Friday, July 4, 2008

Still Struggling

I was horrified to see that it has been 10 days since I last posted, actually Lisa pointed that out to me and I decide that I just have to make a concerted effort to get back on track with my daily bloggging, I met so many wonderful people in cyberspace through my blog and I am hoping to resurect that comeraderie again.

I finally took a two day trip to the camp site where Stan and Val trail ride every weekend on Monday and Tuesday. For those of you who dont know they have three horses that we have bred and one other gelding so their horses are very special to me. I got to ride two of them and Eb is well on his way to being an awesome trail horse but is only taking short excursions with Stan until he is more seasoned. They decided to spend the week between last weekend and this weekend there at the camp too so it made it possible for me to stay overnight. It was a lot of fun, I rediscovered muscles I forgot I had LOL.

This is a fungus/lichen growing on one of the dead tree limbs on the trail.

Here is Eb standing on the tie line patiently waiting to have his turn on the trails.

This orange mushroom was incredible and is one of the things I wish I could have stopped and dismounted to shoot but we were quite a large group and it would have held everyone up.
This was shot while I was on the horse and he wasnt wanting to stand still so is not really good but fantastic opportunity to see this snake sunning itself on the rock in the river!
I am definitely going to have to set up a kit that I can carry on horseback and go out with just one other person into the woods so that I can stop and mount and dismount when I want to photograph something. I saw so many awesome textures, streams, fungii, a snake sunning on a rock, salamanders, moss and lichens and it was just too cumbersome to carry my camera and small lens let alone all the other lenses which I would have needed t capture some of the shots.

Today's pictures were some of the ones I shot on the one and only ride that I took the camera on. I decided to enjoy the rest of the riding without having to worry about the camera.

I have also been shooting my hummingbirds and hopefully getting better but they sure are hard to shoot.

One positive thing is that I have been using my camera more and am starting to get that passion back again. I feel so relaxed and happy when I have my camera in my hand and stroll around to see what I can find, and it is amazing what you can find if you really look.

Hope you all had a great 4th July (USA) and have a wonderful weekend. ((((((Hugs))))))



raccoonlover1963 said...

I'm glad to see that my nagging finally did some good! lol
Great pics, Lori. The fungi look really cool.

Rising Rainbow said...

It sounds like you had a great time. I'm glad. You really needed a break. I hope you get to have some more soon.

Happy 4th to you as well. I know it's over where you're at but it's still the 4th here so it counts as being timely. lol

CG said...

I'm so glad to read your post. I check every day for news of you!! Wonderful photos as usual. {{HUGS}} from me!

Luísa Lima said...

Hi Lori,

You have some courage to take your camera on horseback! I wouldn't have it for sure :-) I've been actually thinking of getting a small camera to carry along on these occasions, but I'd never get really happy with the results ;-)

Nice shots (especially from horseback) and I'm glad to know you're regaining your passion... what's life (and photography) without it, right? ;-)

Abraços = Hugs ;-)


Mike said...


Great to see you back after ten days. I was starting to have withdrawals!

I love the fungi shots. There is such amazing shades of color when you get to the "lessor plants." I have always wanted to do do macros of the mosses and lichens but have never gotten around to it.

I like the picture of Eb. He looks like he is anxious and excited to get started!

Hope you and Larry are well.

Take care,


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