☆ February 19, 2011

tank top ride 1

The other day it was beautifully sunny,

beautifully windless.

I went on a ride.

tank top ride 2

I peeled off my layers,

down to my tank top and gloves,

and rode with the sun on my arms,

the breeze against my shoulders.

tank top ride ranger

I love this horse.


30 Responses to “Sunsprite”

  1. catherine
    February 19th, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    I MISS WYOMING. I MISS IT SO MUCH ! What is it about that area that makes me feel at peace completely…I could just sit there and watch the sky and red dirt for days…. OT, Svensto has been busy. She is the greatest !

  2. Barbara
    February 19th, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Re last (horse) photo:
    Beauty just had its picture taken!

  3. Janey
    February 19th, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    What a beautiful photo of Ranger (it’s Ranger, right?)! What a great day!

  4. Karzie
    February 19th, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    I always enjoy the view from your “Ranger Rides”..It feels like I’m riding up there too. Nice horse eye…:>)

  5. Dana
    February 19th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I miss having a horse. I loved going for long horse rides, just me and my mare. I loved the sounds her hooves made, the horsy smell. I had to get rid of her when me and my husband married since having a horse is a little inconvient when you are in the military. She died of old age in a friend’s pasture. I will always miss her and she took with her part of my heart and many many secrets.

  6. Maggie
    February 19th, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    So beautiful, all of it.

  7. Rita
    February 19th, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I could “hear” you say that last comment. Every day, at some point, I look my golden retriever in the eyes, and sort of sigh, “I love this dog.”

  8. jennie
    February 19th, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    I SO love your riding descriptives. Makes my heart ache…in a good way.

  9. ilana
    February 19th, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    i love the pictures you take from between his ears, makes me miss riding!

  10. sue
    February 19th, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    thank you. I keep writing and erasing words, so I’ll stick with thank you.

  11. Deanna
    February 19th, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    This just transported me out of the cold (and now dark) Northeast. Bliss.

  12. Keith
    February 19th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    How old is Ranger? (Those pictures are beautiful and poignant.) Sure hope you don’t have to use those spurs much.

  13. Patr
    February 19th, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I love Ranger’s ears.

  14. Meg A.
    February 19th, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    I love your posts about riding…they are always so beautiful! And I love the picture of Ranger, may I borrow him for a day? :o)

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Laura47
    February 20th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    You have such a remarkable ability to share so much with just a few words and photos — I can feel the sun, hear Ranger’s hooves, see the space around you. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful momentary entree into your world!

  16. Jenny C
    February 20th, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Oh to feel the contours of his face with the palm of my hand… and offer an apple in the palm of the other.

  17. Farmer Lady
    February 20th, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Do Charlie and Chloe go on the horse rides with you?

    When I go with my buddy, she takes her huge dog who is great at getting the cars to slow down if a horse is getting nervous when we ride on the dike roads. He just stands in the middle of the road and stares at the car driver until they slow down to the speed the dog thinks is OK. Then the dog will walk to the side of the road and continue the ride. If the horse isn’t having any issues, the dog stays to the side of the road.

  18. Lesley
    February 20th, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I gaze at Ranger’s eye and see a sensitive soul.

  19. Micaela Morris
    February 20th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Just be sure to savor every moment of your life as you live it…..this may be the very best time! The song “The Best of Times Is Now” is no joke!

  20. Lynne
    February 20th, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    Love these photos~Ranger has such a pensive look.

  21. carmel
    February 20th, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    Aww the window to the soul…

  22. CeeJay
    February 21st, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    What a beautiful day! I love the west. And is it possible to love an animal? Totally, completely.

  23. Monica
    February 21st, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Have you read Ivan Doig’s “This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind”?

  24. Kim
    February 21st, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    I bet Ranger loves you more……

  25. Coral
    February 22nd, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Ok I have a question about Ranger. When you first got him, did you guys get in sync immediately, or was it kind of a learning curve? I bought a horse at the beginning of the year, and there has definitely been a learning curve. We are finally starting to get in sync, but it’s baby steps. And if you in Ranger DID get in sync immediately, do you think it was just a perfect choice of horse, or more your experience with horses?

  26. catherine
    February 24th, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Completely OT, Anthropology is way too expensive, so is Jcrew, they just copy old American classics and jack up the price to the sky ! Highway robbery it is. Svensto has a great project in mind, she is so great !

  27. Terry
    February 25th, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    The scenery and the horse priceless!

  28. Deanna
    February 25th, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Micaela, makes me think also of Van Morrison’s “These Are The Days”…there is no past, only future.

  29. mlaiuppa
    February 28th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Congratulations to proud papa Sir Baby and his first wife.

  30. Celina
    March 7th, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    I don’t have a horse but am surrounded by them where I live. I love your horse pic. Makes me want to kiss his eye! : )

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