Bringing them home

Bringing them home 7D_0156 _StaatsThe Saint Paul Winter Carnival is in full swing this weekend.  This is the time when we celebrate (and embrace) the cold weather.  There are events ranging from parades to ice carving to snow sculpting to hockey games to outdoor beer gardens to Red Bull Crashed Ice and a sleigh and cutter rally too.  Although we’ve had some serious cold weather this past week our snowfall has been minimal.  But there was enough for the sleighs and horses to be out today.  With temperatures right around freezing and a light snow coming down it seemed like I had been transported to a different era.  Many of the drivers were dressed in period clothing to match their sleighs or wagons, and the horses seemed to enjoy the open space and the snow as they trotted along.  There were one and two-horse sleighs, and a few sleighs pulled by ponies whose feet had to work overtime to cover the same distance as the horses.  This driver and his matched team seemed to be reveling in the event and the weather.  The image made me think that they had been out for a drive and were now headed back to the comfort and warmth of their respective home and barn.

7 thoughts on “Bringing them home

  1. joani January 28, 2013 / 12:21 am

    Reminds me of a ride loooooooong ago. Looking for the breathing in the cooooold air.

    • lindastaatsphoto January 28, 2013 / 7:01 am

      Have to admit the air wasn’t too coooold, Joani. We were right about 32 degrees when this photo was taken. Cool, but not cold by Minnesota standards!

  2. Margaret January 28, 2013 / 9:41 am

    The horses look so pleased and proud in their dress-up outfits. Lovely capture!

  3. Tammy January 28, 2013 / 11:17 am

    what a lovely picture. Wish i was there to enjoy the festivities 🙂

    • lindastaatsphoto January 29, 2013 / 12:29 pm

      It would be fun, Tammy. Not nearly as much snow this year as when you were here.

  4. lindastaatsphoto January 29, 2013 / 12:29 pm

    I thought the exact same thing Margaret. Thanks for your comment!

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