HAPPY TRAILS BLOG

Monday, September 28, 2009

Shawn and Tami

This is going to be an interesting story.

Tami was one of the first people I met when we relocated back to New Mexico. The photo above is of her and her beau, Shawn. I thought it was adorable.

Tami and I stabled our horses together for a couple years and hit the trails quite often. I rode with her on her first endurance ride near Socorro, NM a couple years ago. Come to think of it, she hasn't done an endurance ride since, so I may have completely run her off! Usually people don't understand why we ride so far anyway...for FUN??

We thought getting photos of her mare, Cassie, in the creek that they often ride in would be a great idea...until one of the local neighbors stumbled down the hill towards the creek yelling at us to get off his land (I'm pretty sure he had been drinking!)

We all looked at each other...hmmm...what to do? Naturally, neither the creek nor the public road we were parked on technically belonged to him, but we weren't going to argue. So, I quickly shot a couple photos of Cassie playing in the water (shadows and all) and we relocated!

This is Miss Cassie and Tami with the gorgeous mountains in the background. I know...it's tough to live here and ride all these trails, but somebody's got to do it!

Blessings, Linda

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'll Fly Away...

Today was the first day of the White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational. Those magnificent folks and their flying machines...err...balloons! They were so colorful and fun to photograph. Or were, until the sun left shortly after arriving this morning. I got a few shots during the 15 minutes or so of great sunshine before the balloons were swallowed by way too much light.


Watching them get ready to inflate was fascinating. They just kind of "stood up" and shortly thereafter, were in the air...




This one was hilarious...loved the cactus balloon. I looked behind me where moments before, there had been nothing and saw this! Too cute!



This photo just reminded me of the song "I'll Fly Away"...then the song was stuck in my head all day long!

Tomorrow, the balloons that flew over Alamogordo will fly over White Sands National Monument and the ones that were at the Monument today will fly over Alamogordo. The kids at the park in town this morning were on Cloud 9 (no pun intended) watching all these balloons. What a great Saturday morning!

Until next time...Linda

Monday, September 14, 2009

For Those I Miss...

I don't think many words are necessary for today's blog.

My friend Gwynn, who is in Japan, stationed with her husband and family with the US Air Force, wanted photos of her beloved animals. This photo is her wonderful guy Lucky, with Yvonne, a friend who helps out with their care, along with Gwynn's parents.

I feel so honored and privileged to have been asked to be their photographer...as a veteran myself, I understand the feelings involved with leaving your animals behind when you have to go...I hope in some small way, I've helped to make you feel a little closer.




This is Yeager, the magnificent. He is so big and brave, and hates to sit still. He was playing with my husband Jim (photography assistant extraordinaire) and got so carried away that sitting still for photos just became plain silly!

Until next time.... Linda

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Laughing Sheep Farm ~ Lincoln, New Mexico

I had the pleasure on Monday to make a return trip to Laughing Sheep Farm just outside of Lincoln, New Mexico, to take photographs for their new brochure. It was so beautiful and serene. Upon our arrival, it was raining, but as we toured the entire farm, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Absolutely gorgeous!

The pigs came out and joined us as we toured the farm in Sally's golf cart. They seemed to be insisting that they be included in the brochure as well!

The orchard was dripping with purple! I felt like coloring!

The sheep are looking great and were happy to have new visitors, I think. Two lambs came out and entertained us for a while in the barn ~

Here's the new miniature burro, born about a month ago. So cute and personable! He followed us around in the golf cart to make sure we had really stunning photos of HIM!

I loved this photo of the flowers and the chicken. Do the colors clash?

Oops...accidently added in this photo again. It's ok...it's my favorite from the whole afternoon!

Laughing Sheep Farm also has a restaurant which serves grass fed beef, bison, chicken, lamb and assorted other delicacies, depending on that day's menu. If you haven't indulged and eaten there yet, you are really missing a treat! Don't forget to ask for some Tequila Cantaloupe Lime Sauce to take home with you. Once you've tried it, it'll be a staple in your kitchen too!

Call ahead for directions and hours at the restaurant if you'd like (575) 653-4041, or check them out on the web www.laughingsheepfarm.com

Sally and the gang will certainly make you feel right at home!

Blessings, Linda

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Endurance News Magazine Cover and Pure Joy!


Most of my photographer friends don't understand why I get so excited when I have an opportunity to provide a photo (then have it selected) for the cover of Endurance News Magazine.
After all, no money is deposited into my bank account...contributions to the magazine are done for free. I compete in endurance riding, so I suppose it's obvious. I love to give back to the sport. I was pretty jazzed when I saw this photo from Day 1 of the Fort Stanton Pioneer Endurance Rides in July. Hannah is so cute, her horse is wearing his necklace and life is good.
She is experiencing the pure joy of just riding her horse. I had the pleasure of talking with Hannah during the ride week and she is quite the young lady...I have another photo of her playing in a water tank (see previous post from July) with her friends in ride camp, one night after they had all competed.

Speaking of pure joy, earlier this year I noticed I just didn't have the same excitement towards booking photography work. Instead, I felt I was being led to go back to the basics of photography, and why I started it to begin with. I purchased a new laptop, upgraded my photography editing software and have now attended two photography workshops this year. During the workshop in May, it all became clear. I needed to go back to the beginning to remember why I started taking pictures to begin with...and the joy of showing an owner a photo of their horse, or dog, or child that literally takes their breath away. I've learned so much about myself and my photography in these two workshops. It's ALWAYS supposed to be about the pure joy...like Hannah riding her horse!