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I rarely take photos that I like of my horses, in part because they are both 30ish now and showing their age. But I like these…..

Cap pretending he lives in Argentina.

Snake and Cap, this is in early spring and you can see the remains of their winter coats. They seem to take forever to shed out at this age.

Cap strolling and Sara hiding in the shade, she’s 30ish as well.

Havoc in early spring attempting to look mature while soaking up the late day sun.

Trouble on a hot, humid afternoon.

Squeek and Havoc, too hot to move…’s really summer now.

Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association

The HVDHA had their spring plow at Saunderskill Farm Market in Accord, NY last weekend (May 3) and a good time was had by all. It was a very interesting photo op. Draft horses are so amazingly mellow, their ability to just stand around is awe inspiring.

Dark horses are tricky to photograph, like black dogs you lose so much detail. But these guys were so fun.

This team was lovely, I didn’t really understand their harnessing, but they worked together really nicely. I could have photographed them all day. The Belgium coloring doesn’t hurt either.

A different team of Belgiums that also knew their job.

Two teams working hard.

The same teams showing their patience, if there is one thing all horse people have in common is an ability to talk about horses, endlessly (I can say this because I do it too).

It’s tricky to get the timing right when photographing horses, catching the right expression and composition, let alone getting the humans to cooperate, but it was a lot of fun. Tomorrow I will post more people oriented photos. Photo tip for photographing livestock (horses, cattle….) shoot from waist height, camera lens roughly level with the bottom of the animals belly, it prevents the foreshortening that makes the animals proportions seem so odd.

Chile….more Atacama

So we went up again….part of marrying a Kostka is a lifetime of going up….good thing I always want to know what’s on the other side of the hill. Sunday we had been trying to reach a national park, but I had misunderstood which semi marked, vaguely paved road we wanted….apparently the unmarked one. It was good we had gone the wrong way because it was stunning in a different way than Monday’s trip, in which we found the park…Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces. While not quite as high as yesterday, you could still feel the effects of the altitude, maybe more amazing is that we drove some 100 odd kilometers with only seeing one other person, and round trip from the turn off,over 200 kilometers, we saw two cars and three people…just a little isolated. So you go up and up and up until you crest the top of the hill and this is what you get…

20121120-191134.jpgThat’s snow on the mountains in the distance and the white in the valley is the goal…Laguna Santa Rosa.

20121120-191653.jpgThe lakes and wet lands in the park are important wintering and stopping places for a variety of birds including flamingos….but not right now…ah well. What amazed me was the ecosystems created all down the mountains due to drainage from the lake as well as seasonal rain and snow melt (at least that is where I assume the water comes from).

20121120-192746.jpgThe trail of grasses marking a tiny stream flowing down the mountain, and later widening out into grazing land.

20121120-192947.jpgAnd later it became wider still.

20121120-193242.jpg The grey behind the horses is completely barren. At several points going down the topography would open up in such a way for the stream to support vegetation, sometimes grazing land sometimes agriculture and sometimes just bits of green. It appears that the livestock is moved seasonally as the grazing changes, but that is just a guess. This one of the houses along the way down, it was locked up tight but there were active gardens near by and one well fed cat.