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A Cold Breakfast

I almost passed this image opportunity up.


After taking a morning walk in Riverside Park, as I was leaving, I noticed the horses out in a large stable yard, eating their breakfast. The hay, alfalfa, whatever it is, was placed in about twenty piles in a football-sized area. The horses were clustered around the piles, heads down and munching.


There really was no parking area set aside for me to pull over, so I made my own. I k-turned around, and parked near a cross-roads where there was a spot that would get my car out of the way.


I switched lenses and walked over to the fence. Clearly marked, do not trespass, and do not feed the horses, I was careful to keep my distance as I walked up and down the fence, looking for the right photo compositions.


The fog was just a haze in the distance, seen here in the background. You can tell how cold it was, by the foggy breath that the horse has put out in the grain. I also noticed a steam cloud, in the right background, likely coming up from the output of one of these beautiful beasts.


What I found fascinating was the behavior of the horses. Some were keeping to one pile, heads down all the time and munching away. Others would stay a while at one location, then move to another for what appeared to be no reason. There was at least one horse, that had a pile to themselves, and no other horses would approach. Some communal rules in evidence perhaps. This horse was occasionally nudging the pile, trying to uncover some possible tasty nugget.


Never pass up the opportunity when it comes to you. A good habit to practice.

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Taken on February 2, 2012