Dawn breaks on the final day of 2013…my thoughts reflect through events of the past year…it could have been a better year.
As the early, struggling sun light sparkles through the frost crystals, the New Year brings promise of a brighter future~
I fussed and fussed with this…and I finally have something…I think! Learning a DSLR camera is not that fun at this point, but I’m sure it will get easier as time goes on…and I’m sure there was an easier way to accomplish this than what I did 😉
This is a precious painting of my cow horse Colt by my good friend Kathleen Coy and a vintage Pendleton Round Up scarf given to me by another dear friend. The star of light? Colt IS a star!
The late afternoon shadows from the rim rock are quickly creeping over the alfalfa field, and the wheel line waits patiently for its call to duty in the spring. Our house against the rim rock is in the shadows by 1 PM in the winter time. We’ve had some beautifully sunny days lately…we pray for more snow.
The long awaited day arrived…the pups get new toys for their basket; the toy basket was gettin’ mighty sparse! Rastus is pretty darn happy here! They’re our kids you know!
And, I’m playing with my new “toy”…a new to me (used) Rebel xsi with 4 lenses, tri-pod, macro lenses…etc…I’m now on a huge adventure (with a big learning curve)!
In my book, barn wood is a color 😉 The weathered wood goes hand in hand with the dry high desert winter colors. This is the Pete French Round Barn which is about 10 miles down the road from us. Riddle Mountain is in the background. When visiting the Round Barn, it’s a MUST to see the Visitor’s Center; they have the best gift shop in Harney County!
For a little history…quoting from their website:
“The Pete French round barn is one of the stops on your (Jenkins) tour. It was here that cattle king Pete French trained horses (for driving) during the winter months. The inside of the barn is uniquely made from juniper posts and lumber that was hauled from over 60 miles from the north. The round barn was built in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s, the date is not certain. The barn remains much as it was in Pete French’s day with some minor repairs to the outside and roof. The (Jenkins) family donated the Pete French Round Barn to the state of Oregon in 1969.”
My first attempt at panning…
I started with the dogs, and they wouldn’t run the right direction or angle for me, so I thought I’d cheat and use the round pen and a horse! I have to say, it was a half fail…I never did get a nice, crisp shot of Pierce…the legs were always really fuzzy. I did use the Tv (shutter speed) setting for the first time ever and figured out I had to adjust the ISO (HUGE learning curve for me today). But, it was cloudy and snowy too…I wish there had been sun!
There was one shot that was pretty good, but I chose this shot because Rastus was in there too on the outside of the pen, and even though I chopped off his nose, this photo is more interesting…not to mention Pierce is givin’ a bit of a buck…he was frisky!