Birthday daze of 2014 has proved once again to never be boring:)
And this says it all to me!
Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time…Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!
04 Sep 2014 13 Comments
Birthday daze of 2014 has proved once again to never be boring:)
And this says it all to me!
04 Aug 2014 26 Comments
Calling Sky Pilot…Weather Alert…Weather Alert…Calling Sky Pilot…Come In Please?
This post is about weather and clouds as we have had very unusual weather here the last few years and some of it has been extreme. This is for my cloud loving subscribers…enjoy and enjoy…as these are only the tip of the iceberg!
The photo above of the clouds was going over the house and my head…I stepped off the patio to shoot it. Kind of a WOWSERS to look up and see this or any of the storms!
This storm showed up around 1:00pm on an afternoon in June with several individual storms….some were dropping…some were rotating and most were quite ominous!
And then there is this…amazing to see thunder heads and clouds of this size with all the varied colors…odd beauty on camera!
I have to include my twist and shout clouds too!
And the rumple bumple clouds…
Uh…welllll…this formation was interesting?
And God came in with His paint brush and fluffed…then stroked the clouds a bit
With Kingdom light and a lot of might!
And with that said God Night…remember He always has the night shift:)
Yee-Ha! Today is the 3rd Anniversary for HRCG!
Thank you to my subscribers and followers….from the ever present writer and newbie photographer who sends you much thankfulness and appreciation for your support!
28 Jul 2014 30 Comments
Summertime…oh sweet summertime! How I love thee, let me count the ways.
My number one love of summer is being outside and enjoying the season. Every evening we are on the patio watching the colors change…drinking in the beautiful summer nights…breathing in the country air while making new memories to add to the days of old.
I love summertime and all that comes with it, hot temps, harvest, dust, lemonade, flowers, and always horses…mix it all together and you have a perfect summer!
Ms. Melody is enjoying the evening out on her pasture for a few hours…I love seeing our horses free and grazing the pasture in their natural state. My Dad had over 25 horses on the cattle ranch that I grew up on…they were working horses as by the week’s end we had each ridden several of them gathering cattle, traveling over 20 to 30 miles in mountainous country so we did not have to worry so much about grass…I worry about my horses today as they do not get the same use and exercise…with horses you always have to be thinking about their health and keeping them safe. We check them everyday making sure all is well…
There is so much natural beauty outside during summertime…but honestly, each season has its own beauty and I enjoy them all!
Beginning with spring, we often have puffy clouds drifting lazily overhead casting shadows on the landscape, while a sapphire blue sky peaks out…click goes my camera!
A summer blessing appeared this year as Dad’s trees are blooming once again:) A few years ago during a record drought, they were dying from lack of rain, while this year they bloomed, bringing back the wonderful sweet smell of the blossoms…they smell absolutely heavenly!
They have become a part of the ranch and have been a constant in my life since I was small…Dad planted them on top of the hill gradually bringing them down to the end of the arena where I practiced barrels and pole bending…and where my Dad would stand patiently timing me and saying “Come on go, hurry, go go go…yah you did it!”
Dad used to team rope and calf rope when I was smaller and I would run the 12 and under barrel races at whatever small rodeo we went to. Mom was long suffering as she was our cheerleader and support! When Dad built the arena, he built it for roping, it was set up and ready to go for calf roping and team roping with friends. Dad’s trees have stood silently by through years of both good and bad times, having weathered life well…while passing the test of time this year, with a re-birthing of new life in their branches:)
Ellie girl is loving summer too as this is her first grown up summer and she is ready for new adventures “Come on Mom, lets go”…she loves exploring on our walks as I look for new photos to capture…she looks for new places to dig holes and explore.
She gave me a perfect Ellie shot…she is so cute how she always has her head down and bottom up when exploring…I love my Ellie girl:)
The last few years we have had odd weather…it has been great for me to capture pictures as I love the ever changing weather for photo ops. In this shot, can you see the eyes or the Zorro mask?
Ominous storm clouds rolling into the canyon, drifting over us…
No make that scary clouds! Hang on Toto as we must be in Kansas!
After the storms, we usually have an awesome rainbow…I love trying to capture the colors as they are full of natural beauty. Our God is an amazing God…He gives us a beautiful world to live in filled with miraculous scenes if we look for them!
And then there is Minnie…our 19 year-old kitty who is exploring summertime green grass…she loves summer too and will sit in the window day and night sleeping against the screen so she can smell the smells, hear the sounds and feel the cool air. This summer I have taken her outside each evening that we are outside so that she can taste the grass, taste the air and breathe deeply all the smells that kitties love.
After 19 years as an inside kitty, she has earned the time to explore the yard…smell the smells and feel the grass under her paws:) I stay close to her and watch over her…once we go back into the house, she sleeps like a very happy and contented kitty girl:) She is precious and all heart, as she lost her vision and hearing a few months ago…yet she is determined to live her life as fully as she always has!
“Mom…what is Minnie doing outside and she’s eating the grass!”
“Mom, tell Tucker to mind her own business…this grass is darn good!”
Surreal light of “magic time” transforms the sky and the landscape with an array of softer, yet vivid, ethereal colors, creating a feel good afterglow…and a peaceful night.
“Mom…seriously, where is the grass? “
To be continued…with a grass-eating kitty and a few horses who wonder where that grass is!
“Did she say grass?”
I’m back after taking some time off…I have missed you all! Thank you for your support and encouragement on this road called photography, writing the story and blogging!
Have A Happy Brand New Week!
30 Mar 2014 8 Comments
Word Of God Speak” By Mercy Me
(If you have this song, be sure to play it with the photos)
14 Mar 2014 41 Comments
Camera times with HRCG can be both a bit country girl crazy, rather adventurous and never a dull moment fun!
I looked out my window on a winter’s day to see incredible light and the sky a blaze in varied colors…I grabbed my camera and out the door I went.
Capturing the sky colors with the surreal light above…with a happy smile of delight on my face.
As I caught the reflection from above in the puddle at my feet:)
Rainbow colors pursued me above…click click click…the light and the colors were etherial as they pulled me into a photo shoot…
Ending with one more of life’s beautiful reflections…in a mud puddle no doubt at my feet:) There is a lesson in that!
And here we go..hang on!
A beauty in a field of dreams…
Doing what I know…
Cowboy son Curt knows too…he’s talking to Annie!
As we learn to communicate with our horses, we can join them in the dance of respect and grace.
Horses have two basic forms of communication–vocal and body language. The more sophisticated of the two by far is body language. With a mere look, a flick of the ears, or a turn of the head, horses can communicate to each other and to us, if we learn to understand their body language.
Annie began to trust her human…she took the first step of the dance. Annie looks at Curt with trust…she submits as she now knows he will not hurt her or harm her…he is now her leader:)
Did I say hang on…I’m shifting gears through the corner and getting it on!
Wild weather and clouds are a daily occurrence here anymore…kind of weird but kinda cool for my camera!
A beautiful field of yellow Canola! When you use Canola Oil next time…think of the close up and personal shot you saw of Canola growing.
A sort of annoyed Minnie:)
Cone Doggie and not too happy! I don’t blame her..my poor Ellie! She was spayed on Wednesday and she has to wear this cone thing to protect her incision from her licking it to death…and she is not happy!
Lola:) My Lola!
Have A Happy Happy Happening Wild Weekend! HRCG Over And Out For Now…But Never For Long:)
25 Feb 2014 24 Comments
in Hot Rod Cowgirl, Lifestyles, My Mom, Photography Tags: Heritage, Holton Secret Lab, Hot Rod Cowgirl, Juniper T Ranch, Landscape, Lifestyles, Mom, Odd beauty, Photography, Ranch House, Sunset, Traditions, Weather, Winter, Writing
Misty memories of my Mom came to me this late afternoon.
I had been in the office all day and as I walked into the kitchen, the view outside my window was full of magic time and late afternoon fog drifting, eddying around the sagebrush across the road towards the creek…and it hit me…all of a sudden I was a young girl getting home from school on the school bus…climbing down the stairs of the bus, I turned and said “Have a good evening Red”…yes my bus driver had red hair and he was called Red by all the locals.
As I looked towards the house, I could see a golden glow of warmth emanating from within. I knew Mom was cooking something special for dinner and she probably had something good for an after school treat!
Mom loved to cook and always had snacks, and good stuff…I hurried up the steps as Mom opened the front door saying “Oh Honey, let me help you with that school bag”…she often had a dress on with her apron and a welcoming hug and smile.
I could smell something sweet and divine…homemade chocolate cake for dinner desert and warm chocolate chip cookies for my snack…all made with Mom’s love:) She usually had our beef in the oven…my favorite was her roast beef with potatoes, gravy and fruit salad! Mom was a loving wife and always a very classy lady. This photo was taken in town at my Grandma’s house on Easter…we had to do photo ops and I wanted to go hunt Easter eggs with my cousins by the dang dozen! I was being a stinker too…and I remember a swift swat on the patoot!
Mom’s life was Dad and me…along with a few cattle dogs, lots of cows and several horses…she taught me so much about marriage by example and living life in a small community. In this photo we had been busy with the photographer all day taking photos of us as my Dad was President of the Pendleton Round Up…he was very deserving and truly the “Cowboy’s President” and we were excited for him and his recognition…but we were all tired!
Once I had explained all the details of my day at school including the bus trip home, I settled in front of the TV and ate my cookies while watching Flicka or Fury or Sky King…now it is my camera that settles me…I love grabbing shots to share:)
And all was well in a simple country girl’s life growing up:)
Have a Wonderfully Wild Weird Wednesday! HRCG Over And Out But…I’m On A Roll With My Camera…I Might Catch Ya! Click Click Click!
23 Feb 2014 18 Comments
Photos of this and that on HRCG is me sorting through over 3000 photos.
Minnie Mouse telling me….”Ahhhh Mom, don’t worry I am with you…I will be your nurse and your heart…I will make you smile as you recover from BC.” And she did:)
Remember you can click on all my pictures and they will enlarge:)
Annie’s time…hooking on with son Curt!
Pat and Jack…
Dasher and Kiah!
My sweet Melody:)
Incredibly quiet and beautiful!
Wishing you a fun-filled week wherever you may be!
Stay tuned as I did not make a dent in the 3000 photos:)