Friday, December 3, 2010
Kia Ora! Writing to you all from Saturday morning in Auckland while it's late afternoon Friday on the east coast in the States. We hope all is well with you all.
The Year 8 students had their end-of-year field trip yesterday to a farm way out in the mountains about an hour from here. It's a remote place run by a Swiss couple and university student volunteers from Switzerland and Germany. One of the day's activities was horseback riding and because there were too few horses for all of us adults to take part, and I already get to hang out at a stable one day a week at home, I stayed behind and took photos. Don't tell anyone, but that's what I would rather do anyway in nearly any circumstances.
Just as they all set off and things quieted down, the farmer and I found ourselves chatting while he put some new shoes on a particularly tender-footed horse. One of my favorite things to shoot is an environment with a person that works with their hands, so I felt pretty lucky to get some shots that I like a lot in that half hour.
It took some doing, but he finally got those shoes on the poor horse. Looked like he'd been doing it for many, many years. Best to all, K.