|Mom and me, Christmas 1990, Philadelphia, PA|
27 July 2012
16 July 2012
|Alamo Navajo girl readying her horse for the Old Timers Parade, Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
|Karolyn (at right, on Blue) and her posse, Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
The Valencia County Sheriffs ride every year, nicely attired in a more, shall we say, classic style but with a flash of color that really makes them stand out. They also perform a bit of Western dressage several times along the parade route, much to spectators' delight.
|Valencia County Sheriffs, Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
|Mules at work, Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
|Goliath with two new friends, Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
|Maggie and Dad riding across the rodeo grounds after the parade, Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
15 July 2012
|"Wait for me!" Every year this horse watches the parade go by his home on Kelly Road. Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
Magdalena's Old Timers Reunion has come and gone, and I got to see more of it than usual this year. I'm just starting to go through the photos and will post several entries on the various themes. One pleasant surprise: my pics of the rodeo came out much better than I'd expected, given I was using a fairly inexpensive long lens, handheld. Someday I'll start using my tripod... maybe.
13 July 2012
|Three generations of riders, near Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
|Maggie communing with Goliath before the ride|
"Horses are highly perceptive animals and very emotionally connected to other horses and even humans....
"Horses are so good for personal development because they tend to reflect the emotional state of the human."
(Pat Parelli, in Harnessing the Power of Equine-Assisted Counseling)
|Goliath sidles up to nudge Dad, who usually rides him|
"Horses are incredible
they make us
grow a solid foundation,
and dedicate ourselves to
"Horses have a remarkable ability to help humans regain confidence, freedom, and a sense of security. Through interaction with them we can learn to connect with our natural wisdom and ultimately become better, more emotionally intelligent human beings."
(Vallerie Coleman, in Harnessing the Power of Equine-Assisted Counseling)
08 July 2012
|Bee and wasp on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, near Magdalena, NM, July 2012|
Even a giant tarantula hawk wasp made his way across several flowers, and the other bugs seemed unphased. This stand of flowers seems essentially wild, not connected to any irrigation system or otherwise "artificially" tended, so I've collected a handful of seedpods to sow around the drier edges of my own garden. More pollinators means more fruits and vegetables, after all, and some of these critters are also excellent predators of the various pests currently plaguing my ornamentals and vegetables. Far better to cultivate a balanced mini-ecosystem than to try to poison the pests and end up poisoning the rest of us in the process.
|Tarantula hawk wasp and beetle on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, near Magdalena, NM, July 2012|