The Hill School Track Meet is always one of my favorite events to photograph. Cam and his classmates have such a great time competing in the various track-and-field events against Powhatan and Highland students, and their infectious enthusiasm is so evident throughout the day. This year, Cam competed in the 80-yard dash, the obstacle course and the long jump. Although his best performance was placing second out of 50 11- and 12-year-old boys in the obstacle course, my favorite images […]
I had a great photo shoot last week with a 2-year-old named Elizabeth who is preparing for her show ring début in the lead-line class at the upcoming Upperville Colt & Horse Show (which conveniently fit into the A-Z Archive Challenge: U category). There’s just something so special about watching a young child discover her love of ponies. She enjoyed riding Cowboy, and her grin was infectious. She kept patting him on the neck and asking her instructor Amanda if she could […]
As part of their science curriculum,The Hill School sixth-graders spent one April afternoon planting trees on a local farm. The owners had recently fenced off a stream, separating it from their livestock, and had the Hill schoolers assist them in planting trees as a riparian buffer to prevent continuing erosion. With nearly 150 trees to plant along the stream bank, they had their work cut out for them. But, with the enthusiasm and energy that 12-year-olds have, it didn’t take long […]
First of all, I want to thank those of you who have sent me messages wondering about my absence these past few weeks. I apologize for the lengthy departure and will be sure to update you when I know in advance that I’ll be away from my blog for more than a few days. I was inundated with deadlines that, in a rare convergence, all came together at one time in a 10-day period. Normally, I try to keep my deadlines […]
Even though I’m a hunter/jumper person, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Arabian. The very first horse show I attended was an Arabian competition, and I still remember that experience vividly. I was 5 years old, and my friend and I spent lots of time in the stables afterward just petting the horses. One exhibitor, noticing our passion for horses, gave each of us a ribbon out of the collection she had won. I had that pink ribbon […]
As I was editing the images from the Hill vs. Wakefield game, I clicked on the delete button when I noticed this image was out of focus. But, thankfully, Cam was sitting with me and quickly noticed that this wasn’t one I should trash. Inadvertently, I’d set my focus on Coach Shupe, who was nervously watching from the sidelines. This was the first game of the season, and he was understandably pacing, not sure how his varsity team would do […]
This week Cee asked some interesting questions: If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so? — No, I wouldn’t. I had a high school teacher who made a regular point of saying that she’d rather have an honest student than a smart one in her classes. The honest students, whether they made good grades or not, were the ones she admired the most for their […]
Ready to roam? This red bridge turned out to be one of my favorite photographic subjects during my visit to Magnolia Gardens Plantation in South Carolina earlier this spring. I finally had some quiet time last weekend to edit some of my images, and I found that several taken near this pond, as the morning fog was burning off, were worth some experimentation and fit nicely into the A-Z Archive Challenge for the letter “R.” I recently purchased Color Efex […]
Ironman joined the world on May 1 at about 5 a.m. and had his first formal photo shoot at 3 p.m. He was still a bit unsteady on his legs and didn’t always know quite where they should be. But he figured out quickly where to find his meals and the value of an afternoon nap. Ironman, his dam Cirena (and sire Copperman) are owned by Denice and Roy Perry.
Not many horses have the talent for a great sliding stop, but it’s one of the traits that sets the Quarter Horse apart from other breeds. For the A-Z Archive Challenge letter “Q” it seemed appropriate to highlight one of those special moments that cowboys and cow horses share, when the ideal sliding stop comes together with a confident, balanced effort and lots of flying dirt. So much fun!