Watching the Olympics?   Leave a comment

The trees are dying back even faster, now.  A walk that was through a green tunnel of willows finds them rapidly yellowing.

The little trails are lined with browning leaves, and choked with cottonwood and willow fluff.

Still, there is a little water coming down.  It’s shallow and slow-moving, but clear.

The stands of cattails are hanging on.  I like the light in this shot, and the varied textures.

I had a little fun with it, playing with the kaleidoscope effect in Paint Shop Pro.  It made a verdant mandala.

We spent yesterday evening as half the world must have — watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics.  At least I did; Billy dozed through most of them.  Even I dropped off, just before they lit the torch.  Darn it.  The torch-lighting has been shown several times since, but it’s not like seeing it as it happens.

Today we watched the equestrian events, though they showed very little of them.  They never do.  It was the dressage for the three-day eventers today, and I have to admit that it’s not thrilling to watch.  It’s hard for the commentators, too, as someone who understands what’s going on ends up explaining too much or not enough.  They don’t know what the audience doesn’t know, if that makes since.  Explaining that a double bridle has both a snaffle and a curb, for example, doesn’t help much.  Generally, if you know what a snaffle and curb are, you also know what a double bridle is.  And people who don’t know that the trot is a two-beat diagonal gait probably aren’t watching dressage.  At least, not for long.

One of the great things about the Olympics, though; there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Posted July 28, 2012 by stablewoman in Kern River

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