Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lilac Light

Looking north, thundershowers moving over
the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

At Ravenseyrie, we are visited frequently by stunning skyscapes, which I have many times enjoyed sharing photos of in this blog.  The photos we view today were taken Thursday evening and Friday morning (August 20 and 21st).

A gorgeous rainbow stretched across the sky that Thursday evening, in between thundershowers that rolled over the East Bluff above the north shores of Manitoulin Island.

Your author (in shadow) and her husband attempt to capture the glory
of a spectacular rainbow with cameras...never as good as the real deal!

As if one rainbow over Ravenseyrie were not sufficient, the atmosphere generated a double bow for us to "ooooh" and "ahhhhh" over.

Double rainbow over the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

Even as the rainbow began to fade, magical touches from the setting sun illuminated choice clouds on the eastern line of trees.  More squeals of delight from us and more attempts to record the drama with digital cameras.

Wow!  The kind of light one sees in the enchanted works of Maxfield Parish.

"Colours are living entities - as much as the wind or sea, or you and me.  Like fragrances, like music, colours can pierce the heart, expose the soul and uplift the spirit...such is the magical power of colour.    --L. Gerard

If I tried to paint would think it surreal...but this is how the sky truly looked!

Dawn came with a high pressure system that had begun to move out the moisture laden clouds which lingered from the prior evening, generating a softer but equally inspiring type of magical light.  I'm dubbing this type of illumination, "Lilac Light".

Morning glory on the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

Lilac Light transforms the Sorraias of Ravenseyrie into entities that seem to have sprung to life from the clouds themselves, washing their mousey grulla hair colours into shades of lavender and purple.

Young bachelor Sorraias, emerging from the clouds!

Silvestre, Ousado and Legado

Lilac Light does not have the same transformative power of colour over the sorrel body hair of Jerry the draft mule...but we admire him nonetheless for his supple bending to reach an itchy long ear - quite a remarkable feat for an equine in his late twenties!

"Uncle" Jerry, a very supple, aged draft mule, living the wild life at Ravenseyrie

The effect of Lilac Light on the sorrel colour of our domestic Thoroughbred, Zeus, has a dulling effect.  In full sun, Zeus' colour glistens like spun copper!

Zeus, an aged domestic Thoroughbred living among "wild" Sorraias

Sorraia stallion, Legado (Altamiro x Ciente), a mythic visage!

I hope you enjoyed viewing these scenes from Ravenseyrie as much as we enjoyed living in the magical moments they presented.

"Some of the most beautiful scenes occur in an unsettled sky.  Turmoil is an opportunity to make something lovely."    
                                                                                                                                               --L. Gerard

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Voluptuous Summer Abounds

Young Sorraia stallions Gosto and Capaz at the
Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

The voluptuousness of summer abounds.  How pregnant with rich colour the landscape is!  How sleek the steeds that gallop over it!  And how little time there is for writing about all this wondrousness...its tourist season and the Ravenseyrie Art Gallery is "making hay while the sun shines".

June got by without a Journal of Ravenseyrie entry, but I will share a few photos from that time and the present.  And...just a hint of a big entry soon to come.

View from the top of the bluff at Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve
overlooking the famous North Channel of Lake Huron
Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada

How richly coloured the Whitetail Deer are in summer, and how proud
their bearing!  Magnificent!

My sweet spot at the "Top of the World" at Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

Morning comes to the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

Evening comes to the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve

Lunch with the Ravenseyrie mares living on the Twinravens range in Tehkemmuh
Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada

Our last born foal, Rija...a coming two year old now!

The captain of my ship, Kev!
Who would imagine July would be so chilly requiring an insulated jacket???

A brief glimpse of part of the Ravenseyrie gallery
on the waterfront in the Harbour Centre
Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Smaller study of Black Capped Chickadee
Watercolour by Lynne Gerard

Full sisters, Pinoteia (left) and Altavida

Small study of Pinoteia
Watercolour by Lynne Gerard

Summer grasses!  Sine qua non!

This year, I saved the horses' winter hair.  Soon I will tell you why!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Titans Clashing!

Titans Clashing!

A question was posed in a comment to my last journal entry that I will use to introduce this latest offering.  

"How are the other boys doing at Ravenseyrie?"

Fabulous, I would say!  

Perhaps a video would show you what I mean better than words do: