You just have to smile. This guy. Popeye. Muscular and blind in one eye just like Popeye the Sailor man, hence the name.
He is one of the stable horses, but he is also used in the therapeutic riding program. He is one of the favorites. One of the riders that no longer rides him still brings him a bag of carrots. Who can blame them.
As for Pops…there’s not a lot else to say about this guy. Mainly because I think that the picture says it all. Popeye in all of his glory (and he’s had a few Olive Oyls I’m sure. One I know of for sure). Hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do.
The other day, you met his sister Lucky. Today, you meet the grey stud. Well, actually he’s a gelding, but just the same. Look at that studly face. He’s also a Connamara pony…he just didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to be pony size. I’m not sure of his actual height, but he is clearly taller than his sister. That is okay, he’s a beauty. A grey beauty. That took me a bit to understand. How he was considered grey. Even as they explained it, it just baffled me.
It’s all about the skin tone and the skin tone under that silky hair of his is blackish making his coat grey. It’s more obvious now that summer is here, but when I first met him, I couldn’t see it. They are considered white if their skin is pink underneath their coat. I am getting it now…mainly because the grey is more obvious now.
Mr. Aidan is about as patient as his sister. Neither like having to stand in the barn. Who can blame them? They love knowing what is going on and being front and center. Aidan will stomp and rear, neigh and paw…whatever it takes to get attention. They love treats and being loved on. I’m happy to do both.
These are some of my favorite pictures so far. I wish I had gone a bit higher on the shutter speed, but I think that it works. He looks amazing. I also love that he actually wears a rope halter, because it was a lot easier to shop out. There are a couple of areas that were difficult to perfect, but I don’t think that the flaws stand out too much. At least I hope not. What I do hope is that you like them too.
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Her name is Lucky and she is about as feisty as they come. Up until a couple of months ago, she had only ever knew one home. She had been born and raised there along with her brother Aiden. The owner of the barn chose to get out of the bordering business, so their mother brought them to the stable. I’m glad she did. We do know how I love horsies.
Lucky and Aidan are Connemara ponies. According to my search, they originated off in Ireland and they are known for versatility and good disposition. Their mama might argue their good disposition, though. I kid, neither had been worked for a bit and they are a bit on the younger side.
Lucky has Aidan and Red, Red is a quarter horse ( I believe). She doesn’t like being separated from them and she lets you know it. She also doesn’t take too kindly to the other horses getting too close, but they have made themselves at home. Lucky and the boys are fitting in just fine. I’m happy for that.
As for the pictures, I’d like a do over. They’re good, but I couldn’t remember what I had my shutter speed set on the last time and went a little low this time. It shows more in Aidan’s pics than with Lucky’s, but she stood a bit more still. She was all about the modeling. I would also like to work on shopping out the halters. I did it on Aidan’s, but Lucky’s was a bit harder to avoid distorting areas that I felt should be defined. I don’t know…I like them just the same and hope that you do as well.
The Badlands was not good to me as far as letting me sleep, but it definitely didn’t stop this beauty from getting its nap on. I would actually like a do-over on the Badlands, but I want a lot of things. I would like to focus my sights on somewhere else, but we will see.
In other news, I’m trying to change up some things on the photography path. I’ve started with my logo. I’m still unsure about the one that I went with for this picture. The wording is fine, it is the mountains in the background. I don’t hate them, but I keep having visions of someone complaining about it taking away from the picture since that has happened before. The mountains also vary from picture to picture because they don’t always show up depending on the coloring of the background. I don’t think that the mountains have to be the same color every time. I don’t know. It seems to make sense that I would have to change it up based on the picture to make sure it is visible. I also realize that not everyone is going to be happy regardless. My picture, right?
As for the art show. The first set of pictures was delivered on Friday and should be displayed as of today at the local community college. Whatever comes of that. I guess on the plus side, if they don’t sale…I will have two less photos to worry about framing for the huge show in September. It is always important to find the silver lining.
As for the picture. I love it and actually did very little editing to it. I hope that you like it.
I’ve been gone for a bit. I am not sure that I meant to be, I’ve just not had it in to me blog. Or even really mess around with pictures. I still have an absurd amount of South Dakota photos and recent photos, but it is taking a strange amount of energy to get motivated to work on them. This one? It is an old one. One that I decided to play around with.
It is the beautiful Jay. I’m still not sure whatever came of her. The place that was supposed to take her has not posted pictures of her, so I suspect that they did not end up taking her. They are a state park kind of town. A farm within a state park that offers events and what not. They often post pictures of all the other animals they have taken in. For weeks posted pictures of a new one that they adopted, but not of Jay. I hope that she is somewhere good, she deserves that.
Anyway, I’ve mainly been stressing over trying to prepare for the upcoming art shows. Getting the prints and finding the appropriate frames with no damage to them. I drop off the first two photos later today. They will be displayed at the community college starting Tuesday and hang there until the end of the exhibit in September. If I don’t sell them, they will then be used in the September show. I don’t know if the shows will be as successful as I would like them to be, but I’m trying to remain positive about it.
I have lost my train of thought. I do hope to gain some motivation to get back to photography and working on new pictures (even if it is just the ones that have been sitting there waiting). I thank all of you follow and continue to do so.