This gallery includes a variety of photos: the horses of Murphy Creek, horse racing at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and horse head fiddle heads from Mongolia.
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My friend, Mary, lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills above Lodi, where she keeps a large group of horses and two very active Labrador Retrievers. Ollie, my sweet little Corgi, and I visit frequently to enjoy the open spaces, watch the dogs romp, photograph the horses and enjoy fabulous meals prepared by Dean. As the "official Murphy Creek photographer" it's been great fun photographing a multi-year succession of foals, weanlings, yearlings and adults, as well as lovely landscapes.
The foals are like little clowns and are so fun to watch and photograph, although their curiosity is a challenge sometimes. Lenses are to lick and they are frequently march right up to me as I am attempting to take a photo. The photo of sweet little Norbie snatching my vest as I photograph something else (see the captioned photo below) is the funniest one of all.
This gallery shows photos of the horses that have lived at Murphy Creek over the years -- Duncan, EZ, Tuesday, Elton, Lexie, Finnegan, Oscar, Norbie, Radar, Mac, Sparkie, Uncle Murphy, Indy and their friends. You will notice that I seem to be drawn to portraits. Enjoy.
Saying hello to baby Elton, as mom Tuesday looks on.
Baby Norbie helps compose the photo.
A Day at the Races
A few years ago, cousins Linda and Ray were visiting from Arizona and invited me to join them at the Alameda County Racetrack for a day of horse racing. We had a lovely visit and for the first time, I watched a horse race up close and personal with my camera along. Lots of fun.
A Few More Fun Ones
In 2018, I visited Mongolia with Overseas Adventure Travel. While many of the photos from the trip appear elsewhere on the website (see animals, landscapes and people), the ones below don't seem to fit elsewhere so they are included here. On the last day of the trip, we visited a horse head fiddle factory. The horse head fiddle is a very old and traditional Mongolian musical instrument. Watching the artisans carve the "heads" was fascinating. I wish now I had bought one to bring home with me. Maybe this is an excuse to visit Mongolia again in the future. The people gallery of this website includes two photos of an expert playing an antique horse head fiddle.