by Laura Crum
I probably never would have started writing were it not for my passion for horses. It was my desire to portray the western horse world that I loved so much, along with my admiration for the horse-themed mystery novels of Dick Francis, that set me on the path to writing mysteries about an equine veterinarian. Horses are still an enduring love of mine, and the other blog I write for, equestrianink blogspot, is all about people who own horses and write about horses. So all of my posts there are horse-themed.
Today, as I sat here facing the computer, considering what I should write for this blog, I wondered if I couldn’t write about horses. Writing about horses and the landscape is what I do best. But then I wondered if even one other person who reads this blog is interested in horses. Surely plenty of you are interested in beautiful landscapes, though? Maybe some of you would enjoy riding a horse through the lovely scenery of the Monterey Bay area, especially if you could do it “virtually?”
So today I thought I’d post a few photos showing my life with horses, and the landscapes I ride through (and write about). Take you on a little tour, as it were. What you see below is my inspiration to write, and without the love I’ve always had for horses and the natural world, I doubt I’d ever have become an author.
Lets embark on our virtual ride, shall we? Below you see our mount, Sunny. Doesn’t he look like every little girl’s dream pony come to life? And yes, this is really my horse, not a photo I stole off the internet. Sunny features in my two most recent books, and I think its easy to see what fun he’d be to write about—for someone who loves horses.
Sunny happens to be not just cute, but a very reliable, steady trail horse (this is actually the reason I bought him—the cuteness was an extra bonus). In the photo below “you” are on Sunny’s back, headed down the trail that leads from my front gate to my favorite view of the bay. The photo was taken in June, so things are green and leafy.
In the photo below my son and I have reached the place we call the “Lookout”, about a one hour ride from our home, and are gazing out at the Monterey Bay. Palomino Sunny and sorrel Henry are enjoying the view as well.
And now, here we are riding on the beach, going towards Monterey. You can see Sunny’s fuzzy yellow ears in the foreground (this photo was taken in December, and the horses have their winter coats on), and my son on Henry and our friend Wally on his gray horse, Twister.
Here “you” are riding Sunny towards Santa Cruz through the sand dunes. Monterey Bay is on your left.
And now, for a change of scenery, we are riding through the redwood forest. Off to your left you see a canyon with Aptos Creek at the bottom. My son is on Henry ahead of us, following a friend on a black horse (hard to see in the shade). This photo was taken on the midwinter solstice—our weather this year has been really mild. It was all of sixty degrees that day.
Here we drop down to the bottom of the canyon and cross the creek. Sunny’s ears are in the foreground.
OK, now we’re home again and have turned Sunny loose to graze. I hope you enjoyed your virtual ride—and a little peek into the world I write about.
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