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P.I.T.A. and Icelandic Horses

P.I.T.A. (pain in the ass)…that’s me. At least when you are made to travel with me…I force you to stop on the side of the road while I do my thing. Which is sometimes wait for the light to get better or a cloud to clear or a cloud to hide the sun or the wind to blow. You laugh, but it is true. My family has become very patient with this…

In Iceland, I got all these ideas in my head. Expectations of things I wanted to shoot while I was there. Before I even got there…I mean, I knew I wanted to get certain images before I had even landed on Icelandic soil. And, that is ludicrous. Seriously…that is one of the things I learned in Iceland. You have no idea what the weather will be doing or the sun will be doing when you arrive in the spot to take this image you had in your head. Such an incredible lesson to just let go of expectations and wait for it to happen. And, that’s what I did…except when it came to the horses.

I seriously had no idea how many Icelandic horses we would be seeing. They are everywhere. I wonder are there as many horses as humans in Iceland? I knew I wanted to take a great horse image, but the light and the weather NEVER cooperated. It was never just right and I was patient. I saw how many horses there were and I knew that it would happen eventually. Then, one night near the end of our trip in Southwest Iceland I saw the sun hit the horses and made Bob turn around and pull over in the ditch. I needed to get one good shot.

Well, what I didn’t anticipate was how incredible the moment would be. The silence of the ending day(it was pretty late by this point–maybe even 10:00pm). Everyone sitting in the car waiting for me to get my shot. I fired off one of the horse that was the closest, but then the most amazing thing happened. It was like he called his friends over and they all came to greet me asking me to take their pictures:)Jack and Georgia got out of the car and had their magical Icelandic horse moment. Truly. We just sat on the side of the road feeding them the long grass from the ditch listening to the wind. It was so peaceful…and one of our favorite memories of Iceland.

These images are almost straight out of camera. The color has not been adjusted at all…that’s the setting Icelandic sun.

We miss Iceland:)

~ Dana

melissa weicker - September 30, 2011 - 6:54 pm

Incredibly beautiful. Your adventure, your photos, those horses…
The more you post about your Iceland adventure, the more I’m left speechless. Those Pugh kids are so blessed to have parents like you two. The life experiences that you’re giving them by traveling is priceless. And I’m pretty sure, as they get a little older, they’ll appreciate the fact that their Mom was a P.I.T.A. :)

Rachle - October 2, 2011 - 12:37 pm

I have been loving your adventurous and gorgeously shot vacation! EVERY photo that you have shared has been so out-of-this-world lovely! Iceland looks like another planet and a place to dream of visiting one day. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and giving others a reason to go there! It is on MY list!

Alison - October 3, 2011 - 5:24 am

I have a total soft spot for horses and you managed to capture everything I love about them in these images. They are amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing them!

Al - October 11, 2011 - 5:59 am

Cool horses. Love their manes.

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