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Wild Dappled Grey Mare : We found a herd of wild horses with a Dappled Grey mare and her foal.  The deep snow had them on the move for better grazing.

Wild Dappled Grey Mare

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We found a herd of wild horses with a Dappled Grey mare and her foal. ...

Updated: Feb 06, 2014 10:35am PST

Wild Horses in the Snow : Winter is always a struggle for animals in the wild.  With our cold weather and the great amounts snow this winter, I am sure that it will be a tough year for them.  A while ago we went out hoping to get the wild horses in the snow.  With the flat light and the fine snow often looking like camera noise, it was difficult to get great picture. I hope however that you will enjoy these shots taken in a very different environment than we usually experience.  Look for the stallion in strange camouflage mode, as well as the Hawk Owl (winter pose), Grey-crowned Rosy Finches and even a cow moose.  

When we started this trip there was no snow on the ground.  By the time we finished, the SUV was plowing snow and the road conditions were extremely icy.  We almost hit the ditch way out in the wilderness so I hope you appreciate that we risked our lives to get these shots for you.  Don't try this on your own.  These photos were taken by professionals (Well, I admit not professional photographers or drivers)!  Enjoy.

Wild Horses in the Snow

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Winter is always a struggle for animals in the wild. With our cold we ...

Updated: Dec 20, 2013 10:03pm PST

Wild Stallions & Mare : Gallery 5 Wild Stallions and Mare:  

The final day was very special.  I met an old friend.  We crossed paths with the incredible wild stallion that I had come face to face with a couple of years ago (see Wild Stallion Gallery).  We had been looking for the stallion for a few days, when like magic, three horses came over the hill and ran across the road into an open space on the other side.  If we had been minutes earlier or later we would have missed them entirely.   My equine friend was with another stallion and a mare, both with a white flash down their face.  The older stallion appeared to be the dominant stallion but that was at risk with my friend, who wasn’t to be run off this time.  He had gained weight and bulk from the last time we had seen him.  After a dust-up with the other stallion he approached us to check us out but this time was not quite as close or agitated as he had the earlier encounter.  Perhaps he remembered us as we did him, or at least that is how the story will be told.  Since we are now friends, I have to give him a name.  I think Thunderbolt would be fitting given the burnt meadow, ghostly appearances, spunky nature and powerful stallion that he represents.   

Thunderbolt approached us a again, closer this time, and stood for a while, snorting, tossing his head and absorbed the situation.  Once satisfied, he quickly turned and with all the spunk and snorting, he did a couple of years ago, he pranced away.  This time he gathered up his herd and off they went with the occasional pause to look back.  I wondered if this was the last time I would seem him, or if he would become one of the victims of the wild horse round-up.  I hope not.

Wild Stallions & Mare

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Gallery 5 Wild Stallions and Mare: The final day was very special. ...

Updated: Dec 14, 2013 5:51pm PST

Wild Horses and Scenery :

Wild Horses and Scenery

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Updated: Dec 15, 2012 2:42am PST

Black Hills and More : Our September, 2006 trip to the Badlands, Black Hills and Devil's Tower with side trip through upper Mississippi Valley on return.

Black Hills and More

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Our September, 2006 trip to the Badlands, Black Hills and Devil's Towe ...

Updated: Oct 06, 2006 6:40pm PST

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