With Thermal just a few weeks away, I have been mostly shooting horses and barn candids. Thermal – the HITS Desert Circuit Horse Show begins today in Thermal, California and continues through March 17. Ally and the Oak Haven crew will be competing during the second half of the circuit and our horses, trainers and riders head south in just a few weeks. That means, I head south in just a few weeks and will be enjoying the warm desert sunshine while dedicating my next posts to Thermal. Not to fear flower children, the gardens bloom and the garden shows gear up in March. But, for now, let’s catch up.
My goal this year is to post more pictures, shorten the stories and continue with the intended theme of documenting Ally and my journey to 2020.
2012 ended with the ten year old saying goodbye to two dear furry friends and a stuffed pony named Smores. But, as the saying goes, “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” Two new furry friends have joined our extended family and she continues to ride the real pony named Mickey (along with her beloved, best friend Charly). As she approaches the end of her 10th year she is gracefully saying goodbye to a few of her childish ways and hello to her tweens. Fear for me.
I am saying goodbye to an old friend, my Nikon D70. Great camera that simply hit the pavement too many times (thanks to the 10 year old mentioned above). My tried and true Nikon D5000 will travel with me to Thermal for the dirty, dusty work. He will be joined by a new friend who is en-route to Woodside as I type.
I dedicate this post to Layla and Darwin Murray. We miss you, we love you, may you rest in peace. xo!!