Pretty light

Earlier this week as Zach and I were watering horses, I caught him coming through the door as the light from sunset flooded in.  This photo makes me happy. Does it you? 


Happy trails. 

An Invitation to a Date

My maternal grandmother died a few years ago and at the time my mother was still a busy choir teacher. She’s since retired and has begun the task of going through her mother’s things.  Two weeks ago, she found a box, full of treasures.  You see, Grandma never threw much away. Okay, I think she threw nothing away. She was a hoarder (a neat and orderly hoarder, of course) — of treasured newspaper clippings, and photographs, and even when she passed, her mind was full of fun facts.  What my mama found was a piece of history — a link to a simpler time. A time when decorum and etiquette were truly practiced; not the mouthy, disrespectful “gentleman” of today (though on some levels, I believe women have played a roll in the demise of etiquette as well). 

She found the ORIGINAL letter that my Grandfather wrote, to my Grandmother, asking her on their first date. SCORE.  I wouldn’t be here today if this letter had never been written. 

old school, sending a letter asking for a date

A letter, asking for a date.

They were married Decebmer 2, 1945, after he returned from the War.

Here is a photo of them in DC taken 1943.

My grandmother was quite the stylish lady, and grandpa looks a bit perturbed. The caption on the back of this image explains that his feet were hurting from his shoes.

Willis and Ethelyn in DC

As I looked over the letter, again and again, it made me long for simpler days, days when men acted like gentlemen, and women expected to be treated like ladies, because they acted like ladies. It brought to light reasons that country music from this era and subsequent decades actually told a story, and didn’t sound all the same — unlike the country music from today where cat calls, and descriptions of scantily clad women have become the norm. Society has become crass, uncouth, and less civilized.

I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of an Invitation to a Date. Here’s hoping you enjoyed this little look into some family history.

Happy Trails!

Foto Friday

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We had the most beautiful Sweet Clover this year because we had so much rain. In many places it was over 5 feet tall! I decided to do something a bit different than normal for me. I typically shoot with my aperture wide open. Depending upon the lens (f/1.8 to f/4) and rarely do I […]

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Foto Friday

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I am asked photography questions often. And while I wish I knew how to share the secrets of composition, it sort of just comes out of me. I’m constantly framing the world through the eyes of a lens, whether looking through one or not. Sure, there’s things like the rule of thirds, and color composition, […]

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Senior Portraits

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It’s time again — time to start planning your last minute sessions, or book a Summer Session for your 2016 senior. Here are some photos from a session I did earlier in the year. Is this girl gorgeous or what?   Isn’t this collage just cool? Please call or email to book your session: jennifer@thesouthdakotacowgirl […]

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The Colt Cam Chronicles

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (though the two aren’t playing nice, lately), you’ve probably missed out on the snippets of video I’m posting. I wish every video editor was as handy to use as Instagram’s. Suggestions anyone? I’ve got three or four on my phone and I kind of hate them […]

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un-named mix breed rooster

It’s been a while since I shared any photos of my pretty chickens, and this year, there were no shortages of adorable, peeping chicks!  One of them has grown into a gorgeous rooster and I think he’s prettier because he’s a cross between a Red Sexlink and a Giant Cochin — because the only rooster […]

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Crustless Quiche

Crustless Quiche

I’m not going to lie — eating breakfast is by far one of my favorite things to do. But I’ve done something I thought I’d never do — I am going gluten free (well as much as possible) because of my hypothyroidism.  You can’t buy instant anything in the grocery stores around here that are […]

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The Colt Cam Chronicles 2015

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“You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.” ~ Antoine de Pluvinel (1555-1620), the first of the French Riding Masters Many of you will […]

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I got an email from Cedar Creek Productions the other day, also known as the company that put out, Buck the Film, and in the footer I found a link to an upcoming documentary called UnBranded. I checked it out and it looks to be really good! Here’s the kickstarter video that helped them get […]

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