Yesterday was a beautiful day for the Blessing of the Hounds here in Aiken, SC! This is a yearly event held on the morning of Thanksgiving in the Hitchcock Woods. The horse below was definitely taking it all in!
Swinging on a Star
Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule
A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule
No, this beautiful guy below is not a mule. Mule's are also smart! I just like the above song. My Father and I would sing this on road trips and then make up our own lyrics with different animals. The photograph below was taken at the Blessing of the Hounds in the Hitchcock Woods last year on Thanksgiving day! It was a beautiful morning with the sun peaking through the fall leaves of the trees.
"And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!"
Edgar Allen Poe
This photograph is what can happen during a Steeplechase! The athletes (human's and horses) were ok. I have never seen three horses go down over a jump. Two of the horses ended up completing the race. One horse had his face mask driven down over his eyes and kept on running. He was rescued early on. More photographs to come. :O If anyone has any influence at the Steeplechase organization, please share this photograph to them and point out the jockey with the yellow and purple sleeves. He is whipping his opponent's horse's head. This to me is just horrific.
I have been looking over the photographs I took at the Fall Steeplechase 2015 here in Aiken, SC. I have a gallery that I will be sharing soon. This sweet jockey was a real lens capture. Beautiful, strong, confident. Her horse though, was just as beautiful, strong, and confident. There was an accident over the first jump, and she walked away unscathed. But, very upset and sad. More photographs to come. Her horse? He came in first place without his beautiful rider. I personally, really like this photograph, for it seems her handsome steed had an eye for the camera.