To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This week

On Monday I gave friend Debbie a dressage lesson. She lives just up the road from the barn and arena where she keeps her horse, so her husband brought over their newest furbaby to visit while I was there. Murphy is a Cairn Terrier, and about as cute as they come!

This handsome boy belongs to the barn owner. I couldn't resist this photo op, and would find it hard to resist the horse himself if he was available and I had room in my barn. Debbie says he's a nice mover to boot, even though he's a halter-bred Quarter horse.

Yesterday afternoon I got an unexpected chance to ride, in unexpectedly nice weather. (I knew today was supposed to be nice, but also knew that getting a ride in today would be impossible.) I took the photo below at the north end of our road (it dead-ends at both ends, intersecting a paved road in the middle).

On the horizon I could see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. My new camera has more zoom power than my previous point-and-shoot digitals, so I decided to see how well I could capture one of them.
Mt. St. Helens: the volcano who blew her top the day I graduated from high school!

Russell seemed to enjoy the weather as much as I did. We won't have many more days like this!


Marie said...

WOW!!! What beautiful views you have! Glad you had wonderful weather to ride.
I will have to keep that camera in mind if mine ever quits. It takes great pictures!

TBDancer said...

Oh, my. I grew up in Burlington, Oregon, a small community on Highway 30, with Mt. St. Helens visible from our front room window. Didn't realize she was so ... flat ... now. Looks like Mr. Rainier, actually ;o)

Gorgeous pictures. I agree with Marie. You take great pictures.

Michelle said...

(blush) Thank-you! If it's not too hazy, I can see the tip of Mt. Rainier from that vantage point as well; and if I look south I can see Mt. Jefferson. A camera can never do our vistas justice!

Theresa said...

Oh my Murphy is a cutie! Cairns are such wonderful dogs and the pups almost irresistible. Great pictures
and what wonderful views.