Yesterday, when I woke up I say snowflakes pouring down. Wasn’t supposed to be happening, yet. So I hauled on the long underwear and went out to shoot in the snow, a favorite time for me to shoot despite the fact I hate it when it’s this cold. Think metal camera body and bare fingers brrrr; like Flick getting his tongue stuck on the flagpole in a Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd. But I digress.
Got to the barn and the geldings had already been turned out. Bored already, some were galloping around chasing each other, some were biting at each other in play and others were just huddling back-ends to the weather side. The main pasture has no natural shelter nor any manmade run in sheds so the ‘boys’ rough it for a few hours each day while the barn is mucked, bedding freshened, etc. before it’s time to come in for a midday feed and then be readied for afternoon lessons. The mares are being turned out in the lower paddocks, along side the private turnouts for boarders. I found this clever fellow back-end to the weather in the lea of a turn out shed, just chillin’ (excuse the pun .) We hung out for awhile, he snuffling me and my camera and wondering why in the world I was out in the cold, sitting in the snow and clicking away.
As I write more snow is falling, this is the big one, or should I say another Big One, and this is only January; the real snows of February are waiting in the wings. So stay warm my friends, enjoy the snow and all the true wonders of winter.
PS – I just checked the NOAA forecast for my area and there are snowflakes on everyday through Saturday! Battened down the hatches and fire up the hot toddies!