Monday, June 29, 2009

For the Horse Lovers In the Audience . . .

I would like to offer this picture up for your consideration, and in so doing invite you to head over to English Rider's "Where's My Effing Pony", because there is simply some damn good writing going on over there . . . by one generous lady with a big heart and alot of gumption. This may not be the pony she was dreaming of, but it's my best shot at it . . .
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And if I may, without meaning to overload you already busy and beautiful people, there are also some lusty Irish horse (and sheep and cat and dog and probably most any other kind of four legged critter) lovers at this address right here, belonging to the inimitable Watercats . . . and if you're disappointed, well shucks, I'll refund you the price of admission !!! Now how's that for a deal ??? And there's some good music going on there too. . . don't miss the audio player right at the top of their page with some homegrown tunes in it !
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And finally, this one goes out to my daughter Mimi, who is also a horse lover, and who's a long way from home right now . . . we love ya, honey !
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32 comments:

louciao said...

My next posting was going to be of a horse! Now you'll think I'm copying you. And your photo is waaaaaaaaay nicer than mine--and don't try to neigh say me!

Owen said...

Nnnneeeiigggghhhhhh !... great minds think alike I guess... (I mean you and the horses, 'cause my mind is so far from great it's not even funny...)(and once again I'm galumphing off to vorpal dreams...) Gosh you're fast !

louciao said...

Um. I think you just called me a horse.

Margaret Pangert said...

The black-and-white makes this photo very striking; the horse practically jumps out of the picture. his face has such a dreamy, sensitive expression. charming.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I have a photo with a group of horses coming up within the next week, and I love your horse photo. (I also have a horse and colt on the slideshow on my site. There was a wonderful photo of a pair of horses on the Prescott Area (Arizona) Daily Photo by Jarart within the past week.

I enjoyed your letter to your daughter, and you have a lot to be proud about. Her photos are wonderful, and her initiative in being an exchange student is admirable.

You have her good advice about backing up her photos. On a trip to Australia last December, one member of our group had her camera stolen on the last day, and she lost all of her photos.

Steve said...

I love horses (purely platonically) and have spent many a lovely day pony trekking in the Welsh mountains and got myself some huge blisters in embarassing places at the same time (purely platonically)...

Roxana said...

beautiful! the horse and the tree seem to seek an embrace - and at the same time the viewer feels drawn inside, part of their silent souls...

Owen said...

Lynne ! Perish the thought ! :-D
(It was more me calling myself a mule... or other similar term... LOL)(And re-reading what I said above in the fog of near sleepy-time, I said you were "fast" too, which in retrospesct is not always a good thing to say about a lady either ! LOL ! Thanks for having a wonderful mind and for keeping me on my toady toes... Now I better shut up or I'll just get myself in even deeper hot water ! :-D

Hi Margaret, between the horse and I, I'm not sure which is the dreamier... am frequently caught day-dreaming... which leads to images like this...

Hi Dave, hope all is well where you are... I'll be by to take a look soon. I too had a camera stolen not so long ago, and boy was I pissed about losing the photos that were on it that I hadn't had time to back up. And I've heard of other stolen cameras... terrible thing how they grow legs and run off with the first passing instamatic they see... fast and easy cameras !!!

Steve, glad you clarified that platonic feeling you have for horses ! There was never even the slightest shadow of a doubt about what you might have been up to ! LOL !

Hi Roxana, many thanks... I was certainly drawn at that point in time, and I remember fumbling for my camera hoping he (or she) would stay put long enough for a portrait to be taken...

the watercats said...

Ahhhh.. look at de pooooonnnneeeee!!!!!.. Beautiful photo... it's such a shame the poor creature has what looks like a cribbing collar on though... But that's just nit picking!.. that would explain why he/she looks so pee'd off....
Thanks for the kind wordages!.. we're not used to such adulation..lol We'll have to think about a post to return the favour!

I love the textures in this photo.. (going back to it)..It is looverly! :-)

Rain said...

Hi Owen! That's a really great photo. The way you took it, it looks like the horse's head is much bigger than his body! He looks a little sad though!

Anya said...

Wow!!
BEAUTIFUL black horse :)
I love horses !!
Fantastic shot...

Patricia said...

Hi, This is my first visit to your site and I think it is terrific! Great images and witty text. I look forward to a daily dose.

Janie said...

Beautiful horse. I like the angle and composition. And I'm definitely a fellow horse lover.

jeff said...

Quel beau cheval ! On dirait une carte postale !... Tu as une façon de traiter le noir et blanc bien particulière et j'aime assez !
C'est une photo que tu as prise où ?
Merci pour ton clin d'oeil ! Te répondrais... et merci pour les conseils... mais tu sais, je suius assez têtu ! Quant à... bientôt !

Amitiés pixelpot ! 'suis pressé ce soir comme un citron !...;))

Japy said...

Wonderful photo. I like it a lot. well I really like horses but your photo is simply brilliant. Greetings.

English Rider said...

Wow! That was a nice surprise.This "pony" really appreciates kind words. Where was this taken? It's got an Exmoor feel to it, and you were lying on the ground? A man who is willing to prostrate himself before an equine gets lots of points on my score card.

Peter said...

For horse lovers... Well, I'm not more than most others, but who doesn't love horses? ... and the one you show us looks really nice and friendly!

The Sagittarian said...

I want to ask him why the long face, but he might think I'm nagging him about it! In the mane, it's a wonderful tale and photo. I shall now hoof it.

Nathalie said...

Great b&w portrait, it is a gorgeous photo indeed.

A second post dedicated to mimi? I hope you'll dedicated two to her sister soon or she'll be jealous. DO you remember the parable of the prodigal son?

Nathalie again said...

Comments are the ice on blogrink...

Nathalie encore said...

Comments are pickles in the fruit salad

Nathalie toujours said...

Comments are the cool balm of after-shave lotion on a man's perfect cheeks... (forget the moustache)

Nat always said...

Comments are the moment the band comes out through the back door and signs an autograph on your cowboy hat...

Comments are the rainbow before the rainstorm !

Cheers !

Adrian LaRoque said...

Great wide angle, congratulations!

Lille Diane said...

Personally I think I should write you an excuse so you could have all the time you need to be behind your camera. Yes, I think that's exactly what I'll do....

To Whom it may concern:
Please excuse Owen for any time needed during the afternoon or morning....or BOTH to do nothing but take pictures. He is in great demand by the Universe to make more people happy with his photography. Pay him handsomely for any time off he may need or want. Starting Immediately!

Sincerely,
Miss Bossy Pants :-)

I am a huge fan. Brilliant!

Owen said...

Hi Adrian, thanks ! Always appreciate your visits !!!

Ahh Nathalie, you're making me blush... Comments are the blush on a strawberry blond's cheeks after sitting in the afternoon sun in the Tuilleries on a gorgeous summer day.... comments are a mistral wind that suddenly turned around and blew north one day, bearing kind tidings from the southlands... :-D Hope you had an excellent weekend too ...

Dearest Amanda, and I'll bet you'd look a gift horse in the mouth too ? Well, I'll stop there, don't want to saddle you with too many spurious puns... as always, you are more fun than a barrelful of kiwi fruit !

Peter, he was friendly, or curious anyway, he came right up to see what was going on...

Dear English, well I might not have been lying on the ground, but was crouching down pretty low in a hollow... is that worth partial points at least ? The picture was taken on a trip down to les Eyzies de Tayac, in the Dordogne region...

Daniel Alonso, Many thanks !

Cher Citron Pressé (Jeff) je t'en prie, je plus que comprends que le temps est fuyant et les jours passent vite, et mon dieu, tous ces blogs peux prendre un temps fou... que puis-je dire ? C'est toujours un plaisir quand je vois ta tête multi-couleur, car je sais que des commentaires super octane vont suivre... tes vanneries, tes jeux de mots à n'en finir, bref, la vie quoi ! La vie animée par J34 ! Ch'suis tjrs content d'avoir ce que tu peux... et si tu passes des jours sans passer, ne t'inquiètes, je comprends qu'il y a autre chose dans la vie que des blogs... alors, en tout cas, merci et merci encore pour tes mots qui me poussent toujours vers de nouveaux folies... Tiens, cet après-m, nous sommes passés devant les Folies Bergères ! Mais sans s'arreter... peut-être avec toi un jour ;-D

Hi Janie, welcome if this is your first visit here, and wow, looks like you live in some beautiful country out there in Utah ! Love that state, wish I could get back out there and spend quite a few months just rambling around...

Hey Patricia, Welcome ! The more the merrier I like to say... don't know how witty it is, but we're doing our best to have a good time in these parts... looks like there's alot of art going on over at your two blogs... like the things you'd like to keep from the Philadelphia Museum of Art... I spent alot of time in there when taking some art history classes at Penn... love the place... (grew up near Philadelphia) Anyway, thanks for dropping in !

Owen said...

Anya, Many Thanks ! That's the cat's Meowwwww !

Hi Rain ! Not sure if he was sad or not, he wouldn't say, but see the Watercats comment above, maybe there was a reason for that... almost time to go on "Air" !!! Can't wait... Loved your climb on the mountain post !

Hey you Waterkits, interesting, I was not familiar with the phenomenon of "cribbing" (that shows you how much of a horse person I am), but was just reading up on it. Wow, sounds awful, bored horses sucking wind... are there other ways to get them to stop cribbing besides a cribbing collar? Anywho, you're more than welcome... adulation... LOL, shucks, you all deserve it...

The Panorama said...

This picture is amazing. I can stare at it for hours. Thanks for sharing:)

Jilly said...

Magnificent shot of a magnificent horse. Like it so much in B and W.

Quiche said...

Horsey! This photo reminds me of the stock horses my great grandfather Pardi Alice Sergent used to own, from all the old photos I have. I think the Sergents were Normandy- my grandmother was Gladeus Loraine Sergent, and no doubt Pardi (from Par-deu), Gladeus (Fr. sp., and pronounced Glade-us) and Loraine are French. Aside from their names, and the surname, I have had a hard time tracing them back.

Country Girl said...

Your photographs are wonderful and your writing is sublime.

lenightowlinjonzac said...

I love your choice of angle here!
Monochrome is perfect for horses pictures (IMO).
I must say I'm partial to horses :)