“The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Lessons in riding, photography and life. The child had a wonderful experience during her three weeks in the desert. She did her job in moving the pony named Mickey along to his next adventure, she entered the jumper ring for the first time with great success on a horse named Heid-n-Seek; and, she got back together with her best friend, Charly, who, together went on to great things in the hunter ring. I am not sure what she would say was the highlight of her time in the desert. Possibly winning on Charly, maybe successfully completing her first jumper course, or, perhaps simply being in the same warm up ring with US Olympian, Rich Fellers and Flexible.
The photographer “borrowed” a lens for the second half of the adventure… borrowedlens.com is my new favorite hangout. I’m one of the lucky photographers that lives within 5 miles of this little golden nugget, allowing me on a moments notice to go in and grab whatever new and exciting piece of equipment I need or just want to have for a play date.
The shooting was phenomenal. The desert landscape was extraordinary with the first weekend blasting us with winter like conditions. This winter storm resulted in snowfall on the nearby San Jacinto Mountains which created breathtaking views from the jumper rings. Down jackets and snow gear were required. Two days later, the temps rose and out came the shorts and t-shirts. The shooting was more interesting during the cold snap, as the hot desert sun (after about 9:30 a.m.) makes for not-so-pretty pictures. Much of my success was either before 10:00 a.m. or as the sun was setting. Afternoon breaks allowed for being a spectator watching the elite line up of international riders who were flocking to Thermal for the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix. Another story for another day.
I share with you some of my favorite shots from this last adventure. The journey will take us in the coming months to elementary school graduation, a couple of garden shoots, a celebratory trip to Spain and horse shows around CA…all of this leading up to the child starting a new chapter as she enters middle school. Wish me luck, Charly (if have a child who is 10, you get it). ~ Peace! J>