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

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Icelandic Horses, Geese, Ducks on a Frosty Sunlit Morning~

Oldham County in Kentucky is where my hometown is located.  One of the wonderful things about our area, are the beautiful varieties in horses.  Since it is KY and horse country USA, we have Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Arabians, to name a few, and we also have the wonderful Icelandic Horses.  Within 12 miles of my front door, are found some leading Arabian horse farms.  Go in an opposite direction the same distance, and you arrive at Gudmar Petursson's Icelandic Horse Farm in Prospect.  Mr. Petursson holds the second highest number of Icelandic Championship titles ever earned with these amazing little horses.  At their KY location, they hold riding lessons, horse training clinics, as well as importing and exporting these fine horses.  Don't let their smaller size fool you, they are absolutely outstanding horses by all standards.

Every time that I ride into Prospect, Goshen and St. Matthews, I drive by their farms and I am always on the look out to take a peek at some of these amazing looking creatures.
  The sunlight of the break of dawn was arriving just over the partially frozen pond.  Both Canada Geese and assorted Ducks began their early morning ritual of taking a frigid cold bath, before starting about their day.
It was a glorious early morning and I am so happy to have opportunity to share with each of you.  Hoping that your day is sunlit as well~

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Enjoy more mosaics and the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday~


  1. Wonderful photo set, as always. My family originated from Crittenden County, KY, mostly around Marion. Happy WW.

  2. BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTFUL, cara Mary........what an enormous joy to look at these beautiful lttle, colourfull, strong & sweet horses....; Their wonderful character is well known....their intelligence,strong health & their sweet & adorable heart also....!!!!

    What glorious photos you captured; magic morning nature...the beauty of the water birds; sublimissimo!!!!!!

    Oh, the gallopping sweet one; the red-white one; is just tooooo beautiful; you captured this strong fellow sooo fantastic.....!!!
    ( You must know, I have got a white Arabian-Girl; I just adore horses....!)

    Wonderful walk through this magic morning, Mary....!!

    ciao ciao elvira

  3. Those Icelandic Horses are beautiful, pretty little things.

  4. wonderful wooly beasts! just my size! :)

  5. What a wonderful variety of horses and birds. I can only imagine how beautiful your area looks in person!

  6. Beautiful horses and beautiul place by the water and pictures! :)

  7. The horses are beautiful and your photos are amazing.

  8. Merry Christmas to you Mary,Happy New Year.
    Sorry it's late,just doing my catching up.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your brilliant photography in 2012.

  9. Beautiful post Mary. I love Icelandic horses, they go so well with the Icelandic countryside. Delightful shots of the horses running.

    Hope you have something rally nice planned for New Year's Eve!

  10. Looks like you had a wonderful time with those horses. I can see what you mean about their quality, they look so strong and hardy. I guess they have to be living in Iceland - a bit like us living through the UK weather at the moment.

  11. Brautiful creatures!! Happy New Year from Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  12. Beautiful skies and beautiful horses! Love your photos for the day, Mary! Hope you and your family have a wonderful and very Happy New Year!


  13. What delightful horses! Love the light in all of these pictures.

  14. Beautiful skies, Mary! I love the horses too! Happy skywatching and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

  15. Amazing close up compositions of the horses. I also liked the images where you see them in action.

    Happy New Year 2012 to you Mary.


  16. Great photos and post. It is raining today and we have no snow here. What a weird and different year.
    Happy New Year.

  17. i love that frosty grass! and the ponies! super cute :) they make me smile. Happy holidays, Mary!

  18. Love the Icelandic Horses :0) I was in Iceland this year taking pictures of these in the wild :0) Beautiful :0) I wish you all the best for 2012 and a Happy New Year :0)

  19. absolutely lovely set. indeed wud be hard to get them off the memory card :)

    i absolutely loved the shots of the hawks, the boats at the harbour, the hues of the tulip and the moon n the glow on the barn. glad i saw this set!

    have a great year ahead...

    My Third Eye

  20. Oh, how marvelous! It's nice to see those shaggy coats keeping them warm, for it looks mighty cold there. The little brown and white reminds me of my first pony -- Smoky. He was such a darling!

    Thanks so much for sharing your talents at MM, Mary. I wish you and your family a joyous new year, filled with love and laughter! xoxo


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