The grass is always greener on the other side.



I took a drrive on the Camino Abajo, the road below our house, a couple of evenings ago, and ran across this grey beauty who seemed to love posing for me.



Here we go, tipping our toe into the action shots from the Taos Rodeo. These pickup men are responsible for seeing to it that the rider, if he finishes his ride, or is bucked off, is safe and that the saddle bronc is, too. They then see to it that the bronc makes its way safely back out of the arena.



This found still life is part of a collection typical of many homes in the American Southwest.



I took a walk around the Lilac Festival at Kit Carson Park today, and got this portrait of one of the Tio Vivo (lively uncle) Carousel horses that have been thrilling Taos kids for over 75 years!






I don't know how this horse got into the acequia, but he seemed to like it there, so I took a quick snap and went on my way.



CHARRO REINING IN HIS MOUNT / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

A bull comes charging out of the chute, a Charro gallops alongside grabs the tail of the bull, wraps his leg around it, and as he speeds past, flips the bull over onto its back. Speeding across the arena, he reins his horse to a halt, just inches from the wall.

I have many images of the flipping of the bull from previous Charreadas. This trip, having limited myself to photographing with my iPhone, I sought a new perspective. I positioned my self at the wall. Most of the riders veered off to one side or the other, but, occasionnaly, one would gallop directly toward me. Those were the times that made for some interesting images.

I had a good rest today and am almost back to abnormal. It's that old seventeen year old kid inside a ninety four year old body again. I plan on taking it fairly easy for the next four days, after moving to new digs tomorrow smack in the middle of downtown Puerto Vallarta, just a couple of blocks from the Malecón and the blue Pacific. 'Tis the season, and I may even see some whales and their babies.

And no snow!

But now, more resting…

Hasta mañana.






CHARREADA / Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 / ACDSee Pro5

Another shot from the archives on my daily photo blog When a Painter Snaps, which ran from 2010 through 2013. This post appeared on October 29, 2012. Here's what I had to say at the time:

This shot from my visit to the Nacional de Charro in Zacatecas, Mexico, in 2008, is an example of panning. I focused on the foreground horse, and moved along with it as it passed three or four feet in front of me. Having bucked off the Charro who attempted a bareback ride, this yegua is being steered to the exit gate, out of the ring, and back to the yeguada.

A big Thank You to all you wonderful friends and family members who wished us a Happy New Year and a Happy 27th Anniversary. Thea and I thoroughly enjoyed going over them together.

Today, we were paid a surprise visit by the Comanches! More on that tomorrow. With pictures.


Hasta mañana.



SKULL OF A YOUNG HORSE / PhotoForge2 / iPhone 4s / 100 Cameras in One / Photo Toaster

Here's one from the archives. Having computer problems tonight, so this will be a short message.

Hasta Mañana