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The Really Good Photos

Traci got here last night. So now we have really good photos I can upload right away. Any I take with my Leica will have to wait. Everything I've been posting was taken with the laptop cam, including yesterday's horse photos down at the barn. Yes, I dragged the laptop down there and asked the horses to pose through the "photobooth" countdown. Like that was a big success. (not)

Judy has pronounced that the story sucketh not. Which is good, cause that's what I thought. Means I'm developing my critical eye and sometimes the editrix can go chase herself. She needs to back off once in a while. Yes, she helped me get the final bit right. Yes, she helped me make a couple of gonzo jumps in the rewrite. Yes, she has an eye for rhythm and flow. But she's a pain in my arse about whether the story is any "good" whatever that's supposed to mean.

Enough about that. Before I dive into the fairy story's rewrite, here are some Very Cool Photos.

First off, me talking to Carma at sunset. Carma is Pook's mom, for those not in the know. She's calling a new human just now, but she's a very sweet lady.

Pook, just as handsome a stud as any I've ever seen. He's the only one I've ever met in person.

Me, talking to Pandora, whom I adore. Always have, from the moment I met her. Camilla is an amazing personality, but Pandora radiates calm and when I come here, that's part of what I need. Camilla is NOT about calm. She's a warrior. Ephiny has also been showing what a spectacular horse she's going to be, which is very different from the personality I saw in the past two visits. She's Growing Up. Oh, right. Pandora, talking to me while eating.

Judy, riding Pook in the evening light.

For the Pook fans...

And now, The Surprise. Judy and Traci went down to the barn first last night. I was sending off the draft of the new story to alpha readers. I went out and saw this guy on the path to the barn and called Traci for her camera. This guy is endangered, is young, is living under Judy's house. A gila monster. Amazingly beautiful. It's a sign that DHF is back as one of the most wonderful karma places on the earth. I was in awe. Not in a cage, not moving away from me with any speed, and the closest I've ever been to something this rare and beautiful.

Frog Out


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Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
DHF is BACK, baby! I love the wildlife here. Not to mention Judy fed us the most lovely citrus curd yesterday.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
It's even more of a rush than when I see a praying mantis at home, much as I love them. We have many of them, so I take them for granted. But not this guy. wow. knocked my socks off.
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Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
It does seem to be his tongue, yes. May he turn out to be a she and lay many eggs.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, Traci is in a trance of delight. Lizards. Big ones!!
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
May she lay many eggs, indeed.

And, from the costumer's eye: Wow, what a cool beading pattern.

Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
You make it, I wear it.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
WOW! I've never seen one and always wanted to. What a beauty.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
It was 7pm, so that was with a flash and washed out his/her color a bit. Judy is thinking it's a yearling. The light color was almost pink and fairly bright. I felt so privileged, tried to keep my distance so as not to bother him/her, make it feel unwelcome. Sent my best happy vibes.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Fourteen years living in Arizona and I never saw one in the wild. How cool!!
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
yup and some "wettite" from Virginia comes and sees one by accident! I really hope we didn't faze it. wow, oh wow.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's something you wouldn't expect to see. A real life Gila monster. Wowowowowow!

The horses are so beautiful. Oh god Alyx and I have to get there.
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