Archive | August 2018

The Faces of Red….

DSC_5073The beautiful and incredibly sweet Red.  The only quarter horse in his family.  His brother and sister are both Connemaras, but that is okay-he’s a special guy.  23ish I think. Somewhere around there.

DSC_5088I am undecided as to which photo is my favorite.  One of the two head shots for sure. I hope that you find one that you like.  DSC_5090Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Always Incredible

DSC_5046The always incredible Mr. H.  Actually, it is HP (Hocus Pocus, but no one calls him Hocus Pocus).  HP, the Rocky Mountain Horse.  HP, the Rocky Mountain that apparently missed the memo that he was supposed to be a certain size.   DSC_5051I suppose there is an exception to every rule.  It seems like several of the horses out at the farm didn’t get the memo.  Sir Duke, the haflinger.  The Dude. HP. Aidan.  Probably a couple of others as well.  All a bit off “size” for their breed…oh well, they’re all beautiful.  And HP, well, he’s about as photogenic as they come.  DSC_5052He never disappoints and I hope that you agree.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.  DSC_5071Montana Rose Photography


DSC_5125I have been a way a while. I know this.  It has been a struggle to get back to things.  Do not worry, this won’t be some woe is me post. At least that is not its intent.  It is also not to make my issues sound more than anyone else.  No.  We all have our problems. Are hardships and our heartaches. We all have some kind of ailment and not for a second would I try to say otherwise nor would I for a second pretend mine our greater.  Mine are pretty mediocre, but like a lot of people…the little things can feel like the weight of the world as they pile up.  That is just how it is.

With that said, I was going to try and write some deep and symbolic post.  One that just makes people say, “wow.”  But the truth is, that just seems pointless.  I speak what is on my mind and people will take away what it is that they need to take away.  Trying to dictate my words in such a way that it is thought provoking…well, it is usually detrimental to the point on hand.  It usually takes away and makes my head hurt.  The best method, which should go without saying, is to just type what comes and let it flow as is.   Once upon a time, I was a pretty intelligent person whom could write like no one’s business.  I would like to think that somewhere in there…..that girl still exist.

I’ve said time and time again how I am always trying to conform to what people think and what they want.  I do it in order to find a way to connect to people, because that is something that  I have been horrible at.  Something that I grow even worse at as time passes by.  I suppose this is what happens when you become a wallflower because you have allowed people’s words to get to you.  We have all been there at some point in time, so we all know what I’m talking about.

Daily I look for ways to change my situation.  Change the way that people view me, but all that I keep coming back to is that I have to be true to myself.  This, again, should go without saying.  We have to be who we are in order to feel complete and content.  When we try to change who we are, it can often be debilitating; especially, if what we are trying to change…is not something that truly needs to be changed.  My thing…honesty.  Most people do not like complete honesty…at all. They say that they do, but no one really wants to hear it.  Me….I may not want to hear it, but I will take it and I definitely do nothing but speak it.  Unless of course you are some guy with gold teeth, dreads, and a Bob Marley t-shirt hitting on me in the movie theater parking lot.  Then it is possible, that I may tell a little lie like that I’m married and waiting on my husband.  True story…but in my defense, he wouldn’t leave me alone.  The point is, I am nothing if I cannot do what is right for me and who I am.  This is true for all of us…and we all know this.
DSC_5144I think that this is why I am fascinated with these pictures of Sassles….because that is exactly what cats do.  They not let humans dictate to them how to behave.  They are strong and fierce. They are independent and they choose whether they want to be lovable or if they want someone to get bent.  Sassles is no different.  She often meows like she wants attention, but she will either walk away or she will let you get a few strokes in and then she’s done.  I also think these pictures look amazing.  She looks amazing.

And as always, I got distracted and lost my train of thought.  Go figure.  As for the pictures, they speak for themselves. I hope that you like them.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Let There Be Light….

DSC_45712Or at least emphasized light.  Altered grass.  You know whichever.

These pictures have been revisited.  I went to a lunch type workshop the other day where we discussed photoshop.  I use photoshop regularly but haven’t always been able to get it to do what I want.  After the workshop, I decided to go back to something that is usually foe to my patience….curves.  Selecting particular areas and using curves.

I didn’t hate these photos.  The original edits on the top photo were amazing in of itself, but this bottom one.  Not so much.  I want to emphasize the sky as the sun was starting to set.  I wanted the badlands to stand out.  I wanted the road to lead to something.  In both.  Vision. Dreams.  I don’t know, but I wanted more than what was previously there.  Hope I nailed it.  DSC_46082Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Burro Me This….

DSC_0209Not all survived the fire.  Some were donated back to, but these are the ones that remain.

There were nine when the fire took place.  Three succumbed to consequences of the fire and six remained.  I forget how many were donated back.  Some burros are auctioned off during the buffalo auction and it was of them that were returned home.  But then another died.  In its place a baby was born.  The baby will be big before I return again, but they are still beautiful and fighters.  At least I think that they are.  DSC_9246

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

One With the Tree…

DSC_1914Sometimes you just have to become with the tree. I am actually surprised that I had not posted these already.  I did them sometime ago.  They are some of my favorites.  DSC_1916The weather was so touch and go this past trip.  One minute it was raining and the next it was a sunny as could be.  I should not be surprised considering last year I experienced all four season in one hour (that sadly is not an exaggeration).   Thanks to the luck of the buffalo, it was quite sunny and beautiful when I took these. This guy and his buddies gave me the perfect scene.  Just hanging out by the trees in Prairie Dog town. DSC_1922I didn’t have to do a lot to these photos.  They did the work on their own.  The sun was right. The buffalo were cooperating. I stuck with my big lens.  I trusted my fingers, my mind to make the right call.  DSC_1930I was reluctant to say that.  I don’t know if that is true.  I was trying to think about it because I needed these pictures today.   A reminder I guess.  We all have those moments.  Overthink things.  Something that we’ve been doing for a while.  Something that we are trying to make  goal of.  We begin to doubt our abilities.  I didn’t really doubt my ability. I doubted my ability to be able to offer certain versions of photos.

A few people have suggested that they will be reaching out for photos.  I was also thinking about the upcoming September show.  I get overwhelmed and I overthink.  When I am home I tend to think about the photos that I’m taking. I overthink them.   Most are taken with a purpose these days so I’m constantly thinking about it.  Worried about getting them just right and lately it seems like I’ve hit that rut again.  When I’m on vacation, there is no thinking. No focusing. Just doing.  I need to learn to do that everyday.  Things turn out better when you don’t overthink things.

DSC_1950This set of vacation photos…by far some of my favorite.  I’ve still got quite a few go through and have not shared many of them on here, but I am done with my buffalo photos…they are awesome.  At least to me.  Hope you agree.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography


DSC_0648 (2)This may be a bit deceiving.  It is not as it appears.  It’s not a buffalo?  Well, the scholarly will tell you no, because there are no buffalo in the United States.  It is a bison.  Soapbox, I’ll move on.  It is a buffalo.  He is grazing.  He is not at sunset.  Wait! What?  You heard me right.

This picture was actually taken in the afternoon.  High and harsh sun battling it out with some wanna be storm clouds.  For a while, the sun won.  So, why does this picture look like a silhouette at sunset?  Filters and a lot of shade.  This guy was so dark that when I shot the photo, the shadow being cast upon him made look like a silhouette against a big blue sky.   Beautiful, but not what I was really wanting.

I could have tried to turn up the shade and down the highlights.  I actually did on another, but I didn’t like the way that he looked at that moment.  I wanted something different. I wanted this and I think it looks pretty gosh darn good. Hope you do too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Sir Duke….

38005563_10155723986830998_5716868725315993600_oI rarely post photos that I have taken on my phone, but I couldn’t resist these.  I took these today as I was finishing up at the farm.  38137323_10155723986845998_3543405803690000384_oSir Duke was standing in his stall and the sun was reaching dusk status so it was shining through his window.  I had just finished raking the aisle way to his stall and so there was dust swirling around.  It was a perfect scene.  38271010_10155723986840998_1130188715155521536_oNaturally, I didn’t have my actual camera and so I had to use my phone.  I don’t know if it depicts the scene I was wanting it too, but I like them and hope you do too.  38131544_10155723986860998_6991746904329551872_oAnd it would be Sir Duke, if he didn’t add a little bit of this…whatever this is.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography