For years I had wished on all my adventures out with the wild herds of finding a gorgeous wild grey mustang. This trip in particular, it was something I really wanted ...thinking we were winding down the day, driving on a dirt road, sun dropped behind a somewhat dark ominous cloud, mist starting in the air...we climbed a small hill and there he was in the middle of the dirt road, standing strong with his head turned back to us. Not frightened. Noble. Proud. Strong. He took me with him, literally showing me his herd of all grey mares with their yearlings and foals on one side of the road, then every so gracefully and confidently walking to the otherside of the road and out onto a plateau of rocks that over looked his valley. He was not bothered with my presense at all, just took me on a journey with him. Salt Wells HMA covers over 1 million acres and was stripped of 2100 wild horses by helicopter just eleven months prior to my visit. He had every reason to flee from me. Wildness Matters.
"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life".~Dalai Lama
Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. Bradley Whitford
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.~ Wendell Berry
This young, beautiful, graceful filly on the verge of becoming a mare...was gravely wounded. It was painfully apparent one of her front fetlocks was broken and she was struggling to move. She was a daughter of the stunning grey stallion I spoke of earlier in this collection. My unicorn. The entire band was not willing to leave her side for anything...they moved at her pace...which was slow. Not one member of her herd was going to leave her side. I fear she is now perished. A round up happened about another year after these images were taken. She may very well have healed, but would have never survived a helicopter stamped with her injury. This is the second time in my adventures I have witnessed this level of injury and this level of commitment by the herd. Love Sustains all.
Stunning, young, bold up and coming leader in the wild. My only hope is that is still his scenario - he may have been rounded up later this same year, with an unknown fate laying ahead of him.
This herd was the most special and perfect example of family. Not at all willing to leave anyone behind...they were into their survival ...together.
Young bachelors, young misplaced fillies...all trying to figure out who belonged to who, who liked who and why...an amazing afternoon spent watching these youngsters with no older parental control trying to make some order in their beautiful and wild world.
A young Salt Wells, Wyoming filly. 2011
Two young, wild stallions deciding if they are up for a challenge today or not.
“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
A stallions mare and family is everything to them.
A young, stunning resting mare in the afternoon. Her attention is clearly on me, however, not prompted to move. An honor I take home with me from each visit.
I find the dialog between anything wild...intoxicating.
Many times in life...you just need to "look up"...had I not, this would have been missed. A stunning stallion, resting high upon the adobe rocks in Salt Wells, Wyoming.
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