This past week I went to Puddingstone Farm and Nursery to photograph the animals. The roosters greeted me and as I was looking around the barn a woman approached and I asked if it was okay to take photos. She said sure and proceeded to tell me that there were some new colts but they were out in the pasture. Then she said, “Come on, I’ll take you out.” I didn’t want to take her from her work, but she said she was the mom so she could do as she pleased. I like her attitude.
They raise miniature horses and ponies at Puddingstone and there were three new colts out in the field, along with some of their other horses and lots of ewes and lambs. The mares were still very protective of their babies, trying to keep themselves between me and the colt.
As I slowly tried to get myself closer, they would slowly move away as they continued to graze – and the colts followed closely. No posing of these families. Luckily the colts acted like all young-uns, they moved where they could check me out a little better.
This morning I had another photo shoot with Sheza, friend Lynn’s horse. We made plans last night over supper (I supped with Lynn, not Sheza) and I hoped for another beautiful sunny early morning but we got grey skies instead. She expected an early morning call to cancel and I was so tired and so achy I almost did but I hate losing the opportunity for some practice shots. We have fun because Lynn loves Sheza and riding, and I love to photograph – and if it isn’t a perfect day there is always next week.
This week we went across the road to a field where Lynn and Sheza could show their form. I don’t think Lynn will be able to print most of these because they are grainy due to the low light but they are fun to look at. Clicking on any picture will allow you to view in a slide show and see larger images.
Once again Adam was annoyed that he wasn’t taken along. He protested a lot and did some things that looked like “attitude”.
I am really happy with these photos because I recognize that I am gaining confidence and skill with practice. I learned something important about photographing Sheza. Lynn has trained her very well so she is disciplined. When Lynn is mounted, Sheza doesn’t even graze the thick, lush grass of the field. If I want to capture Sheza’s character and beauty, I have to see her working. These photos show her personality so much better than the first set I took. I suppose there are times when Sheza and Adam play together but I’m not there for those moments. The next group will be even better because I’ll wait for good light. Here is the link to my previous photos of Sheza and Adam.
This week Julie & I went to Binder Zoo in Battle Creek. I have never been a big zoo fan but this zoo had lots of space for the animals and most were in environments that would be similar to their native space. We went to practice our photography skills with animals but the critters were so friendly that we ended up having some nice conversations.
You can see Julie’s photos of Binders Zoo and hear her take on our experience at JulieMariePics.
Yesterday I woke to a hazy sun, with the promise of rain by afternoon and two more days of it after that. I decided to head out first thing to get some photos of the daffodils that grow in the park. I ended up taking lots of photos of everything BUT the daffodils in the park. My first distraction was at the corner where I could see the horses by the fence down at Holman’s farm.
I told myself that I just had to go down and take some shots even though it was in the wrong direction. My friend Lynn wants me to take some photos of her horse to hang in a very special place in her home – and I could practice on these. The light was nice and I’m happy with my practice shots. I have found that taking photos of animals can be challenging but I’m loving the learning. Aren’t we lucky that there is an ever-ending supply of subject matter for our lens? So many pictures to be taken and so little time. Retirement is nice!