Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fire Dancing...

Life on the ranch has been crazy these last few weeks.  I haven't been able to really go out and explore much because of it.  During the few months prior we have had sightings of a mountain lion roaming the property.  Their territory is pretty large, upwards of three hundred square miles, I believe, but this one lone cat has decided that the ranch would be the perfect place to raise her cub.  Typically lions do not share territory with the exception of their young, so when we see the prints all over the ranch we know it's her.

About three weeks ago my family's mule, Jake, was attacked and killed by the lion.  He was over 30 years old and had been a constant figure on the ranch for many of those years.  Since losing Jake it has been a flurry of activity with the federal trapper attempting to capture the lion and decide what they believe will be the best way of handling the situation.  Thus far their trials have been worthless and we continue to see new tracks.  Although no new attacks have been reported, she has still attacked numerous times in the past so we are all taking extreme caution and avoiding any unnecessary wandering.

So I have been mainly homebound these last couple of weeks.  Catching up on work and photographing a lot of holiday pictures as well as a few weddings.  Last weekend I shot solo at a wedding that featured fire dancers.  It was one of the most awe inspiring performances I have ever seen!  It was such a challenge trying to photograph such an event.  I have never photographed fire dancers before and I kept trying to find that perfect exposure to allow the true feeling of the dances to come alive.  In the beginning, some of the images didn't quite stack up but by the end I was feeling comfortable and confident.  I love being able to look back and enjoy the show again and again!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ugly Christmas Sweaters & Colder Weather...

It's snowing!  It always feels like we barely see fall before winter is in full storm.   We don't tend to see a lot of snow on the ranch but last night we got about six inches which is the perfect amount for a snow day.  Kenai has never seen snow.  He's just about five months old and being a summer baby this is a brand new experience for him.  I thought that he would be a little hesitant about it, as his confidence is still that of a puppy, but the minute we opened the door 'Mani tore out into the familiar fluff with Kenai right on his heels.  

He is so in love with the stuff and it was so funny to watch him tear through it with 'Mani jumping from patch to patch trying his best to keep up.   I kept making snowballs and throwing them out into the powder knowing Kenai would spend at least five minutes attempting to locate them amongst the sea of white.  Poor guy never did find any off them, but he seemed to enjoy using his nose to try!  I cannot believe how big he is already getting either!  I would guess to say he is about 60-70 pounds at this point and he already stands almost as tall as CR when on his back legs.  

Incase you were wondering where I got my awesome ugly t-shirt sweater it's from Skip 'N Whistle and it's part of their holiday line.  They have everything from uincorns to kitties on their shirts which is such a fun twist on the classic ugly Christmas sweater!  I had to have the dino one because nothing says Christmas quite like dinosaurs!  My jeans are from ModCoth and my marshmallow boots are so old they probably don't even make them anymore.  I sure do love those ugly things!  

Anyone else getting lots of snow yet?

Shirt: c/o Skip 'N Whistle  //  Jeans: ModCloth  //  Boots: Really Old

If you must have your own ugly Christmas sweater use code "SANTA" for 20% off!

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