The Two Hours Drives – Part 2: The Cabin and The horses

I still have a number of shots from last weekend’s Two 2-Hours Drives.  And first up is the abandoned house; it’s the same I had photographed during the first drive of the year, but this was in decent light, and the sun low enough to make it interesting.

I like abandoned structures
I like abandoned structures

It’s on private land, so I can only get so close.  I-25 is right behind it, so I have to time my shots for when no cars are showing.  Kind of difficult to do because I-25 is usually busy.

I think the haouse, or cabin, has lots to tell . . .
I think the house, or cabin, has lots to tell . . .

. . . like the standing nails speak of shingles long ago blown off by passing winds.

You can't see the nails from the road . . .
You can’t see the nails from the road . . .

 Missing windows and falling siding speak to harsh winters, hailstorms, and more wind.

This used to be a home . . . shelter for a family, someone's castle in the plains.
This used to be a home . . . shelter for a family, someone’s castle in the plains.
Eiter a stove or freezer holds a silent vigil . . .
Either a stove or freezer holds a silent vigil . . .

It looks as if some appliances are still in there.  I don’t know the story of the place, but either the owners sold to the people who build a newer home on the property, or this structure outlived its usefulness to the owners, and they built a replacement in the same plot of land.

I wonder if the old cabin resents being cast aside, or is instead happy the family that used it found another shelter from the storms and elements?  The same storms and elements that are even now ravaging its outer shell.

Yes, I know structures don’t “feel” . . . but there is a certain whimsy associated with looking at this once proud abode now struggling to remain relevant. 

I wonder if it realizes the importance it holds to people like me.  People who want to document and showcase the scars of its many battles against the elements. 

But no . . . it’s just a collection of wood and iron.  But it’s a collection that would look a lot better over at SmugMug.  Only six photos for this cabin, and they can be found here:

SmugMug Album – The Cabin.

You have to admit, that was a decent segue.

Along the same drive I had the opportunity to photograph horses.  The first batch was along Spruce Mountain Road.  I have seen these horses many times, but this time they were withing a reasonable distance from the road. 

I like the coloring of this horse, the mane, and the furry shins . . . almost like bell-bottoms.
I like the coloring of this horse, the mane, and the furry shins . . . almost like bell-bottoms.

Unfortunately, this is one of those times where the transition from my drive to WordPress takes something away from the photograph.  Once again, like a broken record, I suggest SmugMug is the place to view these picture.

Another nice-looking horse, but I can easily see its ribs . . . I might have to report this.
Another nice-looking horse, but I can easily see its ribs . . . I might have to report this.

I am no expert on horses, and I will have to ask, but these horses have visible and defined ribs showing.  I always thought that was an indication of malnutrition.  I’ll have to ask friends who own horses.

I also need to be honest, and come clean . . .  I did something I rarely do; I edited the pictures. I removed a crap-load. Actually, a number of crap-loads. These horses are in a small area, and there is lots and lots of evidence of their bowel movements. 

Don’t normally like to alter what I shoot, but it was really detracting from the pictures.

Prairie Pals
Prairie Pals

These guys, on the other hand, were on a large pasture. I drove by them and noticed quite the active interaction between them.

I know horse nip at each other for various reasons, but these guys looked like they were playing.
I know horse nip at each other for various reasons, but these guys looked like they were playing.

They noticed me shooting (I was out of the car), and started walking toward me.  I should mention they are not the best of subjects to shoot because of the dark color of one, and the light color of the other . . . and of course all the snow around them.

Coming to take a closer look at the jerk with a camera
Coming to take a closer look at the jerk with a camera

Along the way they got sidetracked . . . 

Honest, I don't like to assign human qualities to animals, but these guys looked and behaved like pals . . .
Honest, I don’t like to assign human qualities to animals, but these guys looked and behaved like pals . . .

They did not really talk . . . but seemed to be communicating in some way. By the way, I left this next photo in even knowing the focus is off (but look at the grass behind them!! Sharp as a tack) because of the “action”  between them.

You would think I would have shot a video, and I would have had I not remembered fully two days later.  Too bad.

"Who you calling little?!?!"
“Who you calling little?!?!”
Mostly they seems to want to be near each other.
Mostly they seems to want to be near each other.

By the way, the annoying thing with this post? . . . WordPress changed the colors of the pictures on me; made them flat, unattractive, boring.  These same pictures looked a lot better on my monitor before they were uploaded. One of these days I will figure out what triggers it, for I see other people’s pictures, and they do not seem to have lost anything.  Then again, I don’t know what they looked like before they uploaded them.

Of course, they look even better in SmugMug.  See how cleverly I worked that in there?  Click on any of them, and you will see what you are missing.  BUT, I don’t want to force you . . . if you are happy with these, and are not interested in the 32 photos in SmugMug, then more power to you . . . I don’t understand you, but more power to you.

Eventually they made it to the fence, and I got a few shots . . . unfortunately, the little guy was too short to clear the fence and give me a clean shot.  Still, not bad.
Eventually they made it to the fence, and I got a few shots . . . unfortunately, the little guy was too short to clear the fence and give me a clean shot. Still, not bad.
The big guy is not bad looking either . . .
The big guy is not bad looking either . . .

After realizing I would not interact with them, they went off grazing.  This time the light was behind me as I took a number of shots of the little guy.  And no, I did not have to edit out any crap.

. . . he needs a haircut . . .
. . . he needs a haircut . . .

There are a number of shots of just the little guy.  I was going to weed them out for the gallery, but decided to leave them in there since I liked them all.

I like these shots because of the detail of the mane being tossled by the breeze
I like these shots because of the detail of the mane being tousled by the breeze

I should look up what kind of miniature horse this is, but sometime I just want the picture memory without saddling it (get it? . . . saddling it . . . never mind) with superfluous information.

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12 Responses to The Two Hours Drives – Part 2: The Cabin and The horses

  1. Wow, such beautiful photos! I am a WordPress photographer as well, so I love when I see posts like this. Great job, and keep it up!

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  2. Loved your ramblings . . . and the way your photos brought your words to life! Now over to your SugMug Album!

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  3. bluelyon says:

    WordPress “crunches” the photos. I feel your pain. Look at the difference between this post’s photo, and how it looks at my Flickr account. World of difference!

    Love these photos. Off to SmugMug to see them in all their glory.

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    • disperser says:

      I typically resize them myself to fit in the blog post without being modified by WordPress, but I tried different color spaces, no color space, and punching up the ones for the blog.

      None of it seems to matter. In all fairness, if I did not know any better (like when I look at other people’s photos), I would just accept them as they are, and like I said, I look at other people’s photos, and they seem fine to me.

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  4. Shannon says:

    Love your photos as always. On the ribs horse- he looks alright. Wintertime means less food of course, and the fact that his head is going down is exacerbating the line of his ribs. Granted I didn’t see him moving around, but based on the one photo he’s probably doing alright. Judging by the color on his face and the dip in his back, he looks like an older gentleman anyway. The older a horse gets, the harder to keep the weight on. His fellow look alright as well. Usually, if one is starving, they’re all starving, but the others look plump. When my horse was in Colorado, no matter how much we fed him he was always on the skinny side. The horse in the first photograph looks fine. On hardkeepers, it’s not usual to glimpse their ribs…like skinny people. You can see the hint of their ribs under their skin. The second one I would really say that his condition is due to age, winter, and the fact that he lives outside. He has a swayback and big belly hanging down.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks for the feedback; I see a lot of horses here (as you well know), and these have more prominent rib features than I’ve noticed on other horses.

      My mind is at ease, and I won’t have to go and bitch-at-and-curse-out the owners for neglect.

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  5. A wonderful post. I was really reassured by Shannon’s comments, since I, too, was worried by those ribs…. I love to see the interaction between “The Big Guy” and “The Little Guy.” I’ll check out your other photos on Smug Mug.

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  6. Enjoyed your post of today…as always with such beautiful pictures… !

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    Well, I’m duly impressed . . . not just with the great shots of these two horsing around, but with your clever reminders to check out SmugMug. Smooth!

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  8. Luisella says:

    What a cutie that little guy is. The cabin shots are great too!

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