Getting to know you …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

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Finding Connection

Working around horses as I do, I am constantly aware of the value of true connection. In the connected space hearts and minds meet to a mutually beneficial outcome.

Horses can teach us a lot about connection.

When Bear and Midas met for the first time it was quite the scene. Old Midas (right), when introduced to the small herd for the first time, was keen to make a new friend. Bear, on the other hand, already established as the alpha was keen not to have the apple cart upset.

Bear being the gentleman he is, however, was most accepting as they made their first tentative connection, established hierarchy and learned to see eye to eye.

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Within 20 minutes of the first squeal and snort they had extended their connection to include the sharing of food.

It was fun to watch these two boys get acquainted. It doesn’t always go so well.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti 2015

Shadow Walking

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

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Shadow Walking

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One day I took my horse, Bear, into the indoor arena for a play, and while we were thus engaged I noticed how, as we walked together, our shadows fell across the freshly-harrowed sand footing. I had my cellphone handy so decided to capture a few images to see how they’d turn out.

This one of Bear shows a lovely elongation of light and shadow.

Looks almost prehistoric ~ like a cave painting ~ don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … 2015

“K” is for “Kitten”

Monochrome Madness 2-17

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Resting

The theme for Monochrome Madness this week is the letter “K.”

 JJ rests his chin on his brother Indy’s side as they both have an afternoon snooze. They were about nine months old at the time and the sweetest, most rambunctious pair of kitty cats.

They still are.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Capturing Deer … Nara, Japan

My photography doesn’t generally feature people. I don’t feel I have, particularly, the knack of capturing the human spirit. At least not yet.

Animals, however, fascinate me no end and so I often find myself lured into capturing them in digital. Horses, dogs, cats, birds, specifically, speak to me on a daily basis.

However, on a hot afternoon in October 2010, I had the good fortune to digitally capture some of the deer of Nara … and some of the images included their interactions with people. I was doubly blessed.

Centrally located Nara Park features many of Nara’s main attractions, including temples and museums. It ‘s also home to more than 1,000 deer who freely roam the park and the streets around it.

In Shinto deer are considered messengers of the gods. As a result they are treated as a national treasure.

For a small amount of money you can purchase deer crackers from street vendors in the park and feed the deer by hand. They are remarkably tame and will chase you down if they catch even whiff of food on you.

These images highlight moments that especially moved me and are special memories of our visit to beautiful Nara.

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Even I had a chance to get in front of the camera for a special moment with a baby …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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