Monday, April 29, 2013

Silent Memories

Over the holidays I found a photo album at my grandmother's house that was full of black and white horse and dog pictures from the 1950s. A loose picture fell out and it seemed as if it was speaking to me, although it was silent.

I borrowed the picture to scan it (the above is the unedited, original picture), because I simply had to have a copy, and I will return it next time I visit my grandmother.

When I look at this, I see all the excitement in the faces of the participants. It must have been such a special day - one that had to be preserved for everyone on film. 

I zoomed in a bit to get a closer look at the dogs, the horses, and the joyfulness of the day. 

I don't know the details of the event - whether a fox was hunted or whether they were just out for a ride with their horses and dogs.  I don't know if someone took a tumble over a fence, or if the ladies had a contest to see who made the best pie.  But I do know I seem to have inherited the horse loving gene that goes way back in my family.  A part of me knows that this day is something I'm sorry to have missed - no doubt it was full of wonderful adventure!  And I suspect that whoever took this picture and saved it all those years would be pleased as punch to see it shared with my readers today.  Because it was, indeed, a day to remember.

This post is my entry for the 'One Picture From My Photo Album' contest conducted by My Yatra Diary and CupoNation.  Three bloggers I think should enter because they have a wonderful way with photos and words would be Buttons Thoughts, Chillin With Jill, and Bringing Along OCDEntries have a chance to win an Amazon gift card, so if you're a blogger with a fun picture of a memory sitting in a drawer, you should jump in and participate!

33 comments:

andy said...

Don't you love old photos !!!! I think those are the best ones ! Have a wonderful start to your week !

Sandra said...

What a neat picture.

I love finding old pictures some of them are such treasures!

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa I love this photo I have no idea what they are doing either but they certainly look happy. I think you should find out more if you can maybe who some of the people are. Oh I just love old photos for there beauty and for the mystery. B

A Quiet Corner said...

This was definitely speaking to you, Baby Girl! I would have loved to be part of that gathering!...:)JP

Nancy Claeys said...

What a fantastic find -- I just love these old photos of days gone by! Good luck with the contest!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful gathering! How cool to still have the picture!

Cat said...

Can you blow this up for me? I believe the man on the far left, kneeling, is Grandaddy Carl. I also think Uncle Bill Bauguess might be on the back row. I need to be able to see faces.

Maggid said...

This is a GREAT FIND - thank you for taking time to share it with us.
-g-

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Wow! Such a cool piece of family history!

Sharon Wagner said...

My Mom loved horses and always went to dude ranches. She would have loved a family that shared her interests. How fun.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Now THIS is a treasure. I'm so glad you were able to get a copy of it, and I love the little thoughts of wonder you expressed about the day.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That is a neat photo, it is good that you are making copies as they can be destroyed so easily.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

How wonderful to have this photo! It looks like a great adventure was about to start. And so many people were there! It's fun to see our family through photos like this. I think it helps us feel more connected.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That picture is wonderful. So glad it came to you to share with us!

Monkeywrangler said...

Yes, good to make a copy of that pic. In fact if you can, make digital copies of all of them. That way you will have a back up copy of it all.

TexWisGirl said...

a neat look back!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a wonderful vintage photo! Looks like some sort of game hunt to me. Very special.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lisa, Great old picture and you enhanced it nicely. Is your grandmother still alive? If so (or you should sit down with family members who are still alive) you should learn all of this history now (and write it down).... You'll be sorry when you are my age --trying to find out family history and nobody is alive to talk about it.... Just my suggestion!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I do hope you discover the story behind that picture.

Ginny said...

What an amazing find! So this is all your family?? The scope of the whole thing...and I didn't think they had panorama lenses then, wonder how they got it so wide?

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is so awesome! I love old photos. For as long as I can remember, when I visit my grandma I always pull out her photo albums and look through them.

Out on the prairie said...

what a classic shot

Valerie said...

What a cool family picture Lisa! I just love old photos! Thanks for posting it today!!

Sally Crowe said...

If this is a duplication, I'm sorry Lisa. My mind's not right today (or ever). :)

Love what you did with the pic. I can mostly name all the older folks in pics from my mother's side, but not my dad's. I should have asked him more.

Lovey post.
xoxo

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente recordação....
Cumprimentos

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

That picture is awesome!

Linda said...

Old pictures are wonderful! I have posted quite a few, and even heard from some distant cousins as a result.

Jill said...

What a treasure!

alissa apel said...

That's an amazing find!

Lin said...

oh, COOL! We don't have exciting photos like that in our family photo collection. We might have a dog or two, but no horses.

Looks like a hunt to me....did your family hunt?

Michaela said...

I love looking at old photos, I do every time I go home, we've got a couple of boxes full..

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

What an excellent old photo! This needs to be framed and hang on a wall in your home. :)

madhu bhardwaj said...

What an amazingly beautiful picture!