I find true peace and bliss being in open spaces, being in nature, basically really anywhere outside, so this morning I grabbed my gear and Dave and we jumped in the car heading North and West. Rolling hills filled with farms and ranches sounded good to both of us and we drove aimlessly turning right or left on a whim with no end spot in mind. We drove up to a ranch and these two beauties were hanging out near the road. I grabbed the cameras and my tripod and walked towards them hoping they might be willing to grant me a photo. It was my lucky day as they sauntered right up and allowed me to capture some great pics, but also allowed me the honor of some pets and a brief snuggle.
I really love the contrast of this shot. I really like the deep rich black color of the horses set against the bright blue clear winter sky with the flatirons as the backdrop. I took quite a few shots before saying my goodbyes. As we were packing up and getting ready to leave, a car drove up and stopped right in front of me. The driver rolled his window down and asked why I was taking random pictures out here. I don’t know who he was or why he wanted to know, but I described my blog and the why of it and as I spoke he started to smile and nod as though he understood my reasons, he then wished me a Happy New Year and slowly drove off. I really enjoy taking the photos, but what I love most about doing this on a daily basis is the places I see, the chance encounters and random interactions that I find both fascinating and engaging. To say that my heart is fuller and my spirit more awake since beginning this project, though a tad cheesy or cliche, is completely true. I mean completely.
If I may say so, 2016 is looking mighty fine friends, mighty fine…
Taken with my Canon 6D and EF 24-105mm 1:4 L IS USM lens set to Manual (1/100s, f13, ISO 100 handheld)
“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.” Sharon Ralls Lemon