Peonies get their name for the Greek word Paeon. There are several stories behind the meaning but I like the idea that they stand for honor, beauty and love. I have a long background in garden design and tend a large perennial garden, the best part of our season is when the peopnies bloom!
Mahpiya means sky clouds and heavens in the Lakota language. This wild horse had such a gentle spirit perched high in the hills on a long foggy day of shooting, I like that he holds the gentle expression one might be drawn to horses for. Curious and strong embodying the qualities that draw humans in. The only way to be with a horse is to be present, they demand that of us. It is a place like no other for me.
I have an affinity for the abstract and for water, having grown up in, on and beside a large lake in Minnesota. I constantly add to my abstract series as a way to document my travels. I always remember where I have been by the abstractions I create there. This one happens to be in Nice, France when I was near there on a shooting trip in the Camargue region.
Seeking Solace II. This image was taken at a wild horse sanctuary depicting two stallions clearly communicating in the silent world that only animals understand. So much emotion is held in this image. Having lived in the wild somewhere, rounded up and now living here. It is a solution for now and they are as 'free' as they can be. These two were clearly close friends. Perhaps they were rounded up together or are from the same family. These horses touch my soul and I am in my happy place when I am out photographing them.
A beautiful mane on a wild horse on a recent shooting trip to the beautiful Sandwash basin in North Western Colorado. I can't resist the sensual curves and textures mimicking the wild landscape. Part of my 'Horse as Landscape Series'.
From a series created in Italy. This stallion was injured and was on stall rest but he was able to come out and show his beautiful mane off. Three generations came out of the Italian farm house to tend to the unbraiding, a lovely scene. I broke this down as the textures were speaking to me.
Another Italian stallion broken down to show movement texture and line.