Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Theme Day: Animals

Well, I think it's very weird that a month of 2012 has already passed and it's February 1st, but it is, so it's time for another City Daily Photo theme day. This month's theme is animals.

How do you like my flare? I like it. If you enlarge the picture you might see a couple of contrails in the sky, too.

I'd love to give you exotic animals but Pasadena doesn't have a zoo and I'll be damned if I'm going up into the hills to chase mountain lions. However, if you click on the other participants in today's theme, I bet you'll find some fantastic animals! After all, City Daily Photo is now 1444 blogs strong, worldwide. Our newest member is Jersey Photos from the Channel Islands. And as far as theme day and Jersey Photos goes, let me just say great minds think alike.

33 comments:

Gunn said...

What a GREAT action shot!

Bergson said...

like a western movie
fantastic light

Tanya said...

i love this!

Forrest Preece said...

Bravo! A terrific photo.

Judy Williams said...

How wonderful. I love the lighting. I see you and Laurie chose beautiful area horses today.

ben wideman said...

Wow, beautiful stuff here, Petrea! The best just keep getting better.

Nathalie said...

Petrea I think this is the most gorgeous shot I've seen on this theme day. The light and setting are superb and yes I love the flare and sun rays in the dust. Just beautiful.

Petrea Burchard said...

Wow, thanks everyone! When I saw the riders I knew they were an opportunity. I didn't realize while I was shooting what a gift the setting sun would be.

Bellis said...

It's lovely the way the dust has diffused the setting sun. Which camera did you use?

Just to drag things down to a more prosaic level, my first thought was that the rider was carrying a traffic cone.

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis, I couldn't remember but from the looks of the other photos in the group it must have been the Olympus 8 megapixel, not the Canon.

pasadenapio said...

Very nice! Reminds me of riding in Santa Fe about 10 years ago (and the last I was on a horse). Love the Jersey site. Thanks for passing it on.

Michael Coppess said...

I think I hear the Bonanza theme.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Gorgeous shot with the flare of the sun and the movement of the horses... love the colors in this!

Bises,
Genie

Petrea Burchard said...

Merci, merci. Yes, this one has a bit of nostalgia for me, too.

R1 said...

Great photo Petrea...the composition is just perfect!

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Like a Marlboro ad scene. Oops, sorry for advertising. ;-)

Petrea Burchard said...

Ha! This reminds me less of advertising than of herding cats:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWymXNPaU7g

Virginia said...

Who needs a damn zoo when you have the real thing? Love your flare. You've always it. :)
V

Ms M said...

Love the lighting and shadows! The photo shouts This is The West!

Bellis said...

Like the herding cats video. Now how did they make that?

Margaret said...

Yippee kye aye. I think. I'm not sure I spelled that right.

Petrea Burchard said...

Sometimes I have to pinch myself--I don't actually pinch myself, who does that? I'd be covered with bruises--but it's so pretty here in the foothills of the mountains, and we have the Arroyo, and Hahamongna, a beautiful place to ride, and stables and horses, etc. And we are 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

Bellis, I have no idea how they made it but it's several years old and it still amazes me and makes me laugh.

Katie said...

Awesome photo -- definitely one of my favorites. As much as I'd love to see a photo of a mountain lion, I'm glad you didn't search them out.

Petrea Burchard said...

I don't know, Margaret. I'll be thinking about it all night.

Katie, this photo of a mountain lion was taken just north of the JPL bridge, about a quarter of a mile from where I shot today's picture just south of the Jet Propulsion Lab. The (locally famous) mountain lion pic was taken during a period when there hadn't been much rain. Mountain lions have a huge range, and only come near humans when they're desperate.

paul said...

Wow! What a superb capture! Absolutely gorgeous light.

TheChieftess said...

You've outdone yourself Petrea!!! Your flare is definitely shining through!!!

Dina said...

Great colors, great flare. I'd love to be on one of those horses.
The last equine I rode was a donkey.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Chieftess!

Dina, there are so many opportunities around here to ride, I'm tempted to get back on the horse, so to speak.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Paul.

Jilly said...

Just lovely. So much atmosphere in this photograph. I want to be there, riding Western saddle (is that right?) I remember going out riding one time when I lived in California but it's so long ago I forget the saddle but there was somethng in the middle you held on to! At least I did!

Petrea Burchard said...

The Western saddle has a saddle horn, Jilly. It's something to grip! Its original purpose was for tying or looping the end of a rope when roping cattle, but it's still useful even if you don't have anything to do with little dogies gittin' along.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_saddle

Susan Campisi said...

I'm late but I have to say, this is a beautiful shot! I love your flare and your choice of animals.

Petrea Burchard said...

Merci beaucoup, Susan.