Monday, September 30, 2013

Depression stinks, there, I said it...

..and I know I'm not alone. ((Hugz to all of you who do or did suffer from depression too))


Apparently it snuck up on me over the last few years, so quietly did it settle in my soul that I never saw it coming. All I knew was I felt as if I had fallen in a deep hole and I really didn't care. I felt myself withdraw from my life, my art, my family ...everything that was important to me.

I just didn't care.

 About anything.

At all.

Ah, it makes so much sense now.

When I finally realized I needed help with my symptoms, went to a Dr. (not for depression) but she's the one that figured it out. Hallelujah!  Today I am out of that hole, and finally feeling myself coming alive again. Tried the meds.. no thanks! I've opted for the natural way, sunshine and fresh air instead, camera in hand. So if you wonder why so much photography, well.. because it's what I need at the moment. Getting out makes me feel alive, happy and refreshed.

There is an oil painting on my easel, along with a small piece I'm reworking for the CPSA Explore This! Online Exhibition. I will share as soon as I can. I would love to do some serious plein air this winter, so
 we will see, keep your fingers crossed!

Why am I sharing this? Well... I've been neglecting this blog, among other things for to long. Time to set it right again. Mostly, looking back I wonder how many people I own apologies to, I know I've dropped the ball on a few important things in the last couple three years, and for that I'm truly sorry.

TJ



Summer flowers in northern Arizona









Until next time, Enjoy!







Thursday, September 19, 2013

Good Morning World!

Recently I had a little time to play with my camera and lens flares in the early morning light. This was the first time I've really tried this, it was fun. I know these aren't perfect, so I will have to try it again some time.  








Enjoy!
Tj

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wild Horses of the Heber Wild Horse Territory...

Early this spring I was introduced the the wild horses of the Heber Wild Horse Territory in Northern Arizona. Since I've been spending a lot of time in the area since then, camera in hand, I thought it would be nice to share some images with you. First though, I will share a link to the history of these beautiful animals..

http://conquistadorprogram.org/history_of_the_heber_wild_horses


Their territory which is aprox 20,000 acre, covers much of the same territory the Rodeo-Chediski fire did a few years ago. The forest has come back to life with vegetation and wildlife of all kinds, a true sight to behold.

This first set was captured back in March of 2013, some were shaggier than others but the babies were hitting the ground and how cute are they?

 The young stallion above had the mare and foal below with him..
 The old stallion below only had a mare or two also. 

 The mare and foal above were being herded by the young stallion below,

... the little guy shows a lot of attitude..
 ..the 3 above were being dogged by this stallion!
 The herd below is all one band...















This stallion is a bright sorrel, the only one out there I've seen. Most are palominos, buckskins or blacks. I've more to share soon, until then I hope you enjoyed seeing these horses as much as I did!!

Tj