Thursday, November 21, 2019
Even in darkness, my iPhone manages to capture good photos. Above is my barn in late yesterday’s cloudy dark evening. I wanted to test the phone in darkness. What a surprise at how much light and detail it captured. Moreover, to ease downloading this photo, I set “quality” to “below medium” which didn’t diminish the outcome.
The small barn sets at the bottom of an almost-steep hill and is my target destination multiple times daily as I walk downwards to care for large animals. Adjacent to the barn is a dry lot for my three equines. Another adjacent pen houses my three pigmy goats and four elderly hens.
The winter time change confuses routines. The animals use natural light to anticipate my feeding visits. Summer feedings always occur during daylight. In the now shorter-light days, I always arrive very late from their perspectives.
These evenings my final trips down a dark rocky path require a headlight and flashlight. The horses waiting in their feeding stalls have finished their basic hay rations and will be released to the dry lot where extra hay waits. Afterwards, I clean and restock the barn for the next morning’s feeding. Then I start my uphill journey.
Again, practicing with my camera, I pointed it toward my house. As with the barn photo, the phone delivered a surprisingly pleasing night shot.
This photo reveals welcoming lights, my steep upward path, and also Louie, who’s blue merle coat is invisible in darkness. He’s inside the fence and anticipating an uphill run alongside me.
Less light always makes the months of winter hardest. Of course, there’s also more wind, rain, and sooner or later, snow falls. My new camera might make this season a bit lighter and more fun.
Dear Friends: Thanks for coming along, up and down the hill, and for the ride. Diana