Naptime in the Horse Pasture
Bubba the Wonder Horse takes a nap near the fence of the horse pasture in the fourth entry of the 50with50 series.
As I was going out to the horse pasture to finish up the chores the other morning, I saw that Bubba had decided to lie down for a while. So instead of going out there and stirring him up, I first went inside and got my camera, thinking this would be a pretty interesting photo. And if you look closely, you can see that he is not the only one napping. Directly behind the gate at the right is Copper the Beagle, getting a bit of a nap, too. You just have to look a little harder to see him because of his smaller size.
The green colors of the pine and cedar trees, plus the green winter grass that is coming up, almost make you forget that this is the winter. But it is. Go outside without a coat and you will be quickly reminded. It was a bonus that there had not been rain in a few days so that there was not much mud. That is getting to be pretty rare these days because we have had another typical rainy winter so far.
Once I had gotten my photo, I took my camera back inside and then walked out to the pasture. Bubba was apparently having a lazy morning and did not feel the need to get up, even though I was right there.
I know there are people out there who think that horses do not lie down to sleep, but they do. Yes, the old story that you have heard about how they can sleep standing up is true. But for more serious sleep, they do lie down. Also, he was not actually asleep here as much as just resting. If he had been all the way asleep, his head would have been down on the ground. He was watching to see what I might do. And when I walked past him to the barn, he decided to get up and walk. But not before I got this photo of him. He still gets up and down pretty well for an old horse, by the way! He is 29 years old now, and the average age is about 25. So he has earned the right to lie down if he wants to.
Copper did not want to be left out and wanted me to take his photo, too, so he came over to where I was and said please. How could I resist? And then he went a got one of his toys for us to play with. Unfortunately, I did not have much time for that as I was needing to get to work. But we did play for a minute or two.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. - Psalm 104:24
About the Photo
The first photo is the only 50with50 photo in this post, in case you are wondering. Even though you cannot zoom with the 50mm lens, I wanted the somewhat wide view that you see here. I was actually standing on our back porch. Even before I knew Copper was back there, I wanted to get both Bubba and the gate in the frame. Actually, before this day I had thought about getting a photo of the gate. But this turned out to be better with Bubba in it as well.
Processing was done in Aurora HDR as usual. I liked the look of the evergreen trees in this final version. As I said above, it does not necessarily look wintry.
The other two photos were just taken with my phone. As is often said by many, the best camera is the one you have with you. I was glad to have my phone with me when I got that close to Bubba and he still did not get up. And I was glad that he stayed down long enough for me to take the photo.
Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Aurora HDR. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: SonyFE 50mm f/1.8
Date: February 3, 2020
Location: Home, Williston, Tennessee