Beautiful things abound in the world, if you only take the time to find them. I take a camera with me on nearly every excursion (and am disappointed when I discover I haven’t grabbed it!) in the hopes of capturing something lovely on
film pixels. The past weekend was sure to impress, what with a national dressage championship and schooner festival. Saturday was a rainy mess, so we skipped out on the actual championship, but Sunday was brilliant, and warmer than our recent weather. In short, it was an idyllic day to sit on a hillside and watch horses perform with apparent effortless grace. We watched a competition among seven horses and their trainers. It was truly impressive; the trainers looked like they were just sitting atop a horse that had memorized a routine. (I am told this is not so, and I reluctantly believe that.) In each Grand Prix round, the horse (who needs a trainer?) came out and stopped in front of a judge’s stand, as if in introduction. Then it proceeded to prance around the ring doing who-knows-what, and doing it well. I am pretty sure that I would have fallen out of bounds more than once if I were dancing around the way those horses were. I am sure if you knew what you were looking at, it would be even more eventful. As it was, the horses were gorgeous, the day was sunny and fabulous, and we enjoyed the show.
…until about 2:00, and the weather had cooperated so nicely, that we headed into Traverse City to give the schooner festival another go. We stopped in Saturday, but didn’t get out of the car (top picture in the set below). Sunday was better.
In addition to the schooners, the bay abounded with other boaters. It was super-sunny and warm, but it was also incredibly windy. We watched windsurfers move across the water faster than you might think possible. I think if someone wanted to donate one of those to me, I’d do it.
Other than weekend gallivanting, we haven’t been into a whole lot lately. I’ve started on my quest to learn how to program. I can do a few very basic things in Python. But, I dropped that, because Tony can be my on-call teacher for PHP. So, I can also now do a few very basic things in that, too. Also, we went to an NHL prospects tournament game tonight. It was in a small venue, so the seats were great. Yes, Jess, a couple fights 🙂 Double overtime, no shoot-out. Good times.
This whole post I’ve felt a little scatter-brained, and I continue to feel out-of-sorts. But I have some more good (at least I think so) photos to share, so bare with me here. I apologize in advance for the lack of accompanying narrative. Without further ado: your requisite sunset shots:
Not a sunset, per se…
And other beautiful things just waiting for someone to find them: