Photo is by Christina Handley - an award winning equestrian photographer who lives in Canada. With a career spanning over 18 years, her images have appeared in many well known equine and farm publications.
Christina and her husband Boyd live on a working farm in southern Ontario, and her photos reflect real life in agriculture and with horses. They own draft horses, beef cattle and a myriad of other farm animals, housed on lovely picturesque acres that include traditional farm outbuildings; we frequently see them all immortalized via her camera.
Her appreciation and reverence for the rural lifestyle is apparent in the sensitivity of her images, and this one is no exception. Dapple grey Dash is owned by Randy Robertson, and lives in Lakefield, Ontario. On this particular day it was snowing hard, and capturing the snow, while keeping the camera dry and the lens clean was a challenge. Thankfully, Christina was prepared, with the skills and equipment to capture this lovely winter scene - each snowflake as if carefully placed by the hand of God, echoing the same snowflake pattern in the coat of His most wondrous creation, the horse. Christina tells me that this particular picture has had no Photoshop editing done to it, and that it had been previously rejected by other photo buyers because they thought it had been artificially augmented!