Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

A group of horses frolicks in a meadow:

Horses in a meadow

Horses in a meadow

and a small group of pretty white horses grazes on the ridge line of the field:

Four horses along the ridge

Four horses along the ridge

While I was hoping for the perfect alignment and back lighting to occur as these four wandered and grazed and flipped their tails and manes, another picture began to compose itself: All of a sudden, a few horses move in from the right, then more and more until “my” original group of four is totally absorbed in the herd and they are all galloping in a chorus line to a distant destination at the edge of the field.

Horses along the ridge

Horses along the ridge

While the photographs themselves are not masterpieces by any measure, I love the way the horses, as a group, repeat the ridgeline of the meadow and, higher up, the curvy outline of the hill of trees behind them. The “master piece” for me lies in the accidental coming together of nature’s lines and textures with the natural self-organization of the horses. Beyond that, any horse, any field, any mountain, any blade of grass, any leaf is in itself a “masterpiece” of Gaia’s creation.


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23 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

  1. Lily Mugford says:

    I never really got into Greek Mythology, but creation itself is a masterpiece and horses are wonderful creatures. I love the way they came together for you in your masterpiece.


    • Thank you, Lily. I am not a horse person like some people are, don’t own a horse, don’t ride one (although I have tried and couldn’t sit for a day or two…) but I enjoy watching them. They definitely embody strong personalities and energies….


  2. Stunningly beautiful and I agree totally with your words. The beauty lies not in the perfect composition, but in heart and hoof across the earth. Again I have to say just beautiful πŸ™‚


  3. indacampo says:

    As we were going into town today there were several vaqueros riding their horses in the ditches along the highway, like something taken out of another time. We came back a few hours later I noticed several horses and some foals in the fields. They are indeed beautiful “masterpieces” of Gaia’s creation and you’ve captured the light and them beautifully. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚


  4. dogear6 says:

    I agree with you that it all came together very nicely into a masterpiece – you have a good eye for composition!



  5. The Rider says:

    Beautiful horses!


  6. mpejovic says:

    Horses are masterpieces of Mother Nature. And they look great on that beautiful green grass. Great pictures!


  7. A beautiful convergence of elements in these photos, Annette. I love them. πŸ™‚


  8. Horses are my favorite sunbjects over everything else. They are so magnificient, beautiful, wild, free and a trigger for my imagination. Great choiche! I wanna be there on that meadow!!


  9. asqfish says:

    Stunning Photography!


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