Somewhat of a different post today! If you follow me on Face Book, you would have seen that I actually got to meet IN person Pat Parelli (see post before this one). As I said below, I felt as though I was meeting
a movie star. I was definitely starry eyed! Well, I am extremely excited to say that one of my photographs
was published in Pat Parelli's magazine called Savvy Times for the February 2015, Issue 46 publication! If you receive this magazine, see page 57! Below are a few snapshots. A huge thank you to Don Jessup for giving me credit at the bottom right of the photograph. Thank you also for placing some of my photographs on your website!
Pat Parelli, the founder of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, gave a free two hour demonstration yesterday at the James Brown arena in Augusta Georgia. He was in town to compete in the Augusta Futurity cutting horse competition. If you have never heard of him, check out his website at www.Parelli.com
To me, it was like meeting a movie star! I have followed his program for several years now. I highly
recommend it! His demonstration was not only fantastic, but FUN. I had a great time. So, below is a new gallery from his event yesterday. There are 52 photographs, so make sure after you click on his photo below and are taken to the photo in the gallery, remember to click on it one more time to be able to see all of the photographs. You can then enjoy a large slide show by clicking on the tab at the top right - Slide Show. I hope you
Fairy Tales and Dreams that come true…
Have you ever wondered how we can put those two words in the same sentence and have them mean
the exact same thing? Fairy Tales and Dreams are not the same thing. When I was a child, Fairy Tales were in a book and usually had a wonderful ending.
You could say that they could be a dream come true, but, I don't think so. For some reason I was thinking of one of the earliest books I remember reading as a child. One strong memory came to mind. It couldn't possibly have been a real story, or for that matter, a Fairy Tale, could it? I quickly searched the most significant memory on google. It was a gruesome memory. To my surprise, it was a real memory.
Here is a quote:
"she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers, and had no key of the castle of the glass-mountain; so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger, that was just the size of the piece of wood she had lost, and put it in the door and opened it. "
The quote is from The Grimm Brothers' The Seven Ravens.
I imagine this story had a very strong impact on me at the age of six. The seven ravens were the little girl's brothers. Well, I have three brothers! I wasn't so sure though that I could cut my finger off to save them.
This story certainly haunted me.
There was poor Humpty Dumpty who fell off the wall and couldn't be put back together again.
Little Red Riding Hood and that terrible wolf that ate her Grandmother. Three little pigs that had their home blown to pieces. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, all had some evil going on. Fairy Tales?
For children? Did these stories make us strong? I remember The Boy Who Cried Wolf! I believe my mother would use that in lessons to me. Hmmmm.
What Fairy Tale is most prevalent in your mind?
Dreams? I remember my dream. My one and only dream. It took me until I was the ripe age of 42 before I caught it. A horse. MY horse.
Dreams do come true, it just took time. The lucky girl in the below photo had her dream come true early.
But, maybe, just maybe, it was the horse's dream to have a little girl...
DARING GREATLY, by Brene Brown offers that how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Suggesting that we can't succeed in something in our life if we never let ourself be vulnerable enough to try and basically as the old saying goes, get our feet wet.
Dr. Brown then went on to quote Theodore Roosevelt in the first few pages. After reading his quote I literally had to read it again, and again. I hit me like a ton of words. Boom! So, dear readers, I would like you to get
"boomed" too. Ready?
From Theodore Roosevelt's speech "Citizenship in a Republic." 1910
"It is not the critic who counts; not the
man who points out how the strong man
stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could
have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error
and shortcoming; but who does actually
strive to do the deeds; who knows great
enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends
himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph
of high achievement, and who at the worst,
if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid
souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
The above quote can be applied to so many aspects of my life. From learning yoga, and not your "mama's yoga," but DDP yoga, to saddling the horse, riding the horse, cooking a new recipe, repairing a fence, starting a class, training a dog, and letting myself be vulnerable to everything! You fill in your blanks above. This is your life, your one chance of grasping the world around you. What do you wish to accomplish?
So, let's dare greatly, let's get our hoof wet!
See the horse in the below photograph? Can you relate the image to the above? I certainly can!
Let's get into the arena!
Aiken, SC is home to Dogwood Stable. www.Dogwoodstable.com
As you saw in a recent post, I ventured with a friend to meet the GREAT Palace Malice. While there, I took a few photographs of the horse below. This morning I took another look at these photographs and enlarged them enough to read the name of this stunning equine. His name is Decorated Soldier, a yearling born in 2013. His is of Proud Citizen, and Lakenheath. See half way down page here:
He was purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners who are affiliated with Dogwood Stable. You can read about them here:
This horse racing information is really intriguing to me! Maybe, because this YEARLING was purchased for a mere $120,000.00. Wow…
Isn't he gorgeous? He looks like a champion to me, but what do I know?
Human's tend to say …
you smell like a horse. Go figure!
Neigh-sayers, hold your horses!
Don't beat a dead horse, or you may wind up with a Charlie Horse.
Don't look that gift horse in the mouth, he just may be a horse of a different color.
You might be in a one horse town, but putting that cart before the horse can get you into trouble.
People in this town may tell you it came straight from the horse's mouth, and point their hooves
So, you better just get off your high horse, and quit horsing around,
or you may be put out to pasture.
High definition, high dynamic range, HDR, etc., in photography. You have undoubtedly come across visualizing an image with this filter in place. Many up and coming photographers have this process labeled as a "signature" of their art work. Never going back to a photograph that isn't enhanced in this way. Personally, I haven't dived into that pool, until today. Voila, an experiment below. HDR'd enhanced. Not a great deal, but tweaked a bit.
Like it? You definitely can see the detail and the rough edge of the fur. But is it real? Of course it is a real photograph, but to me it isn't what I see in a real life visualizing moment (so to speak).
So, I guess for me, I am not sold.
my opinion of course…
Four separate eyes surveying the entrance of the woods. You get my back, I will get yours.
The mystery of what is ahead. The thick green and rust colors that enhance the horse's coats. The mesmerizing eye that is translucent but reflecting the glow. Black brushed eyelashes hovering. 18 5. The meaning?