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WWMS Weekend Event Part 1

This weekend I was invited to photograph the Western Washington Mounted Shooting State final event. It was an honor and privilege to be asked and I had the best time getting up close to all the action. This sport is exciting to watch and photograph, the riders and horses perform and work hard.

I have quite a few photographs to cull through but so far these are some of the photos that highlight this great sport. I’ll post more as I edit…stay tuned and for a bigger gallery check out my Flickr page for more.



WWMS Event 09/10

WWMS Event 09/10

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Yesterday’s photos of the day comes from a trip over to help out my neighbor Susie. Little Moon is her mini horse and since Susie has a hard time getting around after her surgery I was more than happy to help her groom this cute lil guy.
Taken with the Df and the Nikkor-S Auto 55mm F/1.2 @1.2 – I love bokeh so my lenses are always wide open 🙂
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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:9

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Quiet Moments

The past few days have been moody, overcast and still. The lingering remnants of cold mornings and promise of rain have made summer seem like a distant thought. As I was walking through the pasture I noticed even the horses seem content with these cool spring days.

It’s just a peaceful feeling knowing just how special these moments that God gives you everyday can really make everything thing seem just right!

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D2X Nikkor 135 Ais

Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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High Tailin’ It!

From this morning just after sunrise the warm air kicked up and the boys decided to have a play! Got out just in time to make some quick photos. I sure do love how willing they are to play and let me get in the middle of it with the camera!

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Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?
It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.
Job 39:19-21

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Spring Mornings

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“I want to show you the wonders of perceiving the world around you from a spiritual perspective. Your inclination is to see everything from a natural or worldly point of view, but I want to take you higher and help you see and understand spiritually. Set your heart to allow Me to transform you into My image, says the Lord.”

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God.

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On the Trails

Me and my lil buddy Cimarron on the trails this afternoon.

Trying out some bokeh shots with my old Nikkor-S 5.8cm and the Df.

I love the vintage look this lens produces…shot wide open at F1.4 in the midday sun!

Before heading out…


on the river trail…

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2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

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My Wonderfully Spectacular Indy

Indy is my first, she is extremely independent, named after my favorite character of all time Indiana Jones and has taught me soo much about horses, riding, and myself! She is brave, stubborn, sweet as a honey crisp apple and smart as can be!

I almost lost her a few years ago to an unexplained injury but our commitment and love trumped that and here she is heading to her 13th birthday in a few weeks and I still never tire of her bodacious personality.

This weekend I was grooming her before our ride and as always she is so entertaining when I turn on the shop vac, she will turn to it and start lipping at the forced air that spurts forward from the huge plastic tube hose.

Here are some funny little outtakes:

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Capturing the Moments…

The one’s that matter to me most are the ones where life is just in the very second of the hours of the day. Those quiet, normal ticks that take place in the tocks of the clock. Those moments are why I carry a camera with me all the time. The light lands just so softly on the furry face or the mud kicks up behind a beating hoof. These are the moments I cherish, the ones that melt your heart, make you laugh out loud, sigh and remind you why this life is all worth it.

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John 3:8 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

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Bekkah and Texas

Portrait session for my neighbor. Photographs were a surprise birthday present so I had to wait to share this session from October 2015. This was a fun autumn session in October and I was fortunate to have good light, a great model and a perfect horse.

Here is a slideshow compilation…

and here are some stills from the session.





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Revisiting Kaui, Princeville Ranch

A few years ago the hubby and I set out on a vacation in celebration of our wedding anniversary. On this trip to Hawaii we decided that Kauai would be our destination.

We did everything from ziplining, to hiking, snorkeling…actually Rick snorkeled I’m afraid of the water…to horseback riding at Princeville Ranch Adventures.

It was a beautiful trail ride through pastures before continuing on a short hike where we stopped at a beautiful waterfall for lunch. The hike then looped around to where we tied off the horses. After we mounted our trusty steeds we headed back through the trails eventually ending where we began at the hitching post.

I’ve recently decided to go through old photographs from throughout the years to create a coffee table keepsake as well as prints for the house.

The photographs I’m sharing are three from that day at Princeville Ranch Adventure of the horses and our guide that I processed and really liked how they turned out.

Enjoy and Mahalo for looking! 🙂

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