I am a “Snapshooter”.  Really.

It’s in the dictionary even though WordPress doesn’t recognize it.

It’s right above “Snapshot”.  A person who takes snapshots.“Snapshot” is a word made up in the year 1890.

A casual photograph made typically by an amateur (me) with a small handheld camera (fits in my pocket).
I spent a few days searching to come up with something profound to blog about for the New Year. I quickly realized I don’t have squat to say. I am not a particularly profound person. Everything’s already been said by someone else.

But looking back on my year of blogging and “Snapshot-ography”  I see that I have found my  “voice”, so to speak.

Or at least a way to amuse myself on a daily basis. That is by taking snapshots and writing stories of my life as Cowgirl Red.

So for New Year’s 2012, I give you some of my favorite snapshots.

Some worth repeating. (You are quite welcome)

 And some of my favorite posts. (Click on the links below)

I don’t really have a process for taking snapshots. I literally shoot from the hip.  I am also developing a new “Over the Shoulder” technique.  I use two pocket cameras.  A Nikon Coolpix and a Sony Cybershot. Best Buy’s Black Tie Warranty keeps me in new cameras regularly. They haven’t banned me yet.

Mostly with my snapshots …… I’m just lucky.

The only editing I do is cropping and sometimes I lighten or boost the color a little.  That’s it.

I’ve thought about getting a big fancy camera and photo editing software, however, that’s not for me.

 I would get totally obsessed with the equipment and the time and loose my place in the moment.  Plus packing all that equipment around on my ample chest would hurt. So I don’t do it.

 I’m a Snapshooter and a Short-Story-Teller.  Who knew?

I certainly didn’t when I started blogging a year ago.

Blogging has been a creative journey for me.  But mostly it has been about  connection and friendships.  Blogging has made my world bigger.  You fill me up.

The most profound thing I have to say this New Year 2012 is simply this …..

Thank You.

Love,   Cowgirl Red   aka  Terah

Connected posts for these snapshots :

Annual Elk Inventory    You Look Just Like Your Mother      Mother’s Day by Mother Nature

Saddle Series June    Saddle Series July   Monarch Butterflies   My Secret Weapon 


  1. Wonderful photos ~ and great snapshooter! You got a ‘good eye’ and that is what makes the photos and good material to work with ~ so many precious animals ~ Thanks ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Terah, I have so enjoyed getting to know you, per phone call and looking at your incredible photos and words. Thank you for the peek into your life, it fills me up with so much joy!
    MN fan,

    • Cheri, Thank you. I feel the same about you. THanks for the friendship and support. I have enjoyed watching your work. Terah

  3. You definately have a special gift and hope you continue to use it.

  4. Hmmm…..Not so sure about not being profound Terah. You are direct and a straight shooter ( camera shots I mean ) I think that has a certain profundity. ( is that even a word???? )

    Happy New Year To You Too!!!!


  5. Lisa at Greenbow says

    I feel like I am getting to know you through your short stories and your shoot from the hip (or over the shoulder) snapshots. I so enjoy your humor. Some days it is the best thing that happens. May you continue to snap those shots and give me some giggles. And a big thank you for those ass shots. 🙂

    • You are quite welcome Lisa. Hee Hee I will keep searching for more quality ass shots. xoxo Terah

  6. Great pictures…happy new year! Can’t wait to more posts, always like to visit.

  7. What a wonderful review of photos…most of which I can remember what you were saying about them because I have seen them on your blog. I am so delighted to have met you, dear lady. You speak about life and life is profound. So there! 😉

    Hope you’re having a great start to the new year. Bless you. I am always happy to see you. 🙂

  8. Those are fine pics and it looks like you are having lots of fun in life – i did not see any pics of you doing any accounting….. hmmmm

    I am off to Germany (Munich) and Athens – (greece not georgia) soon!!!
    I’ll take a few snapshot for you

  9. Thanks for hopping over to check out my blog. I had to come see yours and I’m really impressed that you are a real cowgirl! Great for you! I love all the shots of the animals.

  10. I find it strange that you say you don’t have something to say – since I found your blog this year I felt it had a very strong voice. The animals and the respect/love you have for them along with so many amazing quilt projects. That is what comes to mind for me when I think of your blog. I think I blog for the very same reasons you do – I just don’t have animals – no wait I have kids they often act like animals…

  11. Those are beautiful shots of different animals..

    Visiting late for WW! Here’s my share- hope you can stop by:)