In which horses are good for whatever ails ya, and life is so good

Lytha left a comment on this blog last week:
My mom sent me a package for my birthday and she always stuffs lots of Seattle Times articles inside that she thinks i'll enjoy. i really do! one of them had your name - it was a photo contest you submitted an entry for - no idea when - a pic of hana in the woods. awesome! and i'm so happy my mom remembers your name when she sees it in the paper: )

I took the photo on January 18th, 2009, only a few days before our financing for the purchase of Haiku Farm was approved. In all the excitement of buying the farm at last, I guess I forgot to share this beautiful picture with the blog readers!

(Here's the link to the Seattle Times, where the photo was awarded an honorable mention in their annual "Reader Photos of the Year" contest).

That gloomy day in January, Jim and I were afraid that the financing would fall through yet again, and we just threw up our hands in frustration and took the horses out for a ride. The day was gloomy and wet...but less than a mile from the trailhead, we saw sunlight filtering through the trees. I grabbed my camera, and Hana turned her head to look back at Fiddle just as my finger pressed the shutter.

We returned to the trailer with a renewed sense of calmness and hope...and a few days later, we got the approval and began our new life on Haiku Farm. Looking at the photo now, I remember how much happier we were that day, after riding together in the rain.

Here's a short video of riding in the rain this afternoon. Look at all the new growth on those young trees!

Life is good. Don't forget that--it will probably be on the test later.


  1. That is a beautiful photo!! Love it!

  2. That photo is breathtaking..Perfect in every way!

  3. Gorgeous crazy photo. Looks magical, like something you'd see in a dream.

    I'm amazed that you're able to follow any trail through that overgrown mini-forest. Looks there barely is a trail there. lol!

    Last January wasn't so great for me either. That was right after I fell of my horse and had my knee surgery to fix my injuries.
    Life was certainly not good then at all.

    Life is very good now, though. :)
    I'm glad it is for you, too!


  4. Outrageously wonderful photo. I agree with Laughing Orca, it looks like something out of a dream, or at least one of the Lord of the Rings Movies. Thanks for sharing!


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