strong and proud; not knowing how beautiful he is as he watches me take his portrait with curiosity.


Everything can be so simple when you stop to break it down. Protect the ones you love; do not let anyone convince you to be someone you’re not, and above all, love what you have and who you are in the moment. Every moment.

A new friend and a cheeky smile

We were driving along a country dirt road that was covered in a light dusting of snow (first of the year), when we came upon a view I knew I needed to capture.  Sometimes it’s the strangest things that catch my eye.

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I don’t know why I loved this – I usually avoid things like overhead wires and cliché shots of oddly shaped trees (as I have a million of them already) but this, I had to stop for. Something in the asymmetry got me and wouldn’t let go.

Not far into our drive, we came upon a small paddock, a little run-down looking yet it was quite obvious that the animals were well-tended to, and a beauty who must have been used to people stopping to admire her, came trotting up to the fence to say hi.

Dapple Gray Friend on a snowy day
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She was sweet and posed for me as I tried to get her at just the right angle to show her lovely eyes.  She was so sweet – she closed her eyes and kept her ears relaxed and showed me in every way she was okay with being my model for a few shots.

Relaxing in the sun and preparing for her photo session
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Beauty in the snow 3 of 3
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There was another horse with her; a paddock mate who stuck close by her side.  He was completely uninterested in me and my camera and did not even raise his head from the grass he had snuffled the snow away from so he could graze.

I called out to him (I always talk to my animal models) and asked if he would please just lift his gorgeous head for one photo.  Just one smile, is all I asked for.  I was delighted when he responded by raising his head, looked right at me and gave me this:

Cheesy grin for the camera
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Then went right back to his grass.  LOL!

Sometimes (most times) I like animals more than I like people.