SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 061

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s stroll on memory lane continues the recap of my two-hour drives.

The photos are from THIS, and THIS Galleries and are documented in THIS post. That post is the second of four posts documenting said Two-hour Drives, occasions when I went for a drive specifically with the purpose of taking photos. Colorado was a great place for such drives because most of the roads I drove on were well-suited for stopping and taking photos. Here, in Illinois, not so much.

Or, perhaps, I just don’t have the eye for vast corn and soybean fields.

Anyway, the first gallery is again small . . . six photos of an abandoned cabin.

This particular cabin wasn’t too far from where we lived.

It offered decent textures and contrast to the snow.

I would have loved to go in there, but it was on private land. I suppose I could have asked, but that involves interaction with people. I almost asked anyway because I could see what I think is a freezer through one of the windows, and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat to discover Jimmy Hoffa stashed in there?” I bet I could have sold that photo for some serious coin.

The next gallery is all about horses. Lots of horses in Colorado.

While offering photo ops, when we first moved to the Colorado Springs area, it was a source of frustration during our search for a house.

You see, we saw a number of houses in lots we were interested in, and they came horse barns . . . nice, state-of-the-art late model barns. Unfortunately, the houses they came with had been neglected, presumably in favor of providing horses with a nice barn. Eventually, we ended up buying in a subdivision . . . with neighbors.

I made a comment on the post regarding that horse. Specifically about the visible ribs, and I wondered if it wasn’t doing too good. I was assured that horse was well-taken care of and healthy, and so was his companion.

Those photos were an example of me editing some details out of the photos . . . crappy details, as in piles of horse droppings. Fortunately, the terrain made it easy to clone one area over another without altering the overall look of the photo; it just made the photos less crappy.

Most of the photos in the gallery are about these two friends . . .

Make no mistake, they were friends. They interacted and chased each other and nuzzled as good friends are wont to do . . . at least when they are horses.

Kind of an odd couple, but cute.

When they noticed my camera and lens combination, they sauntered over to take a closer look (probably mistaking the setup as high-end gear and me as a professional).

I think this is where the larger horse told the smaller horse that it was just a Disperser and not worth bothering with.

Or, they wanted me to come to the fence, and when I didn’t, they lost interest.

I’ll include the slideshow for the first gallery, but it’s only six photos. The second gallery is a bit longer, but most of the photos are of the two pals

Note: the transition is set to 4sec to read the caption, but if still too fast, move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. It will make it easier to read the captions.

I highly suggest watching the slideshow in full-screen mode, but that’s just me.

You’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug if you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the Two 2-hour Drives – Feb. 2012 – The Cabin Gallery — (6 photos)

Slideshow of the Two 2-hour Drives – Feb. 2012 – Horses Gallery — (38 photos)

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