Badges of Honor

It’s only appropriate that I celebrate today’s 500th post on Hoofbeats & Footprints. With blogging, I have met some incredible people all across the world, and the blogsphere has allowed us to share our thoughts, sights and local scenes to those who are willing to look. A year and half has passed since starting this blog, and I love the feedback that I get from you as a reader. Because of the likes, and comments I’ve watched my blog transform into appreciating the natural beauty around me.

Of course, not having an exotic trip planned on horseback may have a part in that as well. To help celebrate my great success, and only because of each and every one of you very dear readers, it is time to catch up on some beautiful awards bestowed upon me.

This is better than Christmas in July. There are some fantastic bloggers out there that not only share wonderful stories and photos of the world around them. They also share the love as a fellow blogger.

I must admit, I’ve been a bit slack in publicly acknowledging these awards, and for that I must hang my head in shame. For it is indeed a true honor when someone bestows recognition upon you for the work that you’ve done. So I must thank each of the bloggers that thought Hoofbeats & Footprints worthy enough for an award nomination.

The most generous of these is Tom of The Palladin Traveler. A truly eloquent international blogger. Based in a beautiful city in Italy, truly a dream come true. Not only has he been overly kind to me, he also has his own award, Hats Off to a Beautiful Friendship

The awards he’s bestowed upon me are:

The Hope Unites Globally “Hug” Award; the Beautiful Blogger Award; the Super Sweet Blogging Award; the Versatile Award; and the One Lovely Blog Award, and even today – the Best Moment Award.

The Palladian Traveler
The Palladian Traveler
The Palladian Traveler

But there are other fantastic bloggers that were kind and generous to me. In no particular order, here are the awards, and the bloggers who shared them with me.

Very Inspiring Award from Evis Lens. A lovely young lady based in Vienna that shares her beautiful city. Her beautiful photos make place me in Vienna like no other.

Reality Award from TK Morin. A new Canadian friend that shares my love of history. Her in depth posts presented in short ‘bites’ bring Canada’s history to life.

Super Sweet Blogger Award from Dear Kitty. A true Renaissance woman who shares the love of life and all it has to offer. Sharing the good and bad she is a true citizen of the world.

Liebster Award from Oil Pastels by Mary. If there ever was a glorious painter that I wished I could be, Mary is certainly her. Her landscape artwork is simply stunning.

Addictive Blog Award from Get Set and Go. Snigda of Mumbai, India shares a part of the world that I’ll probably never have the privilege of visiting. Her unique perspective brings a local eye to exotic places.

Dragon Loyalty Award; The Versatile Blogger Award; and the Best Moments Award from Perpetua of Seeker. Last, but certainly not least, Seeker of Vancouver, Canada. A kindred spirit that has the opportunity to travel on spiritual journeys, and this summer will be walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail in Spain.

The I Am a Part of the WordPress Family Award from Eunice at Living and Loving, and Mary at Oil Pastels by Mary

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award from Renee at Craves Adventure, she continual inspires us to become a better person.

A Beautiful Bouquet of Awards that include: the Sunshine Blog Award, the Versatile Blogger Award, and the Best Moment Award from the over generous TK Morin who shares the history and beauty of her Canada at Bite Size Canada


So now I have a wealth of awards to share. A large bounty filled with admiration and support. A bounty that is belongs not only to myself, nor the bloggers who share them with me, but also to those bloggers out there that share their heart and soul on the blogsphere.

Without any further ado, here is the sprinkle of stars:

In the spirit of Tom of Palladian Traveller, I bestow upon you a Hat for “Hats Off to a Beautiful Friendship.” So click here and get your hat now ! It’s all the fashion rage:


And the remaining awards go to:

66 replies »

  1. You are truly amazing!!! So glad that we connected. Congratulations on your 500 posts – looking forward to our ongoing dialogue Thank you for creating an remarkable blog.

    • Thank you so much Rebecca ! Must confess that this daily photo thing is a bit of work and slows me down on the reading. When this year is done I’ll post every other day, then read the alternate one. Also I really have gone away from my original idea for this blog. Cie la vie!

      • Posting a photo a day has given new meaning about how we measure time. I frequently forget that time is finite and then take on something without considering the commitment. But I have had so much fun! I usually start my day out with a quote so the 365/52 has been a way to integrate photography with a meaningful idea. I am so glad that you invited me to tag along…

        • You know..we could always quit Rebecca! LOL ! Naw…it’s been a fun journey so far and I also appreciate placing quotes with images. It gives them more meaning. You are the inspiration for that one. 🙂

  2. Thank you very much for the nomination. I never heard of The Addictive Blog Award before. I like that one! So many congrats… on 500 posts, on all the awards you received. That is truly impressive. I too am glad we met up. I love your work and we have similar interests.

  3. Congratulations Emily! A wonderful accomplishment. I feel the same way about the time commitment. I actually took a step back and discontinued my absolute postaday journey this year. I didn’t want to post photos that didn’t deserve to be on my blog. Now if I miss a day here or there it’s OK. I did the year in photos in 2011 when I had more time but then posted sporadically last year. I think I found my balance now. Thank you for the award; it’s much appreciated, and I hope to thank you again in person this year on a photo expedition!!

    • You are too kind Tricia. I agree, I’m finding the photo a day is starting to dilute my work. At first I thought it would be more inspiring, but now it’s there are days it’s become desperate measures. If anything, I’m improving technically, so when I go for photo expeditions I’ll have better images.

      We need to plan something – I’ve never been to Mount Vernon, thinking of springtime fawns in Shenandoah/Big Meadows in late May/early June. what do you think?

      The award is more than well deserved, and congratulations!

  4. OMG, What a selection you have stashed away, Emily. Congratulations! My hats off to you, indeed. And gee… I’m blushing here for such an introduction about me and for bestowing being a Team Member. Thank you, I’m taking it now and let me visit the nominees.

    • It’s all your fault you know..nagging me to share my awards. 🙂 Really it was well overdue, and I had to share at least the Team Member award. Thank you so much for your friendship and hope to meet you in person one day.

  5. That’s a very nice collection of awards! Thank you for not nominating my blog for any of them. 😉 500 posts already? Now I feel like a slacker, I’m just over 400 after 2 1/2 years, but I started slowly. Don’t tell any of my other blogger friends, but yours is one of my favorites, as you always post something of interest.

    • But compare your posts to mine. You really spend A LOT of time creating them with in depth information and great photos. I used to do that, but then have decided to make it more of a photography blog. Sometimes I would post two a day, and infrequently I reblogged a post.

      Your words are too sweet, and I think it’s time for me to get out and get some history posts. It’s the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg after all. 🙂

      Thank you so much for your fellowship.

    • You are truly too kind Madhu. I thought of nominating you, but know you’ve had plenty of awards to deal with. You deserve plenty of awards in my opinion, and consider this a LOVE YOUR BLOG award. 🙂

  6. Congratulations on reaching the 500 milestone and also for the amazing selection of awards that are so richly merited. Blessings, dear friend.

  7. 500!! congratulations 🙂 and thanks for your lovely words when describing my blog, i feel flattered!!
    have a great week!

    • Isn’t that crazy Bente ?! I wanted to nominate you for the Dragon award, but know awards isn’t exactly your thing. I love your blog, your photos and your experiences. I hope we can share our stories for a long time to come. 🙂

  8. Congratulations! On the awards and your 500 post. I really enjoy reading your blog and your photos are always Beautiful. Thanks for the sunshine nomination! My first award. 🙂 I will cherish it!

  9. Wow Emily what a fantastic write-up – this post is one of the most creative and well intentioned. It’s fantastic to read, can’t imagine how long it took you to do it. 500 posts, whoa – I’m still trying to reach 100. I love your sayings and photography, they have taken me on some incredible journey’s – thank you. I want to thank you for you generous writeup and acknowledgement for my blog – so meaningful and appreciated. I have far to go, but I’m so happy to know that you enjoy my work – your encouragement continues to push me in new directions. Thank you! All the best, your blog touches many people ~

    • But can you imagine, you show us your paintings, so 100 posts for you would be 100 paintings. Is that possible?

      You are truly too kind, and i really love your work. The more we can share it with others, the quicker you’ll become famous. Still waiting to be able to get one of your masterpieces for my wall.

      • Hi Emily, you ask some great questions. I like the idea of painting 100 in 100 days it would be possible, but difficult – although a great challenge and maybe one of these days (could be a late summer or fall project).

        It usually takes me 5 to 25 hours to complete a painting, depending on the size and technical difficulties (some of my skies have taken up to 6 hours). The reason for the length of time is I don’t mix the OPs with solvents, but rather use the OP stick directly on the surface and spread it with my hands or tools. Also I prepare my own surfaces which is a 24 hour process – I have found pastel paper or watercolor paper not textured enough or the tooth is too large, so preparing my surface helps to control the outcome.

        But you never know, I might figure out a way – maybe smaller pieces 5×7’s as a way to paint 100 in 100 days. I’ll surprise you ~

        Can’t thank you enough for your encouragement and support. I’ve been waiting for several things to come through before I go public, and one happily came through over the past weekend (will announce shortly – so cool) and the other remaining items are being worked on this week and next. I promise to contact you directly about my work w/n the next two weeks – I am so honored to have one of my pieces hang on your wall. This means so much to me ~

        • I would never imagine you painting 100 paintings in 100 days. Sketches maybe, but it’s exhausting and you would find your work quality diminishing.
          That would be thrilling to have one of your pieces of work…now all you have to do is cut your ear off and you’ll be really famous! 🙂
          Keep your beauty shine through your amazing artwork.

    • Thanks Leanne ! I really wanted to nominate you for a few, but know you’re probably overwhelmed with these awards. Just know that I think your blog is more than outstanding, and you set the bar of excellence.

  10. Congratulations, Emily – it’s full derseved all your awards… 😉

    I always enjoy visiting your excellent blog,
    – really appreciate that you mentioning Le Drake Noir… 🙂 😉

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