Thursday, December 18, 2008
I am trying to leave my computer and go to bed, my hands are throbbing from scrubbing my cupboards all day. My contacts are dried to my eyeballs, and my trick back is causing me grief.
Hopefully my house will be ready for the big family dinner tomorrow night, and there might even be food on the table. Mother nature is going to get a swift kick to the backside if tomorrow's storm cancels my party though.
The girls will be in high spirits as school will be forgotten till January. Brandy the dog will be out of sorts that her peaceful existence has been disturbed. Kenzie the cat will act as usual, like the crowd should part as he makes his way through the party. He will be prepared to snatch food off an unguarded plate. Cleo will disappear like magic for the first hour, possibly the whole night, but may be tempted to come out of hiding so she can stretch out before the fireplace, one of her favourite things to do.
Speaking of Cleo, I decided she was as pretty as a Christmas card in this photo, and thanks to the wonders of Photoshop, that is what it became.
Merry Christmas all!
Peace, Joy, Good Health, & Prosperity in the New Year!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
My cover this year features the beautiful foal, Wicket, from Back of Beyond Equine Centre .
Many other breeds are featured such as Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Friesian, Paint, Paso Fino and more.
Thank you for all your support in 2008 and I look forward to photographing your horses in 2009!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Two of the beautiful new foals at Fina Vista Paso Finos, both equally stunning. Viggo (he's their Golden Boy after all...just what they ordered) is a beautiful palomino colt out of the red chestnut mare, Pia (sire is a Cremello stallion which guaranteed a palomino). Paloma an equally gorgeous filly, whose colour is something I've never seen, silvery with a darker blanket along her back. Perhaps she'll be a buckskin?
My sister and I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the owners and horses of Back of Beyond Farm in Huntsville, Ontario. Their hunter pony foal, Wicket , absolutely stole my heart. As I was eyeing the trunk of my Ford Station wagon, wondering if they'd notice him gone when I left, I decided his ever watchful mommy would miss him very much, as well as his human mom, Cathy Foyston...so alas, I left empty handed... ;o)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
My Mother's Day will, as usual, be spent in the horse show ring with my camera, and I thank my own kids and husband for always being so understanding...thanks!! Dinner would be welcomed though ;o)
These photos were taken in Sunnidale Park, Barrie, Ontario.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Ok I know it doesn't exactly look like spring out there, well not in Ontario anyway, but according to the calendar it arrived on March 21st.
So what is the spring equinox? According to Wikipedia: "The event that the Sun is positioned directly over the Earth's equator..." and "There is either an equinox (autumn and spring) or a solstice (summer and winter) on approximately the 21st day of the last month of every quarter of the calendar year. On a day which has an equinox, the centre of the Sun will spend a nearly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth and night and day will be of nearly the same length."
So what did I do to celebrate spring? I found some horses to photograph of course. I was shooting this month's assignment for EPNet, which was to photograph horses and their environment or with their people or other horses, during the spring equinox. The photos had to be converted to B&W or sepia and only one photo could be entered in the competition. EPNet is a wonderful forum that is always pushing us to become better horse photographers.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friesian in harness...gotta love those manes...
Friesian under saddle:
A beautiful Gypsy Vanner in harness (note to any GV owners out there looking for photography services...call me, let's make a deal ;o) )
A nice black Percheron in harness. That breed has such lovely movement:
...and from the extravaganza:
"Bash" is a 19+ hh Belgian that holds the record for the tallest trick horse in the world. His rider/trainer sounded like an introverted Dolly Parton. Love that accent ;o)
The Canadian Cowgirls are always a big hit. Some day our own North River Riders Demo Team will give them a run for their money... right girls ;o) !?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
We decided to buy tickets to the always entertaining Extravaganza in the evening. It was a bit rough around the edges compared to other years. The sound system went out for a bit, the lighting wasn't done well, a little girl fell off her pony when it bolted during the Haflinger breed demo, and one of the trick horses wasn't very cooperative. Nonetheless a few acts made up for it. My favourite again is the beautiful Andalusian stallion Acierto and his flamboyant owner, Laura Amandis. I think they were at their best this year. A new act this year was led by an Andalusian as well. This stunning white horse named Blanco is an equine actor, and was in 2 of the Lord of the Rings movies as Gangalf's mount, Shadowfax. He will also be in the upcoming Hercules movie. I think the crowd gasped in delight when he came out with wings on and galloped around the arena with his trainer dressed as a fairy in white. Magical!