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A must stop on the horse country tour has little to do with horses, but a lot to do with history. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers visitors 3,000 acres of history on beautiful grounds. You can stay at the inn and dine at the restaurant. Period-costumed workers make products for sale in some of the buildings. For a photographer, the opportunities are endless.

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Fall is one of the best times to visit, but the grounds are beautiful year round.

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Many people were there the day we went taking family and graduation photos.

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If you look closely in the bottom right corner of the above photo, you’ll see a photographer’s light rig.

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For more information about this beautiful photo op, restaurant menu, inn rates and directions, visit here.

Always on the lookout for photo ops in gorgeous Central Kentucky. 🙂

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Some places are just worth visiting more than once. Old Friends Farm, refuge for retired race horses, is one such place. I visited earlier this year with my husband and son and decided to take my sister there while she was visiting from out of state. Boy, does that farm dress up for fall.

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The farm was founded over 10 years ago by Michael Blowen to be a retirement place for these athletes. It is funded almost entirely by donations.

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There were a few of the horses that I didn’t get to see last time I was there, that were out the second time. Popcorn Deelites, above, is a movie star. He was one of the horses used to play Seabiscuit in the movie. He and his paddock mate are known as the “frat boys” of the farm because they are usually up to some type of mischief. When I was at the farm earlier this year, they were in a corner of the paddock and wouldn’t show the tour anything but their hindquarters. This day, they were much more friendly.

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This is, in my opinion, the prettiest horse on the farm, and probably the most well known. Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was in the barn during my first visit. This day, he was all about showing off.

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To see my previous post about Old Friends Farm, visit here. For more information about the farm, click here.

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A great place to fill your belly and your senses is the Windy Corner Market, just north of Lexington, KY. A horse country tour wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Windy Corner. It is literally surrounded by horse farms.

IMG_2948Visitors to the Windy Corner order at the counter from a Kentucky-style gourmet menu of foods mainly grown locally. Even most of the beverages (beer and wine included) are local. After you order, you find a seat either inside the store, on the screened porch, or outside and wait for your order. I almost always get the shrimp po boy, but the barbecue is wonderful, too.

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The market is located at a crossroads along the Bluegrass Driving Tour.

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Horses, living (above) and statuary (below), watch diners enjoy their food.

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For more information about this Kentucky treat, directions, menu, ect., visit www.windycornermarket.com

IMG_8444A must-stop attraction along the horse country tour would have to be Old Friends Farm, near Georgetown, KY. A farm for retired race horses, tours are conducted several times a day. You can get up close and personal (we’re talkin’ horse drool all over the hands, if you want) with some beautiful former racing thorobreds. If you follow thorobred racing at all, you will recognize the names of some of these horses.

IMG_8455There are a lot of great photo ops here. I lagged many times taking pictures, while my husband and son listened to the tour guide tell about each race horse, but no one minded.

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For more information on the farm, directions, etc., visit www.oldfriendsequine.org

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/405 sec.

The other day, my son found this guy behind the garage door. Always welcome. . .except in the tomato patch.

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Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/1010 sec.

This HDR expresses how I feel about those who take time to read my blog 🙂

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Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/202 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 400, 1/50 sec.

Lastly, a couple of HDR shots of nature’s gifts.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.

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If you have read this blog very many times at all, you know that I live in Central Kentucky, home of some of the most beautiful horse farms in the world. My plans are to introduce readers to a few of those farms while I am on hiatus from school this summer. I share pictures of farms frequently, mostly taken from the road. Since my husband and son are interested in touring horse farms, my plan is to actually take part in some tours and snap a lot of pictures.

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I do some freelance submissions to the tourism cabinet and plan on using many of the shots for that. I will, of course,  share the pictures in this blog, in hopes of inspiring someone to visit Kentucky. If you are interested in visiting, here is a link for the tourism cabinet’s website. This link is for the website specific to the Bluegrass area.

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This state has a lot of great photo opportunities. Hope you will agree. 🙂

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A young foal greeted the world on a sunny day last week. This was shot with my new 18-270mm lens set at 270mm. I had to sharpen the image slightly in RAW, but overall the quality was pretty good.

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Pretty much anytime I can find a way to do something creative AND cheap, I give it a try. I saw a long time ago on something (I apologize to whom ever came up with this for not remembering) about putting a piece of clear plastic wrap on the end of your lens and smearing all but the very center with petroleum jelly to create a dreamy effect around your subject.

I am currently teaching a photography class and I always like to give my students ways to be creative without having to spend a bundle, so I gave it a try. The top photo of a fence pull was taken at very short depth of field and the background would have been blurry anyway. However, with the sophisticated lubricant-endowed plastic wrap on the lens, the photo looks more interesting.

The photo below of my cat also turned out nice. The only problem with this method is that it blows the rule of thirds because the sharp focus is in the dead middle of the shot. I suppose I could work on ways to make the focal point out of focus.

Have fun 🙂

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Ready to pounce in the autumn grass.

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On a walk recently I came upon this pile on top of an old railroad plank. I’m sure a squirrel or chipmunk had a full belly after leaving this scene. Hopefully, he saved some for the winter. It’s here in Kentucky.

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