Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

chairlift – out of season

Okay – so I thought I took a photo of a chairlift during the “off-season”, unused and empty.  What I realised when I looked at the image again during edits, is that the background is far more exciting than my intended subject.

As you can see, way off in the distance, nestled at the base of a ski hill in Ontario, a village sits… houses and condos, peaked roofs, green grass, empty trees and a lake in the distance…

…beyond the chairlift…

Friday Night Lights – Little League Style

I shot these images a few weeks back.  It was one of those evenings that are unique to summer: the air was warm and the home runs were plentiful, as were the cheers.

As the day faded into night, and players took to the field, excitement grew in the stands and in the dugout.  This was Friday Night Lights.  Aside from play-offs, this was the most highly anticipated game of the Little League season.

For eight months of the year, my step-son pines for baseball season.  From mid-May to the end of August, he lives and breathes for home runs, strike outs and stolen bases.

The Friday Night Lights game is one of the highlights I know he looks froward to all year long.  It is a chance for the kids to play on a field and at a time usually reserved for the adult teams. 

 The crack of the bat heard under the glare of the field lights seems louder and more determined somehow.

Though the kids bring the same amount of focus and enthusiasm to this game as they do all the others, every element is turned up a few notches.

Just my view, as a spectator to the sport, of the passion, excitement and camaraderie at a baseball game on a Friday night in July.

All For Show

I was that little girl who lived and breathed horses.  My parents enrolled me in horse camp every summer, and dutifully drove me out to the barn all year round for riding lessons.  My appetite for all things equestrian was insatiable.   I rode both Western and English styles, trying everything from Horsemanship classes, to Barrel Racing and (of course) Hunter/Jumper.  I loved it all.

Even though I do not take lessons any more, (though I really want to start it up again….) my love for anything that neighs, has four hooves and a mane is still as strong as ever.  All of this being said, whenever I get the chance to photograph horses or equestrian events, I *jump* (ha-ha!) at it.

This is how I found myself at a local ranch this past Sunday with my camera and couple of dozen young riders and their mounts.  The event was a Hunter/Jumper show, the competition was good-natured and the weather was absolutely fabulous.

The perfect Sunday for a horse show!

As I had been working indoors for the past few days on house reno’s, I was more than happy to spend a couple of hours admiring the horses and watching the action both in and around the ring.

 As I watched these young riders, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own experiences in the ring.  Each one stayed with me, grew with me and shaped me – of this I am certain…