The Orples Go Horseback Riding

I was looking for something else entirely, and got sidetracked looking through old photos of Magi. Imagine that. One look, and the orples were ready to go horseback riding with my grandson, Jacob, who was about five in this photo. Magi doesn’t appear to be real happy about toting three riders at once, but I guess he figures if Jacob can get his head up, he’ll cooperate. Anyone who hasn’t yet met Magi is welcome to reminisce the past with me in Photos of Days Gone By.

Kick'm in the sides and yell, 'gitty up'. I'm sure he'll go then. :)

Kick’m in the sides and yell, ‘gitty up’. I’m sure he’ll go then. 🙂

If you’d like to join the neighborhood please let me know. Basically, I pull a screen shot from YOUR blog, invite the orples along, then relink back to you, giving you credit for your work, and introducing new people to your blog. In return, I love it when you re-blog or ping-back, giving me a little recognition, too, on your stomping grounds. Olivia really would love to be famous one day, you know. 🙂 For more information, and a potential spot in a projected coffee-table book (with credit given per your specifications on any shots used), feel free to peruse the articles from past posts when you visit the neighbors.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Ready #4

Ready to ride!

My friend, Don on Traveler, & me on Magi, years ago in Chesterfield, County, Va.  This was the blizzard of 2000.  In Virginia, 10″ of snow brings things to a screeching halt unless, of course, you have a buddy with a 4-wheel drive vehicle and a good horse.   I’ll never forget this particular day.  It was soooooooo cold outside, but we had a ball.  I’d pulled Magi’s shoes, leaving him barefoot for the winter so  his feet wouldn’t pack with snow or ice and off we went.  Magi was always particularly spunky during cold whether and he loved to frolic in the snow.  That made two of us.

I had so many clothes on that day, I had to stand on top of the hitching post to climb aboard.  The upside to winter is that if you fall off your horse, you have plenty of padding when you hit the ground.  LOL.  Thankfully, there were no falls that day, just lots of fun for us all.

Turning Nature into Art

From Photo to Fabric Wall Hanging

The colors of Nature have always soothed my soul.  When I used to ride the trails for hours at a time, on occasion, I would take my camera to capture the beauty of the sights that were mine to enjoy. As all things do, I knew these days would pass, leaving me only memories to rekindle the joy I was experiencing at the moment. As I reflect back on those times now, I am grateful that I had the foresight to capture my memories on film (on in this case digital format). Some of my photos were taken specifically to use as a guide for various forms of artistic media. What better guide for color and content, than Mother Nature herself, when trying to capture the beauty of a landscape? The fabric wall hanging in the photo was inspired by one of my trail shots, although I admit I got a little frisky and added a few things that were not in the original photo. You’ll see beaded vines, and ‘button’ lovebirds sitting in the tree. The grass that extends beyond the fabric background is actually fancy yarn that gives the grass a 3-D effect and a few red ribbon flowers compliment the corded border.  I used a little embroidery to outline the leaves even though if I had it to do over again, I ‘d have used single strands of floss, so the leaves would be less defined. Oh well,  the whole point in creating art is to be creative, don’t you think?  Live and learn.