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The Words…

DSC_2163I was once reminded that our words are always out there.  Once we put them on the internet, that is it.  Whether we delete them from the original posting or not, they can always be found.

I have been thinking about that a lot lately.  Like a lot, even for me.  I have also been thinking about how one my uncle’s told me once that i had become too different.  The way I thought, my thinking process…it had become too different.  I now sit and wonder the implications of that statement.

I have had a lot of thoughts and I’ve said a lot of words.   I used to think that I never said anything that I didn’t mean, but now I wonder if that is true.  There are so many psychological aspects to why we do and say things that we do.  I am sure that mine came from a place of meaning at the time, but now…looking back, they stand with more question than they did at the time.  Hindsight, am I right?

I won’t delve into all that right now.  I’ve just been thinking about my old blog post and whether they represent what I want them to.  What I thought was me?  I know deleting them may be pointless. Maybe be moot.  Still, I don’t know.  Just bouncing thoughts for now.

The picture above is Picasso.  He is a wild mustang in the basin in Colorado.  He was the first to greet me when I entered the basin.  Let me know I was on the right course, because it took me a while to find it.  The directions failed me, go figure.  The “Verizon go anywhere” apparently has its limitations.  Always has its limitations, or I’m just really good at finding those places that Verizon doesn’t go.

Anyway, at the time Picasso was a lone bachelor.  From my understanding he was ran out of his herd.  The younger generation.  I don’t know what his status is today, I was hoping to make it back there this year to see if he was still about and to spend more time in the basin.  Here’s to hoping that is still an option as we maneuver through our current reality.

Until the next time.  Enjoy the picture.

~SMH, Montana Rose Photography~

The Incredible Acers

DSC_6081A.C.  as he was called when he showed up at the stable I worked at.  I started calling him Ace, it became his name but that will never be information confirmed.  It really shouldn’t matter.  It doesn’t matter.  Really just calling him Ace was inevitable, I think.  The dismay you may be sensing comes from another situation that had been a long time coming.  Dominoes.

Anyway, there really are not bitter feelings here.  Acers went to a wonderful home July 2018.  Where he is better fitted and gets the love and work that he deserves.  He’s a therapy horse and lives the job well.  DSC_6151This year, I had the honor of going out and photographing Acers and the other therapy horses he lives with.  It is no secret by now that this year has not been my favorite, and that day…I was not having a less than stellar week and was feeling more down that day than I had been.

This guy as I was finishing up, he became very loving was all about letting me love on him.  Pretty much insisted on it.  DSC_6206It is often said that animals can sense our emotions.  I have always felt this to be true.  There is also statistic data proving the positive effect animal/equine therapy can have on a person.  Where he is now, he works with Vets and those suffering from PTSD.  I would say he is a good at his job.

And…….him and the others, they made beautiful subjects and I think turned out some amazing pictures.  I hope that you like these of Acers.  They are just a few of my favorites.
DSC_6215Live, laugh, love, and let it ride.
~SMH, Montana Rose Photography~

Wild and Free

DSC_0211 (2)I feel guilty that I’ve not posted in a while.  There is no real good excuse other than I’ve just not wanted to.  I could go over the long list of reasons why, but they are neither here nor there.  They are reasons from a brain that never shuts off and a soul that constantly watches the numbers.  It also comes from a girl that has thousands upon thousands of pictures yet to edit and a spirit that has grown wearier than normal and is easily overwhelmed more than she used to be.

I had all these plans and goals. I always do and I’ve failed miserably to date.  I will not make promises, but there will be another post soon.  For now, I hope this one grabs your attention.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Once Upon a Jay

DSC_9510One of three versions of this picture.  By far my favorite.  I may have posted this one before, I don’t think I did. I think I posted the other two versions.  Either way, this is the one that I am posting.

I have been thinking a lot about Jay.  It has been a while now, but I miss her.  She was spunky and beautiful.  I don’t know what ever happen to her.  I can only hope, that as I have since she left, that she has found a good home.  That is happy wherever she is.

This is the cost of being a victim to other people’s decisions.  We often pay the price for them whether we should have to or not.  That is not a whine. It is not a rant. It is just a fact.  It’s all connected in some way.  It is unbeknownst to me as to exactly how, but the deep part of me that loves philosophy is telling me that it is all connected.  That it all has a purpose and that nothing is coincidence.  I don’t know how true any of that is, but it is always bigger than the seen.  Maybe.  Possibly.  Probably.

I was looking for a quote that fit my thoughts and this one stands out:  “There’s more to the truth than just the facts.” ~Author Unknown~

I believe this to be true, because there are always various sides to a story and we often only the fact that we know and there should be more that we should know, but we don’t know…you know?  🙂

As for the picture, as we established-it was revisited.  I love this picture of her and I wanted something that just really captured her essence.  I think that this one and the original completed do, but I will let you decide.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Been Awhile….

DSC_5942HI, all.  I know that it seems like it has been forever since my last post.  I cannot even remember when.  I know that I could look, but it will confirm what we already know.  It has been quite a while.

My brain has been so overwhelmed that it has been a bit difficult to concentrate.  I’ve not touched my camera in well over a month.  I’ve not really edited any new photos.  It has been something, but I will not whine.

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Since my last post, I’ve successfully completed my first major art show.  Though, it was not my first…it was the biggest out of the three.  I am quite happy with the outcome.  It was non-stop from the time that the show started.  I didn’t sell any of my big pieces, but I was selling so many smaller pieces that eventually I lost count and was shocked when I counted my earnings.  I didn’t bring back my actual investment, but the amount I did clear was much higher than I ever anticipated.  There was so much positive feedback and several people came back around a couple of times.  Cards were taken, so we shall see.

I know that my investment will not have to be as much next year, but I’m unsure whether I will be submitting an entry for it.  Part of me wants to and the other part struggles.  A year seems so far away and unlike this year…well, I’m unsure what next year holds in store.

This month I will be a vendor a charity event for one of the therapy barns, Courage Rock.  Two of the horses from the farm, Acers and Gracie Bay, now reside there.  Kim is an amazing woman and her program is designed to bring horses and vets together to therapeutic healing.   I’m looking really forward to setting up there and I hope to bring in enough revenue to make a decent donation to the Courage Rock program.  I am staying positive.  DSC_5950Next on my agenda is finishing school.  I have just three weeks remaining for this class and then just two more classes before I complete my bachelors.  With that said, I’ve been working my grad school applications.  Personal statements are a requirement for the schools that I’m considering it and they all require multiple parts…..they’re taking a bit to get done.  That is good, though. I’m actually putting thought into them and not rushing.  I hope that it has a successful outcome.

I think that is about it for news on my end.  As for the picture. I went to a buffalo ranch here in Indiana.  It is a family owned business and one of the children is a Hippotherapist out at the farm.  This beautiful girl is her brother’s horse.  Her name is Chase and she is the most beautiful and loving thing.  She’s a Rocky Mountain and just purely to enjoy and admire.  There is something wrong with her leg(s) that prevents her from being rideable, but I don’t remember all the details.

Anyway, that is all that is going on in my world. I hope yours is a bit more entertaining and that you enjoy the pictures.

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Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

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

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

Because sometimes….

DSC_4212.jpgYou 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.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography