Mirror Of The Soul


I’ve always been fascinated by eyes. Belonging to both two, and four legged friends. They tell us so much. It’s true that some people learn to manipulate this to their advantage, but never animals. Animals live right here, right now. I love their honesty.

A few years back I started to collect my favorite close-up photos of horses, and dogs, with focus on their eyes. My intention was to publish it in a beautiful coffee table book; Mirror Of The Soul.  Well, unfortunately I lost the majority of my collection, due to some poorly protected files, and computer crashes. I could save smaller files of some of my favorites. Maybe in a few years my new photos of captivating animals eyes will be published, who knows? 🙂 For now, the photos in this post are my favorites. I think they speak a million words.

The first photo (above) is a wise, older, Arabian mare. She belonged to my friend Kate. She passed the rainbow bridge a while ago. The first time I met her, I visited my friend to take some family photos for her, and this mare told me, loud and clear, that she was part of this family. Her penetrating eyes were kind, but it was hard to meet her gaze. It was like if she was searching my soul. I had a challenging home life at the moment, I didn’t show that to any of my friends, but I couldn’t fool this mare. She was a confident alpha mare. Her eyes looked into my soul.



These trusting, beautiful eyes belongs to my German Shepherd Gretchen. She is the most loyal dog one could ask for. When my own ayes are failing, her eyes sees for me. She is 4 years old now.


These eyes also belongs to a German Shepherd. She never belonged to me, but I worked with her on and off for several years. If you compare her eyes, to Gretchen’s eyes, there is a big difference. This dogs eyes are insecure, and this was not a dog you could trust 100%. She was very insecure, and that means potentially dangerous, when it comes to dogs. Especially one powerful dog as a GSD. You can’t fully trust a dog like this. I come to love this girl very much, but I did not trust her. My dog Gretchen is of working bloodlines. Beautiful in her own way, but this girl came from a long line of show dogs. She was bred for her beauty. She was the most beautiful German Shepherd I ever seen. Physically she was perfect.


This beautiful eye belongs to a gorgeous rescue horse. An extremely flighty horse. He used to jump the fence when the neighbors car pulled up in their driveway. He had a strong dislike for men in general. I started him under saddle, and I spent a long time befriending him, before I started to ride him.


I think you can see that these curious eyes belongs to a young horse. In fact a wild mustang. This was the 5th day working with him, and we were able to take a walk outside the ranch he was stabled at. This is how focused he was on me, during our first walk. He was an incredible horse. A master of reading my slightest intent. During this walk, our very first one. I wouldn’t consider him halter broke, since it only was our 5th day together, I had no idea how he would act to things. Maybe it was stupid to take him out on a walk, but I could swear he begged me to. I had him in a rope halter, and a long lead rope, (for more control if I needed.) Halfway into the walk we meet a man. I can see from a distance that this is a man that I don’t particularly like. He lived in a house nearby, and he was always a little too friendly.  This mustang felt that. This early in our relationship. He was walking on my right side, but as we came closer he switched sides, to my left side, placing himself in between me and this man. He reared up when the man came to a distance of around 5 ft from us. Telling him to not approach. I encourage the horse to get down from his hind legs, and I took him over to the other side of the road. The man turns around, and gets back into his house. We continue our walk without further incidents.


Naturally I have to finish with my favorite horse Trigger. This was after our very first trail ride together. A moment to remember.

I hope you enjoy these Close-Ups. They are a part of this week’s Sunday Stills. Feel free to make your own entry. I would love to see it!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

42 thoughts on “Mirror Of The Soul

    1. PS. I did a variation of your delicious mozzarella/feta salad yesterday when we had guests. I used your recipe, but added some pasta. It was popular! Thank you again 🙂


      1. Thank you for asking. She is a mix of sleeping sweetness and wild playfulness, bordering on mischievous pest, lol! Growing so fast, doubled in size in a month, and looking healthy thanks to a better diet than I assume she had previously. Her coat was so rough and now is silky smooth.

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              1. A 17-yr.old cat (who is too old to be pounced upon!) and a 4 yr.old dog, who won’t tolerate any funny business. I let them figure it out. So far, it’s been working to let them find their boundaries. Bunny is fearless and endlessly curious, their snapping doesn’t faze her at all!

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  1. You touch the heart of animals to me as that’s exactly how I feel when you know they are looking at your soul. Such great photos! And I love the stories that go with them. How that young mustang protected you, And I can see the difference with the two dogs eyes, so very interesting! 💕

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  2. What an amazing idea for a book! I also believe you look into someone’s eyes, including animals. You can tell so much more about how someone is feeling or thinking that way.

    The reflection in the eye is just so awesome!

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    1. Thank you! These kind of photos mean something to me, and I would like to take them every day, but they only occur in very special moments. Thank you for your kind comment. I do believe that eyes tell stories, that we might not be able to tell with our words. I hope you’re having an amazing weekend.

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    1. Thank you! I was going to post only the photos, but added the stories last minute. I’m glad I did 🙂 I appreciate your kind comment. I hope your weekend was everything you wanted it to be 🙂


  3. Awe, thank you for thinking of me and your kind words. ❤️ Thank you for the link, what a wonderful experience to work with a wild mustang. 🐎 You are definitely a horse whisperer!!

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    1. At first I was going to post only the photos, but then I added the stories. I have so many similar stories, maybe I should take the time to write them down, before forgetting. Thank you for letting me know. Have a wonderful day! ❤

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  4. I’m glad I follow you through e-mail or I would have missed your beautiful post! the ping back didn’t alert me but I see it and stand in awe of how you beautifully captured each animal’s spirits and showed the love in both their eyes and in your lens, Maria!

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