20.8.12

Alone with my thoughts



 




On a small strip of land between the sea and the wall of the house, this beautiful horse has been casually grazing. He is a constant presence and from the house can be seen peeping up over the stone wall, his dappled coat blending in perfectly with the misty landscape.

If ever an animal or a scene was conjured up to convey "a typical Irish landscape" then maybe this is it!

The neighbours feed him vegetables and he shyly takes everything he can get, soon going back to his strong silent pose just over the wall. 

His gaze follows my route back to the house, our bar-b-que, the evening swim, the Weather Forecast on TV. Through it all he is there, still curious, still watching, still negotiating that little strip of land he calls home.

I struggle with his isolation. I think about what he might be missing. But then I remember my own world, often alone with this camera and my thoughts. We look into each other's eyes, a small moment of shared experience.......







34 comments:

  1. Sometime being alone and quietly; I enjoy the atmosphere very much rather to be crowded that make me irritated. Even when go for shooting, I prefer to be alone and quietly so that I can think better of what to shot and what setting to use.

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    1. Good morning Simon! Yes me too, photography is something you need to do alone. Can't chat and snap at the same time....

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  2. Does he never go out? Beautiful horse. Definite air of thinking.

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    1. Hi Lucy, I think this grazing area is only one of the ones he frequents. So I'm sure he does get out, I hope so anyway!

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  3. Beautiful creature. Your pictures make me want to wrap my arms around his neck then bare back ride him along the beach.

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  4. What a lovely post ...... He is a Beautiful creature!!

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  5. ...beautiful words and photos - windswept and wild - x

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    1. Thank you so much Sandie, I can always guarantee windswept and wild as well:~)

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  6. Beautiful atmospheric photos and words. Thank you for sharing him with us, he must enjoy watching you coming and going
    Sarah x

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    1. I think we humans enjoy the other animals alright, so maybe they also enjoy us, thanks Astrid:~)

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  7. So often your posts read and look like a movie set. How incredible that you can look out and see this big, beautiful, shy horse!
    And I'm sure most excellent photographers, like yourself, prefer solitude as they shoot…..

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    1. Thanks Astrid! It's true my poor other half gets totally ignored when he tags along so definitely better on my own;~)

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  8. I would love to have five minutes of that solitude ...
    Lovely lovely shots Catherine..and beau

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    1. Mona, the time will come when you will have as much of that solitude as you would wish for! Meanwhile I am looking forward to the next installment of your own expanding story:~)

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  9. What a magical almost spiritual creature sent to you...you are connected in some special way!! He is just beautiful evoking that solitude we all crave at times. Too shy to approach except with caution...amazing.

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  10. What a beautiful beast and lovely words. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  11. If he could talk to you what would he say?

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    1. Just that look in his eyes says it all:~)) Thanks

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  12. A very handsome grey, reminds me of a horse I once knew. And he blends perfectly with that landscape of stonewalls and mist.

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    1. Yes, it's all very grey!! Thanks Mairead:~)

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  13. Oh..this is absolutely beautiful! And - I think I can relate to this lone wild horse. So nice to be free..and alone. Love it!

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    1. Yes, I think he must be a horse of a certain age:~)

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  14. What a stunning animal, and ditto your portrait of him. Alone can be good, maybe he knows that.

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    1. Thanks Annie, alone can be good indeed:~)

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  15. It's so nice to have the company of animals, especially one as lovely as this.

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  16. Ooooooooooooooooooh..............quelles jolie chevaux!! :O) J`adore!! :O) Et vos fotos sont just magnifique!!! :O)
    Bonne journee!!
    xxx Maria xxx

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