I always come back from our visits to Blue Star Equiculture feeling better than when I got there. Even if I’m feeling really good to begin with. I know Pamela would say it’s because of the horses. Just being in their presence, she says, will make us feel better.
Jon and I were walking to the far pasture to watch the horses and people practice for next weekend’s Sleigh Rally and Feather, one of the older horses on the other side of the fence, started following us. We would stop and spend some time with her then when we started walking again she would follow us. It was as if she was demanding our attention. At one point I took a couple of photos of her and Jon. They were talking silently to each other as horses and humans often do.
It was a bright and sunny day, warm with blue skies so it’s very possible that the cloudy streak going diagonally through Jon and Feather is the sun. But I’ve never captured the sun in a photo that looks like this before. And of all the pictures I took today, it only occurred in these two.
Years ago, when I was working in an old Grange I took some photos with my digital camera. I was just trying to get an overall picture of the interior of the building but when I looked at the photo I saw what looked like a white cloud hovering in the space. I kept snapping photos and in each one, caught the cloud moving towards the wall and through it, till it was gone.
Later I showed the pictures to a writer who collected and documented ghost stories from the North East. He told me it was ectoplasm, as casually as if he saw it everyday. I was stunned, to him it was expected.
I don’t know what’s going on in these photos, but I know when I looked at them I got the same feeling as when I was in the old Grange.
Perhaps the communication between Jon and Feather is made visible. But I also know that Jon was thinking about his friend Paul, Pamela’s husband who died last year. On the way to Blue Star, he told me he wanted to go to the tree when Paul hanged himself. To visit the tree and think of Paul.
Even if it is the sun light somehow reflected by my camera, it still seems unusual that it appeared just at this moment. Jon writes about and photographs the light all the time. What better way to communicate with him whether you’re a person or a horse.