It took me most of last week to recover from the Sundog show/marathon, but I think I'm pretty well there. I got to the barn on Monday to discover to my mild horror that Alpac had broken off his remaining lower canine tooth while I was at the sale. I use the descriptor "mild" as I've been down this road before with him. He broke off the right lower canine a couple of years ago. Having had this experience which was in essence a non-issue when treated by the vet, I was hopeful that our result would be equally good this time round, and so far this has been the case. Neither the vet nor I can imagine how he has managed to do this not once but twice, but I'm grateful it wasn't worse as apparently broken canines are frequently accompanied by a broken jaw. I certainly wouldn't want to go there even with a young horse, never mind with my senior citizen.
I was doing some "catch-up" seasonal shopping early in the week, and I observed this interesting jet trail in the sky over the parking lot I was in. As I like to say about many things, I'm sure there is a story here, I just don't know what it is.
I shot this dramatic sky on the way home from the barn on one of the slightly less grey days last week. We've had a couple of days of the expected brilliant sun and blue sky to which we feel entitled in the winter, but otherwise it's been pretty grey, dark and dreary. I guess that goes with the warmer temperatures we've enjoyed--winter choices are often bright and darn cold, or less cold but overcast. This was taken shortly after 4PM--we can look forward to the sunset occurring later each the day in only a week.
I was out in a local riverside park doing some tree photos when I got this nice detail shot, full of colour and texture. From the shape of the leaves, I think this is some sort of willow. The little seed pods suggest it is a wolf willow, but they are usually classified as a shrub, and this was a good-sized tree.
We made our last visit of the year to Solar Gardens on the weekend (they close next weekend until April), to purchase some edibles from the Tasting Studio and to enjoy the greenhouses. This shot shows one of the greenhouses with its many succulents in various stages of development.
I liked the symmetry of these little guys, snug and happy in their little starter containers.