I could whine about how cold it is here in the Blue Ridge Mountains but a quick look at The Weather Channel's map shows others farther north are suffering far worse. Yesterday I bundled up, packed my Nikon and Annie into the Jeep, and went for a ride around Valle Crucis. The wind was fierce, though the sun was reflected through the glistening veil of blowing snow. I visited the Taylor Farm where I gave the outdoor residents, Mr.Horse and Mr. Donkey a bit of camera love. Poor Mr. Donkey quickly became my favorite as Mr. Horse repeatedly nipped and head butted his rival out of the way. That, and when I was on my knees taking Mr. Donkey's photo, the horse bit my hat off and I'm a sucker for taking the side of the under dog.