Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Horse Country USA and Naughty Pileated Woodpecker

Living right in the heart of horse country USA, is quite a blessing. My favorite thing to do is to ride along the pastures and take pictures along the way. The first Thoroughbred Horse farm that I ever visited back in the mid 60's was Hermitage Farms. I actually saw Queen Elizabeth leaving Hermitage after making a purchase of a couple of their horses to take back to England one time, some twenty years later, even got a picture of her leaving with a helicopter and heavy security entourage. Hermitage has just recently been sold and I wanted to take some pictures to remember it as it has always been. The close-up horse images are from a different farm and the Pileated was busy wreaking havoc on the farmer's fence row~


  1. Great photographs Mary. Love those beautiful horses and the woodpecker.
    Thank you also for your story.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. these are great shots, the second photo is striking.

  3. What a great bird!! lovely post Mary.

  4. Beautiful horses and what a place to go riding xo


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