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This horse is named Murphy. He belongs to my cousin. I once rode him behind Split Mountain, which is west of Dupuyer, Montana.

When I visit my cousin, I like to go out and take photos of her horses as they roam freely across the ranch.

In this moment, Murphy came to the creek for a drink. I loved the way he was contemplating his own image. And here is that moment before his muzzle actually touches the water, there’s a surface tension… a waiting…a feeling of something about to happen. I found myself waiting expectantly for the ripples that would soon form.

Nikon D300
70-300 mm lens
hand held-published As Is

This photo was featured in All Pets Great and Small.

Featured in Nude Pets, 7/09
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Featured in Quarter Horses
4/25/10
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Featured in Pets Are Us
2-2011
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2nd Place in Cee’s Artsy Friends
Water and Animals Challenge
9-29-2011

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horse, nature, animal, livestock, equine, mammal, montana, donna ridgway

Enjoying what Montana has to offer, greatly influences my work. Rodeos, horses, mountains, all of this plays a part in what I create. I lived here in Montana, taking care of cattle and horses on the ranch until I retired a few years ago.

I now spend my time recreating in Montana, and creating photos and paintings from what I see here in this state.

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Comments

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 5 years ago

    Nice catch Donna! Love the reflection!

  • Thanks Ginny, Murphy is such a photogenic horse, I must have 50 or 60 photos of him. I just love his face. He looks like my very first horse, Lucky.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • djpercival
    djpercivalabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful reflection capture.

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayabout 5 years ago

    Thanks Debra, so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Trots
    Trotsabout 5 years ago

    Marvellous reflection!

  • Thank you, Trots! Much appreciated.

    – Donna Ridgway

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieabout 5 years ago

    Great reflections. Wonder if the horse thought it was his twin?

  • I wondered what he was thinking too. It was so awesome the water was this still…

    – Donna Ridgway

  • SMOKEYDOGSOCKS
    SMOKEYDOGSOCKSabout 5 years ago

    FANTASTIC REFLECTION. I LIKE SHOTS LIKE THIS AND I HAVE TAKEN SEVERAL SHOTS OF MY KIDS, THE FOUR LEGGED WITH TAILS KIND, OF THEM IN THE REFLECTING WATER ON THE PATIO.

  • Thanks Bob, it’s really fun to open these kinds of shots up on the computer for the first time. You have such high hopes they’ll be in focus…my never ending problem! I have no patience for my tripod. I’ll go look for your reflections, do you have them up here?

    – Donna Ridgway

  • SMOKEYDOGSOCKS
    SMOKEYDOGSOCKSabout 5 years ago

    I HAVE A COUPLE IN MY GALLERY, BUT THEY ARE BURIED PRETTY DEEP, I’VE DISCOVERED I HAVE OVER 500 IMAGES IN MY GALLERY NOW. I HOPE YOU HAVE A FEW MINUTES. LOL BOB :)

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryabout 5 years ago

    So beautifully composed, Donna; the reflection adds depth and interest. A wonderful image!

  • Thank you Bonnie! I was excited when I first opened this up on the computer, I get so anxious to see if what I thought I saw, is what the camera will see too!

    – Donna Ridgway

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 5 years ago

    Beautiful Donna…… fantastic photo!!!!

  • Thanks Glenda!

    – Donna Ridgway

  • Royald
    Royaldabout 5 years ago

    This is a fabulous piece.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed Murphy! Thanks for favoriting him!

    – Donna Ridgway

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