Wild horses

I did not know they would be out there. I decided to go on a little adventure and trek out way past where I normally go in my wheelchair. It was a gravel path that was incredibly painful to go on and I kept hoping that the pain that it would cause my body would somehow be rewarded once I got around the corner, and there they were. Not only were they in the perfect lighting but also in the yellow wildflowers. No one was out there but me. 3 people passed by at one point but for 45 minutes I was there alone with them. The wandered closer than I’d ever seen them, so close, I kept backing up. I took over 300 photos and then I stopped and just watched them. I love to watch this family of wild horses. They wander over thousand of acres at Payne’s prairie and it is a gift and a blessing to be able to see them out and about near humans. Usually they can be seen at the observation stairs that are 6 flights high that allow you to look out over the thousands of acres. I’ve only done that once and my husband had to carry me up and the horses were way out there with bison which was breathtaking but not was close and personal as being eye to eye with them like I was here. They were eating the yellow flowers and grazing and nuzzling with each other. Two of the mares are pregnant. Normally most of my photographs are grainy or dull or not enough lighting and I have no idea how to fix that and don’t want to use filters which to me, alter the realness. So I was thrilled they were in THIS lighting because it makes it look like I’m just a great photographer but really it’s all in the sun and the subject!

It was a beautiful day and I was able to stay mindful and present and joy every minute of it.

Meet Marigold

I have listened to Marigold do her nightly screaming rounds for months and infact she screams quite frequently outside my bedroom window. She often startles me by jumping OUT OF THE BLUE onto my deck outside my window, looks at me, then runs off. Today was my first actual introduction to her though. I was out photographing the owls Johnson and Chrysanthemum. Johnson was scared away and missing for days after july 4th and he finally came back only for us to discover that his eye was not looking well again. He is underweight and has been struggling. I’ve been photographing him for months now and he was just perking up. Then he was gone. A few days ago I photographed him and his eye was not looking well so I, being how I am, barely slept worrying that he would not be ok. But it was a wasted time of worry! We found him tonight out attempting to hunt with both his mother and father and sister with him. He was fed twice which took away all of my worries. Knowing his parents are by his side and still feeding him just makes my soul say ahhhhhh okkkkkk. While out witnessing all of these beautiful moments my husband pointed out the fox! I’d been trying to get a photo of her for FOREVER! Finally there she was. I thought she would run away but I drove my scooter up slowly and just close enough to use my zoom lens to try and get a shot. As soon as I did she did a big stretch and flopped down on the ground and rolled over. I immediately loved her!!! Isn’t it funny how an animal that was startling me daily and getting a bit on my nerves won my heart over in two moments. Just shows that you cannot judge someone from a few meetings and chance encounters. Sometimes it takes a little longer to see their heart!

Bethanykaysphotography on instagram

Thought I would share my instagram so that anyone having a bad day could go and find something positive. I started it about a year ago when I wanted to have something to positive to do every evening. I download all of my photos and I post them there. You will have thousand of photos to look at that are uplifting. It is how I end my day every day.

I was out in the rain last night with this fella. Little blue heron. He was shaking off all of the rain. I was trying to protect my scooter and my camera from the rain while taking his photo. It was a challenge but so rewarding!

Birds “get” me

My husband took this first photo of me in my electric scooter with all of my loot in it! I have to carry ice packs because with my muscle disease if I get overheated it can be life threatening. Then I have an SPF shirt, which got wet in the rain so I had to shed that. Then my camera bag and my purse and a towel! I’m ready for it all!

Anyway this limpkin I just loved. I was going past him on the boardwalk and stopped and we just looked into each other’s eyes and I thought. ” He totally gets me.” So I took a few photos of him before we got caught in the rain again. In the last photo feeding baby a snail. I took the last two photos. Limpkins were on a steep decline but have made a comeback which I love…on the decline? Don’t count anyone out because we will rise up!!!

A good day

Wild horses on the prairie, purple gallinule eating flowers, anhingas, whistling ducks, and owls in my backyard.

I did not allow any negative thought into my mind. It was filled with photography, focusing 100percent on what I was photographing, and filling myself with the colors and the light around me.

It was a good day. I savor those!