Monday, July 30, 2012

Horses and heat

My friend and I went to visit the horses as planned this past weekend. She called beforehand and suggested I wear boots because of all the recent rain. I showered, styled my hair, put my make-up on, and dressed sensibly. I and my camera gear were ready!

As we entered the first set of stalls, my hair and make-up quickly bid adios. Why did I even bother? Within 15 minutes I was soaked to the bone. Rubber boots + camera + tripod + camera accessories = HORROR. As in: I looked a fright! I don't know what's worse: 110° and 20% humidity or 95° and 95% humidity. One's a furnace and one's a sauna. Both make for very unpleasant conditions, bringing me to my knees, begging for fall to hurry and get here. If there was a way to bribe fall into an earlier appearance, I'd gladly pay.






See all the bugs swirling about? Ugh.

We had a really good time. My friend is so funny and fun to be with. I wish my photos had been better, but I was too wiped out by the heat to worry much about it.

BMW update: The cam shaft sensor (whatever the heck that is!) is faulty. My service guy is going to see what he can do to lower the $503 price tag. Cha-ching!

A HUGE belated thanks to Hilary at The Smitten Image for choosing my Censored post as a Post of the Week! I am honored.

35 comments:

bailey-road.com said...

Such beautiful animals! Maybe you can go back in the fall.

heyBJK said...

Good looking horses! I'm with you 100% on the heat. I am not a hot weather person and I overheat quickly. I much prefer fall, winter, spring temps. Glad you got to spend time with your friend! Sorry about the car, though.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful horses. i've been giving mine electrolyte supplements this week as we've climbed above 100 again. thankfully our humidity dropped a bit or they'd be a sweaty mess. :)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Heat and humidity do not mix period! I so feel for you and want FALL to come big time! Your friend looks cool as a cucumber, now does she do that? I would be soaked with hair all frizzy.

Those horses look so sweet and sure did get some tasty yummies.

Mary said...

Ahwahhh. Not the cam shaft sensor. Drat..(as though I know) but I hope your garage man is good. As for friend, horses and humidity..you fared well. I really like the barbed wire shot as much as the lovely horses. Happy pics day.

Linda said...

I love horses. Heat I can do without. You did a fine job with your photos, especially under the circumstance of extreme heat.

Lisa Gordon said...

Ugh! I am sorry abut the heat. I think I would take the heat over the humidity. I alway feel like doing nothing when it is really humid.

This is a beautiful horse, and I am glad you had fun!

Kathy said...

Well, your pictures are marvelous as usual. I've determined that summertime is not a great time for photography in East Texas/Louisiana. I keep telling people that it's hotter here than in Phoenix where I used to live. They don't believe me. But when it's 115 and the humidity is 10 percent, you don't even sweat! That's the difference!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Sheesh, you've had a time with that car. They keep getting fancier and more expensive to repair. Our mechanic is a genius--scary smart kind of guy--and he can't work on some things. Whew. Lovely pictures. I was there with you in spirit, dripping sweat, smelling the warm arouma, and fighting off flies. :) Great photos just the same--and great memories with a friend.

Linda R said...

That humid heat is miserable.. Here in the desert we have that real dry heat.. But I am with you, fall can get here asap PLEASE... I think your photos turned out great. What a beautiful horse..

Hugs~

Mamabug said...

Such beautiful horses; they looked tired of the heat too.

ladyfi said...

These shots are amazing - love the clarity and colour!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I feel your pain about the hot days. I have not love for 100 degree days of any humidity!

The pictures of the robber fly on the last post are great.

cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Heat is real energy zapper. No doubt you were pleased to head back to the car when all was done. You still managed some great photos and time with your fried too.

Justine said...

that sounds tough but you have managed to get some absolutely fantastic shots

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I think you got great pics! Sorry it was so miserable.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

The heat this year has been hellacious! Just walking from the front door to the car has me sweating!
Your pictures of the horse and your friend are lovely. How clear your focus is of the bob wire! Great shots and a fun day - except for the heat!!

Kerry said...

I can feel the heat and humidity from your description: ugh! But I'm glad you soldiered on and took this lovely series. Horses are so beautiful.

hootnonny said...

Nothing worse than heat and humidity! Your pics are great! Did you take them in the bright sunlight?

Rosie Grey said...

I love your photos, especially considering the circumstances ;-)
Normally I'd take the heat over humidity (and I don't have any problems with temperatures 100 F and over), but now I really would take both as the weather here seems to have totally skipped summer...

Barbara Shallue said...

Oh my gosh, the humidity in Florida nearly killed me!! I don't know how I survived in Houston for so long! These are still great photos, Gail!

beth said...

i love horses !!
but this heat and humidity i'd like to drop kick to a far away land :)

Georgianna said...

Hi Gail, Oh, I regularly melt when trying to do a shoot in the heat. I still think that, in spite of that, you got some lovely photos.

Hope the car works out successfully. We just spent a ton on a new head gasket and we don't even have the fun of a sexy car to drive. :)

– g

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The horses are gorgeous! Just forget about looking your best until the weather modifies! Everybody is in the same boat, no doubt!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Nice photos, Gail. I like the barbed wire photo with the really shallow DOF / blurred horse in the background. And I'll take the furnace over the sauna any day.

Deanna said...

Heat and humidity...not a happy thought and at a horse farm...ahh the aroma!! But great pics of the horses and your friend. I am sure your day was filled with happy memories despite the heat. Oh and so sorry about that $530
thingie on your car. Honda is definitely the way to go.

Deb Crecelius said...

Hey there!
I certainly understand the heat/humidity thing.
I love warm weather, but high humidity just sucks the joy out.
Sounds like you still had a memorable time; friends make every outing an adventure.

Dave said...

Well done for getting Hilary's POW Gail. Aren't horses great? - Dave

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful horses! Since I retired I have become even more low maintenance that I ever was. If I get any more low maintenance, I won't be showering anymore!

Phil said...

Congrats on the award Gail - well deserved, had me in stitches.

Barb said...

Beautiful horses and photography! I love autumn but up here in Canada it comes waaaay too soon :(

Arti said...

Such heat and high humidity, not a pleasing combination at all! But those beautiful Horses are so very well captured, love the innocent look on their faces.
Have a wonderful week :)

Hilary said...

Oh how I love horses and despite the intense heat, you've certainly captured some wonderful shots. I think the one where the horse is accepting the carrot is my favourite.

Dianne said...

I get overheated just thinking about heat

the horses are magnificent!

Nancy Claeys said...

I think your photos are marvelous -- but where's the photo of you? Lol.

PS -- I have a Droid now -- my son gave it to me as he had an extra. :)