In this week’s edition of Photo Friday, we have the final set of photos from Muddy Boots Ranch in Pass Christian, Mississippi. I’ve already shared photos on a Wordless Wednesday and again last week on Photo Friday, primarily because I am slow to get things edited – not because I want to draw the experience out.
It is hard for me to get over just exactly how beautiful and majestic these beasts are. Being out there with them reminds me again why most little girls at some point in their lives are at least a little horse – mad. How can you not be?
I was particularly in love when they were right next to me…and I was relieved that they wanted to be right next to me. It was like a form of validation – these horses sense my love and are responding to it. It made me ridiculously happy. And I will say that they were right next to me, letting me pet their incredibly soft and sweet noses (I think that might be my favorite part of the horse – their incredibly velvety muzzles) BEFORE the other photographer showed up with 5 pounds of huge carrots that he handed out to the rest of us like candy and we obligingly passed along to our four-legged friends.
When Patty, owner of Muddy Boots Ranch, felt like we had gotten enough shots of these darling babies, her nephew and I believe niece (?) made their way into the pasture to being “flagging” the horses so we could get some action shots of the horses. I greatly appreciate their efforts because it was a particularly hot and sticky afternoon/evening in South Mississippi. Even at 5:00 at night, the heat index was predicted to be in the high 90s and the organizers of the shoot recommended that we bring plenty of water so as to avoid potential problems with dehydration. I was sweating through my shirt just taking pictures; I can’t imagine chasing around a field.
I wish I had brought my zoom lens with me because I could have gotten much closer to them, and perhaps gotten better pictures. As it was, I used the sports capture mode to actually try to get the horses in motion. I’m not entire pleased with how these turned out, but they aren’t too bad, I don’t think. It got particularly nice when the horses looked like they were starting to play a little bit.
After about 20 minutes, I looked at time and remembered that I’d promised Sweet Husband I wouldn’t be gone too long; the group shoot happened on a weekend, and weekends are our times to spend together. As the horses galloped further into the pasture, I decided it was probably time for me to make my way home and put my gear away.
I am again thankful that I got to head out to Muddy Boots Ranch and spend a little while taking pictures. I got what I felt like were some great images, and I enjoyed the fellowship with other photographers. I’m excited about my swamp tour tomorrow morning with many of the same people, so in the next couple of weeks you can look forward to seeing lots of pictures from deep, deep in the heart of Cajun Country.
Tell me about your favorite picture. Which one do you like the best?