Every year the Umatilla County Fair kicks off with a parade. Lots of cowboys on horseback for me to snap photos of, and this year we had an overcast sky so the photos turned out particularly well (not such strong shadows as usual). The temperature was still in the 90s, but every now and then a little breeze would blow.
Here are a few of my favorite moments.
This is a good “I’m on my way” view. May show up in a painting one day.
The Corvaire club showed off a few cars.
This year there were a lot of skewbald horses. I love to paint them!
I love the bells over the mules. Where would you even buy that today? You’d have to hand your bells down to the next generation of mule-teamers….
I painted this gentleman’s horse last year, I love he just has the rope bit through the mouth.
Can you see all the beadwork on these ladies’ saddle gear? So pretty. And I mean those dresses, too. So pretty.
I took the photo because of the guy riding the mechanical bull. I can’t imagine twirling on that thing while the truck is simultaneously moving. I know how sick I would get just being on the bull, but BOTH….
Tillamook guy pulled a face for me.
Hermiston is famous for its watermelons. This year has been extra hot, so I bet the watermelon crop was a success.
Look at that cheerleader up in the air! This was done over concrete, about every 30 steps. Would you trust your team? Wow.
I snapped photos of this piece of equipment because it’s bending to one side. Can you see? And then hydraulics lifted it up and bended it over to the other side. Why would it even need to do that?
So that’s all the photos in no particular order. Another great parade!