Horse before the Storm | East Wenatchee, WA | 2014
The fist flies in an arc only to stop a quarter-inch from the kung fu master’s face. He never flinches, for there’s nothing to fear. He lives in the moment, and in that moment the punch did not connect. The horse Stella stands in similar fashion: feet on ground, nose to grass, aware of the approaching storm but not panicky. Her present moment unfolds calmly with no alarm. Something bad might happen, but not just yet.