Essence Captured Blog

August 1, 2023
Softly, Three

Featured Image for August 2023 "Softly, Three" From the photo safari at Return to Freedom in San Luis Obispo last month.  A small group of photographers had positioned themselves on a rocky outcrop where we thought the horses would gallop by when they left their current position on the next hill.  So I left the […]

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July 2, 2023
Grey Mare

Featured Image for July 2023 "Grey Mare" I hosted a photo safari at Return to Freedom in San Luis Obispo this past week.  We would go out and observe the horses in the morning and evening and photograph them.  This amazing mare is old and wise.  She leads a large band of horses and works […]

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June 1, 2023
Return From The Water Hole

Featured Image for June 2023 "Return From The Water Hole" The setting sun is creating this beautiful back light that allows us to capture highlights on the mane, back, tail, and even lights up some of the mist coming from the horse's nose in the foreground as it blows some of the dust out of its […]

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May 1, 2023

Featured Image for May 2023 "Solitude" Another image from the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo. At 6 p.m. in April, the sun is creating this beautiful light that allows us to capture highlights on the mane and tail with a soft lighting all around and some deeper shadows in the landscape forming.  […]

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April 1, 2023
Dinner with a View

Featured Image for April 2023 "Dinner with a View" When you visit the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, you start out winding through Oak woods and rolling hills.  When you reach the top of the hills, you are treated to views of Morro Bay to the west and the Pismo/Oceano Dunes coastline […]

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March 2, 2023
Stray Strands Delight

Featured Image for March 2023 "Stray Strands Delight" My theme in life this week has been hair, so when I sat down today to select an image of the month, it had to be this one.  I am currently undergoing chemotherapy, and my hair began to fall out two days ago.  I had long hair […]

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February 1, 2023
Love Me Tender

Featured Image for February 2023 "Love Me Tender" What do horses know of "Love"?  What does anyone know of "Love"?  In February, when we celebrate Valentine's Day and see red and pink heart shaped candy boxes and red roses everywhere, I prefer to go to this sweet place in my heart where I feel at peace and […]

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January 1, 2023
"The Greeter"

Featured Image for January 2023 How we greet the new year starts from within.  Find your center, connect to your heart, realign with your soul, remember your true essence, bring your attitude of gratitude, and step forward with curiosity.  Here's a beautiful horse at Return to Freedom who reminds me of all of these principles.  […]

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December 1, 2022

Featured Image for December 2022 Horses are complex, and I love how much emotion and personality shows on their face - especially in their eyes.  I also love a high contrast close up portrait.  I selected this image for this month because I think it's a good reminder to take time to slow down and […]

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November 1, 2022
Evening Rhythm

Featured Image for November, 2022 These are working ranch horses at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch near Sand Point, Idaho.  In the evening they move the horses down to the meadow for the night, where they graze and live as a herd.  I love this capture because of the motion in the mane of the leopard […]

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