Saturday, February 28

More horse photography


I did a photoshoot for a local horse owner recently.  Picture here is "Rusty" of Noblewood Farms.  Rusty is a

5 year old, 15 hand, ABCR Registered Bashkir curly with Mead bloodlines. Rusty is the only leopard appaloosa ABCR stallion in North America, and the only appaloosa marked curly stallion to offer shipped semen.
I liked the indoor photos the best based on the lighting, but of course the people who know horses like the movement shots.

Butter churnin'


Dazey Churn
Originally uploaded by duanekeys
The neighbors to the south of us raise Red Poll beef cattle and recently had a cow lose a calf during birth. They asked Jennifer if we could use the milk knowing that we're raising baby goats. Of course my ever enterprising and ambitious wife agreed. She's been helping to milk her for the past couple of weeks. Our fridge and freezer were getting pretty full of milk, as was the neighbor's.

One evening they pulled out the butter churn that belonged to their parents. They told us stories of passing the turn around the room to take turns churning. We hadn't the slightest idea what we were doing, so we hopped on the internet for some directions.

We did eventually get butter from this old churn, though it would have went much faster had we read some instructions first (letting the cream sit out until it's room temp is important).

We've made a couple batches at home using the blender, very effective and much easier on the wrists!