This post is for my friend, Suzanne, at A Window Into The Woods, whose love of horses has made her a successful author.
Last Saturday I posted one of many pictures I took while visiting Mike’s sister, Rhonda, at the horse farm where she works. It is a very picturesque location and is often used as a location for wedding photography. However, the most important residents at Tralee are the horses. Now you have to keep in mind that I am very, very allergic to horses and therefore don’t often develop any close friendships with horses. I can only appreciate their beauty from afar :(. However, when I saw this gorgeous creature curiously watching us drive by, I just knew I had to meet him. Rhonda told me his name is Pilot, and I approached slowly while talking to him quietly, snapping shots every step of the way. The closer I got, the more interested he became, until his nose was almost touching the lens of my camera.
I felt really bad because I had no treats for him, and I couldn’t touch him or I would have been sick for days. He didn’t seem to mind though and very patiently posed for many photos. Here are two of my favourites – isn’t he handsome?
Now, I know you are still wondering about my title. Pilot can fly?? Why yes he can!! I wanted to experiment with some continuous action shots, and I love to see horses in motion, so Rhonda got Pilot running, and I started snapping. He was absolutely beautiful to watch, and I was ecstatic later on when I reviewed my photos and saw that I had actually captured this shot where Pilot’s hooves are not even touching the ground. I told you he could fly! The lighting and colours are not the best in this shot, but I absolutely love it!!
When we returned to the car that afternoon, Rhonda was shaking her head. She was totally amazed because apparently Pilot does not take to strangers at all, but he became my new best horse friend that day. What a wonderful experience!