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“Dreaming, I’m always dreaming, …” so goes the opening line to the lyrics of “Dreaming” by the Cascades (it’s a decades old song). Ever since I was a shy little kid in school, I’ve always been a day dreamer. I day dream much less now than I did then, but it’s still a part of me. My day dreams have grown up, or at least partially, and are spurred on by any number of creative pursuits. As many of you know I’ve been a horse crazy gal all my life, lived with horses for decades, and even earned a living from them for a few years. Horses remain one of my favourite subjects for photography but I don’t get much opportunity anymore — that’s a bit of a dream.


When I opened one of my newsletters this week, my day dreaming radar went on high alert. The Equine Photographer’s Network had an advertisement for Tony Stromberg’s equine photography workshops and wow would I love to attend one of those. So now here come the blips in that daydream: there is a significant cash layout required and since I’m not selling my work who could justify thousands of dollars for a week’s “vacation”? … or how about the fact that the best zoom lens I own is a 300 mm so that definitely won’t cut it, especially when I see the photographs from previous sessions where the attendees have zoom lenses longer than their arms for pity’s sake! Those two reasons would be enough to snuff any daydream.

Time to find something else to daydream about.

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PS: I’ve signed up to participate in Liberate your Art Postcard Swap 2013. If you make art you should participate too. Here is a link to Kat’s how-to for making your own postcards. I already ordered a new set from Moo (again) — if you want to try Moo out, and I highly recommend them, click here to get a 10% discount for your first order with them — you will be amazed at the high quality results.

PPS: I’m so passionate about this so, just in case you missed it, see why I thinkย Printed Photographs are a Gift.

triple PS: are you sick of them yet? … Today I am grateful for: 1) living where I do; 2) being healthy enough to enjoy an active lifestyle; 3) the scent of sea air.


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Barb - February 1, 2013 - 1:42 pm

What a beautiful image! I’m intrigued by the birds up in the corner…

Candace - February 1, 2013 - 6:52 pm

I agree with Barb, those birds really add something. I signed up for that swap, too, I was in it last year. I used to do mailart so it reminded me of the good old days. I might use moo this year, too. Last year, I got postcard backing for my photos but all the ones I received were more professional looking.

Gabriele - February 2, 2013 - 7:16 am

This is the first horse I’ve seen in your art. I like the neutral colors of the composition. They make the image feel soothing. Three thumbs up! Wait I don’t have three thumbs.

Frida - February 2, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Such a wonderfully beautiful horse and image.

Susan - February 3, 2013 - 10:45 am

He’s a beauty! Lovely tones and textures here…and yes, those birds in the upper corner are a nice addition!

Carola Bartz - February 3, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Diane – what a lovely photo! I can understand though that a few thousand bucks for this workshop is a bit much, and all that fancy equipment gets a little bit intimidating.
Thank you for your nice comment on my flickr book photo – my mom and I used to share books and talks about them as well. And I also miss that. But exactly as you said – I miss her more.

Sherry Galey - February 4, 2013 - 8:48 am

You do have a wonderful knack for capturing gorgeous creatures, Diane. This is just fabulous. I do understand your feelings about the workshop. I have seen a few of that type that I dream of going to as well, but I just bought a bunch of new camera equipment so that won’t happen this year…but I’m keeping positive that I will be able to swing it at some point in the future…maybe you will too!

Kelly @ JAX does design - February 5, 2013 - 12:59 pm

I love horses too ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve taken some amazing horse photos – are you SURE you don’t want to attend the workshop? You only live once, and you don’t want to have any regrets! Sometimes the things that seem the craziest to do turn out to be the best things to do ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for sharing info on the Liberate Your Art postcard swap. I’m going to do it ๐Ÿ™‚

Shirley LeMay - February 5, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Love the horse, Diane. I feel so fortunate to have access to them – they are special animals.
I shouldn’t have clicked on the link to the equine workshops. Wow, the one in France just sounds like a dream….
I think I will sign up for the art postcard swap! Thanks for the nudge.

lisa - February 19, 2013 - 4:40 am

Such a magnificent creature, and a truly beautiful portrait.

P.S. Clicked on a link in Flickr and found you here, also. So glad I did!!