Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Thanksgiving Fun

Here is our annual group Thanksgiving Photo taken in Fredericksburg. It seems the yard turkey snuck into the photo when no one was looking.

I have photographed this Agave plant before. It is one of the largest I have ever seen. I converted this one to B&W from an original low contrast color photo taken on a gray Thanksgiving Day.

It is fall and nothing is more fun than running through large piles of leaves.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving in Fredericksburg

I have returned from Thanksgiving in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was pretty much an overcast and very cool weekend, but Thanksgiving day was dry and lots of outdoor fun was had. I have posted two galleries of photos, The First Gallery includes photos of all of our Thanksgiving activities, including Archery, Horseshoe Tossing, and enjoying an fire. The Second Gallery includes photos I took in Fredericksburg during walks to town.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Texas Cutting Futurity - Finals Day

Sunday was Finals Day at the Texas Cutting Futurity in Waco, Texas. This Photo shows John Mitchell discussing with his help, his cattle picking plans. Experienced Cutters go into the cutting pen with a strategy for picking their cows, based on study of the herd as they are settled, and as other cutters before them chose and cut the cattle.You will most always find the cutters with a pad and pen writing descriptions of the cows based on their color and markings.
John went back to the starting point at the back of the pen and began his quiet approach to the herd, walking into the herd and gently pushing the cows out and letting them fall back until only his pick was left. Then the cutting begins as the first cow is cut. This photo shows the intensity of the horse and rider in this cut. The cow is to the left and out of the view in this photo. and the cutter is between the cow and the herd.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Texas Cutting Futurity - Power Cutting

I have been photographing Cutting Horse Shows for 12 years and rarely have an opportunity to photograph a horse showing this much power, and when I do they are almost always in the Will Rogers Coliseum. Although Pepto Cays Surprise missed the finals by one half point, you would not know it by seeing these images. In this photo Pepto Cays Surprise is being shown in the 2nd go of the 5/6 year-old open class by Terry Clifford and is owned by John and Connie Jones of Burleson, TX.