Beach Riding :: Amelia Island

Beach riding tops virtually every horse lover’s bucket list, right? I finally had the chance to cross that one off recently while visiting Amelia Island, Florida (and I think I’ll go ahead and add it back to the list. I must do it again!).

 

Julia with Tennessee Walker
This is me with Misty, an energetic Tennessee Walker mare. Whoa, Nelly did she have some GO!

 

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On the right is my sister, who hasn’t really ever been on a horse. She did a great job on Cookie!

 

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Cue the joint head tilt. We must have been in sync!
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We lucked out on the weather. Our 5 p.m. ride was beautiful!

Interested in taking our lead (hehe)? Contact Debbie at Amelia Island Horseback Riding. Our awesome guide and impromptu photographer was Reva. The horses were well-taken care of and well-matched to our riding experience.

Happy trails!

~Julia

My Daughter: A Little Rider

Recently, for an Australian magazine that is printing one of my articles, I took some photos of my 4 year-old daughter riding.

She’s a natural, in my opinion ;).

Below you’ll find a few of my favorites!

 

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Here she is! Riding Leader at Hardwood Creek Farm, in Minnesota.

 

You have to love this sweet, patient Morgan horse: he must be wondering if anyone is even on him!

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First she wanted to avoid puddles, but soon she decided she wanted to go in “ALL THE PUDDLES!”

 

Here is Alyssa Wick, trainer at Hardwood Creek, leading Elizabeth.

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Alyssa is basically Elizabeth’s idol!

 

Last but not least…

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I love this shot; it naturally captures the joy she is feeling and the beauty of childhood (and horses!).

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~Julia

Country Life

There is a lot of construction on my current route to the barn, so I took the scenic route yesterday. I was so inspired that I stopped about 5 times on the way home from my riding lesson to take some shots of what I found along the road.

 

All Good Organics
I love this tiny shop. It’s tucked back from the road.

 

Hardwood Creek Fence 2
What’s prettier than a white fence enclosing beautiful horses? This is Hardwood Creek Farm in Hugo, Minnesota, where I ride.
Abandoned House
As I told my husband, I have a thing for crumbling old buildings. I wonder how long this sweet home has been empty.

 

Black and White Tree & Haystacks
I LOVE the creepy tree on the left, and I love the hay field!
Crumbling Bricks
There was no shortage of cool old brick buildings on my route. I like the wood and brick on this one.

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~Julia

Family Park Date in Black & White

I love color photographs. I really do!

Every once in a while, though, I love black and white photos even more. Sometimes a photo says more to me in black and white, as these did, below. I have no explanation for this.

These are a few recent photos of my husband, son, & daughter at the park. It was a record-breaking warm day in February, and as you can see from the clothing, we took advantage of it!

 

John and Daddy with logo

 

Climbing in B and W

 

John on Swing in Black and White with Logo

 

Sweet E in Black and White with logo

 

Sun & Trees

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~Julia

Rural Buildings

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There’s no doubt about it, some days (okay, many days) I like to think of myself as a country girl at heart.

Perhaps the beauty I find in old rural structures speaks to that.

 

 

Old Barn
I see this building often. There is a large No Trespassing sign near it but I took a risk, snapped a total of 2 shots, and ran back to my car :).

 

Tiny White House
Tiny is cute.

 

Crossing Bridges
A covered bridge is a hidden gem in our neighborhood. You can’t get to it from the road.

Thank you for visiting! You can find daily photos of the cute, quirky, & beautiful on my Instagram feed. I’d love to see you there.

~Julia

February Snow

It was “unseasonably warm” in Minnesota today, which is in quotes because it’s still hilarious to me that 35 degrees is considered warm here, but oh well. At least I wasn’t freezing!

Of course, it meant I couldn’t resist going to Sundown Horse Shelter and taking some pictures of all the sweeties there.

Roan at Sundown
The unusual coloring on this guy photographs beautifully; he looks different in every shot.

 

 

Brown Horse with logo
This sweet-faced horse watched me the entire time I was snapping away. 

 

Black and White Mustang with Logo
I usually prefer color photography with horses, but I liked this image in black and white even better.

 

Jed's Eye with Logo
Did you really think I could make a visit to Sundown without taking about 100 shots of the sweet Jed? 

 

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~Julia

Snowy Horses

I’m sharing some recent photos I took of a few of my favorite horses over at Sundown Shelter in Hugo, Minnesota.

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Of course, Jed again! I love how you can see his breath in this shot.

 

 

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The small space on the computer doesn’t do this uniquely-colored rescue horse justice, but I still like the shot.

 

Jed looking back
He is such a cool horse.
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I’ve always loved a line-up of trees. These line the Sundown property.

 

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~Julia