Then odds are, we’re living under June Gloom!
This is not nearly as dire as its name sounds. Otherwise known as Coastal Eddy (and I swear, if I ever own a grey horse, that’s probably number 1 on my name list), the Gloom is a thick layer of marine cloud cover. It definitely lowers the ambient light anywhere near the coast.
It also lowers the temperature. Although the beach-goers would argue with me, I think it’s fabulous. The lettuce in my garden is still going strong, and some opportunistic pea plants have reestablished themselves after I harvested their parents. The tomatoes and basil don’t seem to mind the lack of actual sunshine, and the soil needs far less watering than it will once the summer comes down on us. But best of all, this weather pattern creates the best riding weather ever: about 65-70 degrees and just humid enough that your skin feels good.
We got the benefit of this at the Transitions Dressage show with a Temecula twist last weekend. Those of you who have been there know that it’s a rare weekend indeed that you need your jacket. It was overcast in the mornings and bright sunshine and puffy clouds after that – perfect! Karen Center ran a congenial, fun show, with a cool party on Friday night and great prizes. Galveston Equine Enterprises donated day sheets to many of the class winners, and the winners of the larger classes won cash, too! The High Score of each day won a copy of my book A Collection of Favorite Images: Friday’s winner was Lynn LaCaze and Fuerst Henrick, and Saturday’s winner was Amy Miller and Waterloo. Congratulations!
All photo galleries are posted from Transitions Dressage. If you signed up at the show, you’ll have already received your access code. If you didn’t sign up, I may have gotten photos of you anyway: if you see a your name on a gallery, you can still sign up by following the instructions on the gallery page.
Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll be photographing at Showpark in Del Mar, at the CDS-San Diego Chapter show. They’ll be running 3 rings both days. This is always a pleasant and photogenic show — and you’ll have the chance to win more of my books! The weather, of course, is expected to be overcast, but that’s great light in a lot of ways – no hard cast shadows or glaring highlights. Perfect for portraits! I look forward to seeing you there.