There is a concern – a sincerity and attention – involved in the way Adrienne DeLiso and Flash Corbisier speak, listen, and take photographs. They are the team behind 1881 Western Photography CO.
Both Adrienne and Flash have unique backgrounds. Adrienne’s father was a professional photographer who specialized in ballet, so photography has been a part of her life from the beginning. She herself has twenty years of experience as a professional, and if you ask her about photographing whales or other wildlife, her eyes will light up. Flash has experience as a painter, graphic designer, animator, art director, and has been shooting professional shots for almost a decade. Both of them are passionate about capturing equine culture. They appreciate the range of expression - from the roughest of cowboys to the most carefully groomed and trained horses. For the past eight years, 1881 has been specializing in equine photography. Adrienne and Flash study different riders and horses in earnest. “Horses are some of the most beautiful animals in the world,” says Adrienne with a glow. Really – these images say more than I can hope to about the quality of their work. These eight photos represent the more artistic side of what they do, but it’s just the tip of an iceberg. If you come to The Ranch, you will also get to enjoy the personalized images that they capture of you and your horse. They will get you in different moments so that you can create the perfect scrapbook of your time here riding with us. If you are as awed by their artistic images as I am, you can purchase them when you visit The Ranch or at their website: www.1881wpc.com.
There is something about this place that liberates the artistic flow – partially it is the spaciousness itself, but there is an abundance of something else too, something that every type of artist can relate to on some level – texture. Sculptors and weavers animate and translate texture intimately. Poets create texture with language, tempo, and space so that images have dimension. Painters have their paint and choice of canvas, photographers their cameras and sensitivity to light – etc. Texture inspires – this is the idea that this place has brought to me – and so I share a few glimpses of its tapestry with you.
The community at Wilderness Trails Ranch is truly a rich one – with chefs, artists, a massage therapist, dogs, melodic birds – the list could go on. Of course, most visitors to our ranch are eager to meet our horses and wranglers, and they are a lovely crew. To this aim, each week from now until the end of July six horses and one wrangler will be featured here on our blog.
Rick and Red, our gentle giants, are Belgian Draft Horses. They have been with The Ranch for ten years and team up to provide our weekly hayrides. Being in their presence inspires awe, and the opportunity to benefit from their considerable strength and grace during the hayride is a highlight for many. They are also our resident stars as they have been featured in several movies.
Ember was born on The Ranch in 2002, the year of the fire – hence his name. Ember, a Morgan Quarter Horse, is super gentle and playful - ideal for beginning riders to help them build confidence and develop a deeper sense of joy while riding.
Tigger is a favorite among guests because he is highly responsive. He is a perfect fit for people with riding experience. Tigger was born on The Ranch and was Lance Robert’s private horse for many years. The evidence of his loving training is evident to those who ride him. He is a Quarter Appaloosa Horse and has half-brothers who also live with us here at The Ranch.
Lenita, a Paint Mare, requires a confident rider. For those looking to build a relationship that requires more attention, Lenita provides a more complex riding experience. She is appreciated by our wranglers because she calmly walks to and waits in her stall each morning. Lenita was born here at The Ranch and is known for her lasting love for Sideburns, another one of our horses.
Willa’s eyes will tell you how kind she is, and, indeed, this Percheron Quarter Horse mix is a favorite. She is highly responsive and enjoyed both by beginning riders looking to build confidence and experienced riders who want to enjoy a week of ease. Her strawberry-roan coloring is unique, and those that ride her may find themselves enchanted.
“I don’t remember learning to ride” smiles Kathryn Forynski as she watches the horses graze. An unsurprising comment considering that Kathryn’s mother first took her up into the saddle when she was only four-days old. Kathryn grew up riding Arabians in Bedfordshire, England where she was also an event rider in cross country, jumping, and dressage. She will tell you about it – with her customary reserved sweetness – if you ask. Kathryn has been with The Ranch since 2008, and she greatly enjoys the relaxed approach of Western riders. She respects the gentle power of horses, and the feeling of oneness that often arises while riding ties her heart to them even further. Part of what keeps Kathryn coming back is the trail riding; “There’s always something new to notice” she says. And she’s keeping her eyes open for elk shed because she wants a pair of antlers to paint pink and hang on her wall.
September at Wilderness Trails Ranch, located at the base of the largest wilderness region in the mainland USA and in the San Juan portion of the Rocky Mountains of SW Colorado.
Well, we started out a bit rainier than usual, but now we have our Indian Summer which brings lots of sunshine! Woo-hoo! Our days are in the 70's and evenings in the high 40's/low 50's. For this mountain girl it is just about perfect!!!
We are just about to close for the season (October 1) Boo-hoo! For those of you lucky enough to be here now, send us your fall color changing photos. For those who missed your chance at riding through the brilliant red and gold forest, or what some of us call "enchanted forest", we are sorry.
Book early so you too can see (a year from now) the stunning gold and red sparking through the sunlight! Please send your fall color changing photos! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to see who has captured the best fall picture!