Posts tagged ‘horses’

NaPoWriMo #28

gangly and awkward
all legs and joints and angles
first steps so wobbly
with mother’s milk and sunshine
foal is ready to explore

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NaPoWriMo #15

Today’s abhanga is brought to you by the letter F.

fetching Fauna’s favor
fosters fertility
frees from fragility
foals filling fields

Foaling season at the farm begins the first of May.
This photo is from last year’s foaling season:
desirertday1

Cafepress in Green

In October, I realized that I had made enough money playing in cafepress that I could buy three months of a premium store. And, realizing those three months would be the fourth quarter Christmas rush, I jumped on the idea. The difference between the free store and the premium store is the number of items you can offer. The free store allows only one of each kind of item (tee shirt, long sleeve tee, mug, …). The premium store offers all items with as many designs as you want to put on them. The last month has been quite busy with taking and sorting pictures, editing them, adding them to the site and picking the products on which to put them.
I have a hard time finding things to put on some of the color schemes that cafepress offers. I mentioned here my victory in finding something for the hideous yellow tee shirt and messenger bag (hideous mostly because the color comes through whatever artwork you use, not just because I’m not a yellow person).
There is also a green tee shirt that has the same bleed through issue as the yellow. Tonight I found something that I think goes pretty well on it.

Green tee shirt with a foal's silhouette in dark green.

Finally playing with the baby photos

Earlier this summer, I spent a couple afternoons out at Mom’s farm taking pictures of this year’s foals. I finally had a chance to sit down and play with some of the resulting images. There are lots of photos up on Flickr (check the sidebar) and here’s one that I edited for use on Cafepress:

So far, Mom’s my biggest customer, but I’m having fun designing stuff. I think that many of my images are best suited to journals and cards and the like, so I may eventually look into getting a paid account. The free account only lets you make one item of each kind.

Some friends came out to the farm to meet the babies. Here’s one of my favorites from that evening’s photo shoot:
Black Satin Doll makes a new friend

Final Poem for NaPoWriMo

afternoon outing
mares grazing in the pasture
calm, peaceful spring day
only bird song interrupts
sitting on the porch
drowsy in the warm sunshine
watching the horses
as they search for sweet young grass

movement in the field
sliver of white dashing by
ethereal form
playing beside the broodmares
shining in the sun
is this a ghost of foals past
or just an easy birthing

Glory's Filly
Mom let the mares out around 3 in the afternoon. When she looked out around 5, there was a baby running around! So just an easy, unassisted birthing. This is filly number 4.

Appy?

still damp from birthing
foal’s coat embellished with spots
that vanish when dry

The first foal of the season was born last night at Hidden Timber Ranch.

Babe's Filly

I swear I posted this earlier, but now it’s not showing. Could be a sign that it’s past time for bed.