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This was shot at a horse and cattle ranch along the Ys River (pronounced Why-ess). YS Falls is a popular attraction in St. Elizabeth, with 120 feet of cascades over the course of a quarter mile. I might dig out some pictures of them at a later date. Both the falls and the ranch are privately owned, tourists are ferried through several pastures on their way to the falls from the parking lot. I don't mind getting wet on a hot day, but the ranch held my attention almost as much as the falls. On rough count I saw around three dozen horses between two pastures, as well two to three dozen head of beef cattle (with evidence of more around).

While it in no way compares to any decent sized ranch in other countries where land is more readily available, the YS ranch is easily the largest in the area. There are probably larger cattle ranches in Clarendon or St. Catherine, but for an island where the average cattle herd is one or two head, a ranch with 1000 acres is huge.

Horse racing is a popular sport in certain circles on the island. Caymanas Park in Portmore (just west of Kingston) being the most well-known track. But still horses are far and few enough between to make me notice whenever I see one. From what I've gathered, most of the horses at YS are bred for racing. The tourist industry has also generated a small interest in stable horses for general trail riding.

I chose two different crops from two different pictures taken right after each other. The wider crop (including all of the tree on the right) is posted as workshop.

Sharpened, tweaked balance, cropped and resized.

ISO 50, focal 36mm, EC 0.0

PS, It's a joy to be able to shoot pictures of verdant green in the midst of February :).

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