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Spring is coming! Spring is coming!

That MUST be why my horse is shedding like crazy. Oh the joys of owning a horse. Not only does he masquerade as a llama with a big bushy mane and fuzzy neck just like in this picture; he insists on losing all the hair on the rest of his body in the middle of winter. So, all I can think is that he knows something I don’t and spring is coming.

Larry's unwanted hair

In the meantime, I am his shedding support. I stand ready with implements to hasten the process before we all drown in his hair (this is the amount of hair on a good day).Larry, his hairy blanket and pile of hair If it were clean (he hasn’t had a bath since fall last year), I would collect it and make yarn. If it were any dirtier, I’d worry about what I was ingesting everytime I breathe in while grooming him.

It will be over soon though, and until then, I have his undying gratitude for the extra tummy rubs (yes, he’s shedding there too).

In the meantime, he’s not the only one who’s furry at the barn.

Another Hairy Barn Creature

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How to take amazing photos in your backyard part 1

Have an ice storm.  Any sort of weather event like that brightens up a photographer’s day! In my case, it really was an ice storm and conditions on the day after were perfect for venturing out.  It was short but intense precipitation and then cold enough so everything stayed the same, yet you weren’t in danger of frostbite and could safely take your camera out.

The obvious photos are those of the damage and I did take a couple of those:

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Damage with ice

But I really wanted to capture the ice glistening in the sunshine. However, it was soooo much ice that some pictures turned into collages rather than landscapes!

 

 

 

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So, then I concentrated on isolating bits that would show the ice:

Purity of just ice

Purity of just ice

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And I found a couple of places for nice landscapes:

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Ice as the frame

But I was extra lucky that I could walk down into this little valley behind the barn and snapped these babies up:

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Not just the natural land

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A more traditional view

Pathway up

Pathway up

The fence makes a statement

The fence makes a statement

 

Don’t forget to change your point of view – even if the ice is cracking under you and you’re not sure how old those coyote prints you just saw are

Different point of view

Different point of view

Frozen winding creek landscape

Frozen winding creek landscape

Frozen winding creek portrait

Frozen winding creek portrait

Frozen hay field

Frozen hay field

Add some interest to the photo with something other than trees!

Add some interest to the photo with something other than trees!