The art of falling

My daughter and I always enjoy our trips to the ranch.

Over time, I’ve learnt that…

… Horse breath is made up of fairy dust and velvet;

… Anything can look beautiful in the right light

(Even chin hairs);

… And the art of riding is like life – you have to learn how to fall

And how to jump up, dust yourself off and get back on that horse (or your life).

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92 responses

  1. A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!

    Well, not all of my kingdom (please read the small print.)

    ~The Dippylomat esq.

    small print: one horse = Wales.

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    January 9, 2012 at 16:08

  2. So pretty! I love horses.

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    January 9, 2012 at 16:15

  3. Beautiful…A clean look at the horse with lovely shots!

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    January 9, 2012 at 16:26

  4. quite true….and beautiful shots!

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    January 9, 2012 at 16:33

  5. Beautiful shots!

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    January 9, 2012 at 16:48

  6. Oh boy, is that ever true! Lovely, lovely photos!

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    January 9, 2012 at 16:52

  7. Love the way you captured chin hairs and made them glow in the light. What a great bond to have with your daughter and nature.

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    January 9, 2012 at 17:20

  8. big smiles…i have a kid i work with that being with horses changed him tremendously…so i def believe there is fairy dust there…what a magnificent anmial…

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    January 9, 2012 at 17:38

  9. Ah, I do miss my horses!! I, too, love how you’ve captured the chin hairs and they do glow in the light — just proves that almost everything can have its own beauty in the right light and the right mind! Hope you and your family have a great week!

    Sylvia

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    January 9, 2012 at 17:38

  10. Nice shots Ladyfi! Especially like the top one 🙂

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    January 9, 2012 at 17:46

  11. ~~~~Lady Fi,

    Your posts are so much more than photos.

    They Are Life Lessons filled w/ wisdom & insight.

    I soooo Adore those chin hairs glimmering in the sunlight.

    You. ROCK. x

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    January 9, 2012 at 17:50

  12. those are the loveliest of chin hairs. one of my favorite sounds is the sound of horse breath. I just saw the movie War Horse, and it gave me a greater appreciation for all things horses. happy day to you Fiona.

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    January 9, 2012 at 18:08

  13. TexWisGirl

    lovely!

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    January 9, 2012 at 18:26

  14. I’d never have thought of chin hairs in that light

    Or of the angles that you’ve shot such sights!

    I agree with the others…your posts are more than beautiful!

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    January 9, 2012 at 18:43

  15. Thanks for letting us tag along on your ranch trip LadyFi.

    Great shots.

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    January 9, 2012 at 18:43

  16. Oh that horse breath.. like magic for sure. What a beauty. You captured it so perfectly.

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    January 9, 2012 at 19:03

  17. Riet

    Bautiful horse and photo’s

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    January 9, 2012 at 19:13

  18. Beautiful pictures, I like the light in these photos, excellent.

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    January 9, 2012 at 19:20

  19. Just amazing shots!
    I am a horse lover and now more so after this wonderful post!
    Thank you ! 🙂

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    January 9, 2012 at 20:10

  20. Well – chin hairs might look fine on a horse, but don’t be asking to photograph mine! You’re right about falls – we need to pick ourselves up and move on.

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    January 9, 2012 at 21:03

  21. Beautiful poetry in your words and shots.

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    January 9, 2012 at 21:09

  22. Ha! Love the chin hairs!

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    January 9, 2012 at 21:14

  23. Amy

    So true! Cowboy up!!! Great photos :-)))

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    January 9, 2012 at 21:14

  24. Splendid visuals and equally captivating words..

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    January 9, 2012 at 21:33

  25. Bob

    Horse breath, what a smashing idea.

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    January 9, 2012 at 21:39

  26. I love this!!! “Horse breath is made up of fairy dust and velvet”…

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    January 9, 2012 at 22:31

  27. Your world is always in the right light! Lovely and inspirational as always.

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    January 9, 2012 at 22:34

  28. imac

    Great shots, but cant be as bad as riding a Camel,lol.

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    January 9, 2012 at 22:39

  29. Horse breath looks like human beings’s one.

    There are many things to learn when you fall.

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    January 9, 2012 at 22:43

  30. Delightful images LadyFi. Although it’s been a long time since I’ve been around horses, I can still remember the wonderful, velvety feel of their noses and the comforting sound of their exhaling. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 9, 2012 at 22:45

  31. You were right! That horse’s chin hair was actually beautiful. Leave it to you, to find it!

    You know, every time I come here, I leave feeling just a little bit better. Thanks.

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    January 9, 2012 at 22:54

  32. beautiful horses. the first shot is gorgeous.

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    January 9, 2012 at 23:32

  33. We’re loving the horsey photos!!

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    January 10, 2012 at 00:01

  34. You are the blogging MASTER!

    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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    January 10, 2012 at 00:22

  35. Amazing light you captured here!!!

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    January 10, 2012 at 00:25

  36. You know you captured my heart with this one. There’s nothing softer than a horse’s nose and if you breathe softly into them you’re friends for life. As for falling, I’ve done my share, but it’s never kept me from climbing right back on. I wish I’d had the opportunity to ride when I was your daughter’s age and not had to wait until I was well into my adult years. Now let’s just say I will die with my boots on!

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    January 10, 2012 at 02:20

  37. Oh, these are great. I love those whiskers!

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    January 10, 2012 at 02:42

  38. You’ve done a great job capturing these magnificent animals!

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    January 10, 2012 at 02:42

  39. Thank you.

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    January 10, 2012 at 03:31

  40. These are wonderful pictures. I also didn’t realize how pretty chin hairs could be.

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    January 10, 2012 at 05:25

  41. Wonderful shots. Excellent use of light.

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    January 10, 2012 at 06:12

  42. My chin hairs are not that pretty in the sunlight:)

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    January 10, 2012 at 06:12

  43. So true about “the right light” making most things beautiful. Often the light comes from the heart.

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    January 10, 2012 at 06:45

  44. Very nice set of images!

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    January 10, 2012 at 06:48

  45. Hi Lady Fi …
    how do you take pictures of the horse is very close, felt so much detail, DOF effect is shown also very interesting

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    January 10, 2012 at 08:50

    • I was very close to the horse and also shooting in aperture mode to create a macro effect.

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      January 10, 2012 at 09:11

  46. Delightful photos of these noble animals! I love the way you’ve captured the light.

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    January 10, 2012 at 09:02

  47. beautifully captured!

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    January 10, 2012 at 09:19

  48. I agree with all you’ve said here Fi, but I draw the line at the ‘chin hairs’, someone put that horse in touch with a good waxer haha! Only kidding, gorgeous images, love the fairy breath.

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    January 10, 2012 at 09:21

  49. Very beautiful horse shots in your world ! I love horses, but never dared to sit on one, lol !

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    January 10, 2012 at 09:42

  50. you have to learn how to fall : what a funny coincidence. Today, I locked myself out. In short, I had to climb through my window which is 6 feet high. Got a 3 feet table. then I went in Superman style, and went through, first on the kitchen bench, and landed on the floor head first.

    Great fall to fall, and hurt all over.

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    January 10, 2012 at 10:56

  51. I’ve see horses breathe cold air out their nostrils and thought of dragons. But now that you mention it, it could have been fairy dust and velvet. 🙂

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    January 10, 2012 at 11:46

  52. And a fine mist of horse slobber.

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    January 10, 2012 at 12:08

  53. As you say, backed by golden sunlight, everything looks wonderful!

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    January 10, 2012 at 12:16

  54. Nice captures against sun.

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    January 10, 2012 at 12:56

  55. I miss horses!

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    January 10, 2012 at 13:31

  56. Your gorgeous photos have made me miss riding. Although that may only be because I can’t smell the horse breath from here ;D

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    January 10, 2012 at 13:48

  57. A very great light in your pictures! I have done riding many years ago..:-)

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    January 10, 2012 at 14:06

  58. Jim

    Beautiful creature!
    In the meantime, however, I think I’ll stick with dogs…….the ‘fall’ isn’t as steep.

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    January 10, 2012 at 14:28

  59. Thought views of old friend. 🙂

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    January 10, 2012 at 16:02

  60. Love the first shot and your description!

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    January 10, 2012 at 17:12

  61. Beautiful photos !

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    January 10, 2012 at 18:33

  62. JM

    The top shot is my favourite! I truly like how you cropped it.

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    January 10, 2012 at 20:14

    • I didn’t crop the shot, but deliberately took a close up to see if I could photograph the horse’s breath.

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      January 11, 2012 at 05:59

  63. so agree … anything and everything can be beautiful in the right light!

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    January 10, 2012 at 20:22

  64. Wonderful. Even the chin hairs. 🙂

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    January 10, 2012 at 22:40

  65. Al

    What a beautiful horse! I’ve never had the chance to ride a horse, I don’t think I’ve even been in a carriage pulled by one.

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    January 11, 2012 at 02:03

  66. ds

    Horses are such wise and beautiful creatures. My daughter would agree with you 1000 percent. Me? I’m too scared…

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    January 11, 2012 at 05:44

  67. Oh, such beautiful creature! Love that chin hair!

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    January 11, 2012 at 06:28

  68. horsoon

    Such details, wow!!

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    January 11, 2012 at 06:56

  69. Such details, wow!

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    January 11, 2012 at 06:57

  70. Wonderful set!
    Hope my chin hairs look like that in the beautiful light;o)

    ***
    Happy day****

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    January 11, 2012 at 13:04

  71. I love horses.

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    January 11, 2012 at 13:26

  72. i made my way to a blog that i really love! what powerful shots of horses!

    i love horses, thank you:)

    have a great day!

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    January 11, 2012 at 13:29

  73. Jeanie

    A wonderful way to illustrate a lesson about beauty and life.

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    January 11, 2012 at 14:19

  74. “Fairy dust and velvet”
    What a poetic description!

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    January 11, 2012 at 17:59

  75. These are just beautiful!

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    January 11, 2012 at 18:21

  76. Horse breath, fairy dust and velvet? A truly magic combination! Would be quite wonderful to dust oneself off with such a mixture.

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    January 11, 2012 at 22:05

  77. That’s so comforting about chin hairs! 🙂
    The photos are breathtaking.

    Thanks for visiting!

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    January 12, 2012 at 01:44

  78. That’s an interesting comment defining a horses breath Fi. Not having a horse I couldn’t say. But I admire them as very noble animals – Dave

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    January 12, 2012 at 04:43

  79. I totally agree with your analogy of horse riding. I can almost feel his warm breath from these lovely shots.

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    January 12, 2012 at 05:46

  80. Ladyfi,
    Oh, beautiful horse. I feel as if I could hear his breathing!! Maybe I will learn more from the fall・・・
    Always stunning photos!!
    Best wishes,
    keiko

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    January 12, 2012 at 06:21

  81. Hi Ldyfi! Your words are as poetical as your photos! I always enjoy visiting your blog for it radiates poetry! When I was a child in
    Indonesia, we did some horseriding in the mountains where we lived for a few months. There was no other means of transport there at that moment.

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    January 12, 2012 at 15:52

  82. Oh, I do love those chin hairs!!
    Beautifully seen and captured.

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    January 12, 2012 at 15:59

  83. fantastic shots! I’ve always wanted to have horse since I was a kid.

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    January 12, 2012 at 17:45

  84. I am so bad with names… who is the famous photographer who said, “look for the light, then take the shot”? Anyway, you did that perfectly here.

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    January 12, 2012 at 20:23

  85. so… if I was a horse, my chin hairs would be lovely? 🙂

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    January 13, 2012 at 00:35

  86. So … are you going to publish a book of your photographs soon?

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    January 13, 2012 at 02:05

  87. Yes, and there was that one time when the ambulance had to come after I was bucked off. In life, my friends are the paramedics.

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    January 13, 2012 at 02:48

  88. superb shots!

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    January 14, 2012 at 08:56

  89. LOVE these pics….and the sentiment….

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    January 16, 2012 at 18:07

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