This is a picture I took from about a quarter mile away, across the farm fields of my husband taking Ladde for an early morning ride last weekend. This horse is so beautiful to me...I think he's majestic. This is a picture of two of the most important guys in my life.
Notice how hazy it is? There are several forest fires in our Pacific Northwest, none really close, but near enough to affect our air quality.
Looks like they're taking a moment to gaze over at the neighbor's horses. Such beauty...
I might be a little, tiny bit prejudiced.
A view heading over the Willamette Pass last weekend...trees as far as the eye can see.
This is the viewpoint at O'Dell Lake that the dogs and I hiked to. It's a really big lake and was a beautiful day. You can't really tell from this picture, but we were probably about 150-200 feet above the water at this point.
I only saw one boat with a couple of fisherman on the lake that day. Sure would have been a perfect day for a little boating or fishing.
These pictures are in no particular order, but they're of the Pole Creek Trail forest fire in Central Oregon. It's still not contained, and these pics were taken last Saturday. This one is just coming into Sisters from Bend. The smoke and haze was very dense, and the air quality was hazardous.
Just outside Sisters...
The quality of the pictures are not great because they were taken from the car while we were driving down the highway. The sun was amazing though; much more blood red than these photos represent.
Looking eastward from the other side of Sisters just above Blue Lake on the Santiam Pass.
Same location, looking eastward towards Sisters, but zoomed in...
Pretty trippy huh? Living on the wetter side of the Cascade Mountains, I'd never really thought much about living with the possibility of this happening in my back yard before, but it does happen. Everywhere is so extremely dry right now, it's amazing there aren't more fires than there are. This is another good reason to have the sage brush cleared from rural property, and smaller trees thinned.
This is my beautiful Kadie and Jules. She's the young gal that's been coming over occasionally for lessons on horsemanship and she's just beginning to ride. Kadie at 28 years old, is the kindest, most gentle horse I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. The perfect horse to learn from...
Jules is in love.
Since Kadie has arthritis in both hocks, she can't be ridden...so, that's where Harley comes in. He may be blind and unsuitable for mountain riding, but he does perfectly fine in a safe, enclosed environment. This was Jules' first riding lesson on Harley. He was a little rusty, but came around in no time. I think he really enjoyed having a job and being pampered by a little girl again. Being brushed, loved and fed treats...what's not to enjoy?
Since this post has gotten a little photo heavy, I'll save the pictures of my dream home in LaPine for another time. We're still experiencing warmer than average end-of-summer weather. We hit 91 the other day, but it's cooler and a bit overcast today. My tomato plants are producing like gangbusters, zuchini, yellow crooknecks, green beans and cucumbers are dwindling. Marions are drying up on the vines, but the pears and apples are in their prime. Summer's nearing its' end, but it's going out with a bang this year. I'm always a little melancholy about the passing of another summer, but I'm looking forward to fall and all that lovely season has to offer.
until next time...Lorie @ Cingspots