The past two weeks has been a crazy whirlwind, and not in a good way. For those that have been following me for a while, you know that my home away from home, my serenity and peaceful haven ~ also known at Equilibrium Horse Center has been given an eviction notice.
They only gave us 45 days to locate homes for over 30 horses and this rustic old barn with its charming and full of personality buildings will be bull dozed for the new. It has been with a broken heart that I had to scramble and drive through the nearby neighborhoods and country ways in search of a new home for Remy.
Fortunately I had recently walked the barn with my Olympus to capture a few low light scenes. I wanted to see how well the Image Stabilization worked along with the higher ISO’s. The IS worked incredibly well and I was able to get sharp images at 1/30 of a second. Although I did start to see noise in the images after pushing it over ISO 800.
Equilibrium Horse Center and its steadfast leader Kathleen Harjess has been here for over 30 years and she had raised countless young children in the art of horsemanship. It’s been a safe haven for young girls that love horses and many would spend their summers and weekends here getting dirty and having a wonderful time.
Large open spaces like these are becoming more and more encroached with development. The sweeping fields, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, large paddocks and most of all the surrounding woodlands are to be ravaged with high priced housing and a fancy and expensive equestrian facility. Or so the plan goes.
Watching this, I realize that all of the barn swallows that come to nest inside the barn will also have their lives completely disrupted. The home where generations of barn swallows have raised their young will no longer exist. With my concern for them, I enlisted a friend and Maryland Department of Natural Resources law enforcement member to come and see what he can to do help. Protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Protection Act, I’ve managed to get a stay of execution (or so I hope) for the bird’s home. While we may be gone by the end of June, they should be able to raise their chicks during the summer. Once they leave in late September then the developers can begin work. In the meantime, touch the nest, each nest comes with a financial penalty.
It is said with every door closing, another opens. But in this case it is an end of an era. Where nature and animals are treasured in a way that is a safe haven for all of those that have discovered it.