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From Gray To Technicolor Splendor

It has been gray most of the day, which was a novelty to me. Dry as it was (humid to locals) I was extremely comfortable today. When we went out at 7pm to feed the horses (too windy to ride), the gusts suddenly swelled to about 30mph. It will take me weeks to get the dust out of my eyelashes. I hid behind a horse more than once. Not much brushing and grooming going on during that. The trees rustle and things flap and the mares get antsy.

The wind shifted, a storm blew through, a few drops of rain, the SMELL of rain. Judy can smell it coming before I can because I'm used not used to smelling tiny bits of moisture and she is. The wind died down and rain fell somewhere else, against the mountains in the distance, near Saguaro National Park, I think, if I've figured out my directional navigation correctly.

But with all that moisture in the air, guess what? Well, you can see what. The incredible sunset is what. Click through for more photos from this evening. Technicolor splendor.


And this is the ocotillo. I saw it in bloom in April. It just blows me away. Some sort of alien life form. And against a colorful sky? Amazing.

And if that weren't enough, in this direction we have clouds over Judy's barn...

Moving right along, let's look to the northwest, where the sun has already gone below the horizon, shall we?

And what's a sunset, if not seen over a white horse's back?



The sun sets on another visit to Dancing Horse Farm...did I mention that the horses danced for me tonight in the arena? Ephiny kicking her heels and Pandora running down the length like she's a kid. All of them running and milling and flying about in the late light, waiting for their dinners.

This wasn't horse camp, it was something else altogether, but we still sing in the dying light: "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold." Pandora would be the old friend in some ways. And Judy. But all the herd, 6 mares and a gelding, are my friends now. Which is not to say I don't think Pooka is awesome. I do. But one doesn't befriend a monarch with ease.


My buddy, Pandora.


And again. Say goodnight, Gracie.


"Goodnight Gracie" (She's such a clown at times.)


Oh and for the record? We have stunning sunsets in Virginia, too. But they're usually in the fall and it's difficult to get this wide open expanse in order to photograph them. But technicolor sky? You betcha. And yellow light. I love early and late light, wherever it happens.

Frog Out

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birdhousefrog
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
It was a good week. Got my head screwed on straight. I think. Did some writing on the plane ride home, so that's a good sign.
tcastleb
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, horses and sunset both.

And--ARRGGGHH. I now have a very repetitive song stuck in my head thanks to you. :>p
birdhousefrog
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
you were a girl scout???? it's the horses you're not supposed to be able to get out of your mind. that and the desert. and cheaper living. and writers and friends and stuff like that.
tcastleb
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I did Brownies for a while. And no, I can't get horses and desert and such out of my head either. Went to see an Ansel Adams exhibit, and what did I get stuck on? Not the pretty mountains, but the moon rising over New Mexico and a couple other desert ones. -sigh-
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
My god that sky is unreal. Oh, I want the desert!

Very funny horse pic, that one at the end.

Have an uneventful and safe trip home, you.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
you have just got to come. it will be so much fun. I know, it might not work out. You're busy making changes in your work life that could affect your ability to come in Nov. But I can still hope it will all work out.

Oz
green_knight
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Fantastic colours. And you're right, the views-with-horses are even better.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
weather and horses! It doesn't get better than that! I miss it already.
safewrite
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Oh, beautiful photos!
heleninwales
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos! I love the progression from the first pastel shades to the dramatic, fiery pink and gold.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
thank you! Wish I could take credit for that transition, but that's all courtesy of light, time, and moisture levels.

Oz
karen_w_newton
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Fantastic pictures! No wonder she likes white horses. They stand out beautifully! -)
lynnesite
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Neato keeno! You in town July 11-12th-ish? Might have a gig out there.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, no. But if you take any photos at DHF, I can't wait to see them. Pooka is looking amazing. In fact, all the horses are looking healthy and happy. Pandora sure enjoyed all the extra attention while I was there. And as you would know, those photos don't really do the sunset justice. Not without photoshop work. And grrrrr for wind blowing ocotillo and other branches when the light is low.

Oz
madwriter
Jun. 12th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I need to go riding around the mountains at sunset again someday. :/ (And I am in Virginia!)
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