Cowgirl

I used camera+, scratches and pic grunge and filterstorm to crop for this picture.

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Ski Joring Leadville, Colorado

My husband and I got into equestrian ski joring about 8 years ago. For those of you who are wondering what is ski joring I can tell you it is the most exciting sport that I have ever been involved in! I discovered that during the Yuan and Ming dynasties (1271-1644) in China, ski joring behind an animal was first documented. The Norwegian word Skikjoring means skiing behind a horse. As a general term this can mean being pulled by an animal such as a dog, horse or reindeer, as well as a motorcycle, car and yes, even an airplane!

Ski Joring as we know it today has involved into a highly competitive sport consisting of a horse, rider and skier. The team has to navigate a course of jumps, gates and sometimes spear rings all while trying to complete the course without missing any of the obstacles and getting the fastest time.

Leadville, Colorado has been holding ski joring events since 1949. Leadville is an old mining town that gives you the feeling of being in an old west town and at 10,152 feet, it’s the United State’s highest incorporated city. This was our 4th time in Leadville for ski joring and the first time I used my iPhone to take pictures. Camera+ was my go to app for both taking the picture and editing. Because this is a fast action sport it is not easy to capture the horse, rider and skier in the same frame. It took me several attempts and standing on a truck to get this shot.

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Old Church New Mexico

Taken with camera+ edited with snapseed and ps express. El Santuario de Chimayo is a Roman Catholic Church in Chimayo, New Mexico. It is said to have healing powers in the dirt where a cross was found many years ago. Upon entering the church you will see 100’s of crutches, walkers and casts from people that were healed left there. As you walk straight ahead there is a little room called el pocito (the little well) is where you can shovel the holy dirt into a container to take home with you. This dirt has been blessed by the priest and has to be replaced sometimes daily.

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