I thought you might like this photograph. I do. It doesn’t have all the right composition angles, but it’s a good snapshot. But, ’tis not a Kodak moment any more, folks, is it? Digital.
Anyway, it’s a picture of Shiners Fannin Peppy on a warm spring day a few weeks ago. Fanny is coming up the pasture to where I am standing on Poprock Hill. The sun is shining brightly, it’s probably near high noon as I recollect. You can see that her coat is sleek and she is a good two-year old that has been trained well and tended–Duncan Steele-Park’s regime of education.
In the background, emerging and standing brilliantly, is a nice stand of purple verbena. Verbena has been all over the place this spring–in pastures, corrals, stables, front yard, back yard. There’s some yellow flowers also in the mix and some yucca blossom stalks about ready to burst. It’s just a fine, sunny picture on a good day here on Flying Hat.
And, here she is up on the edge of Poprock Hill, being cute and pretty and all-horse.
Equus. Long ago and faraway I read the play, Equus, and saw the movie with Sir Richard Burton as the psychiatrist. Peter Shaffer wrote the play in 1973, based on a true story. It’s not a pleasant story at all, and I won’t summarize it here, but the play and Burton’s acting inspired me to delve more into depth psychology and formative events in human development. As a result, I became immersed in anthropology. I was already in anthropology as a sub-field of my discipline, history, but I went way, way down into the discipline and eventually began to teach cultural and physical anthropology at a college in the Texas Panhandle.
There are many starting points for learning a field of knowledge. Wherever you find that interest, follow it and exhaust your curiosity by reading late into the night, visiting museums and researching in libraries–wherever it takes you, go, go, go! One of my starting points was Equus.
Did I say I liked horses?
Yes, I did say that, especially Fanny in verbena, on a sunny spring day.