I checked one of the items off of my bucket list yesterday morning when I spent time photographing, observing and being surrounded by a herd of wild horses in the West Desert of Utah. Sure, I have seen the wild horses on my travels in the western US but had never experienced the magic of being close to them and being accepted by them.
It is foaling season for the wild horses and there appeared to be about a dozen foals in the herd that Wade Haskell, Ron Dudley and I photographed yesterday on the desert floor. I suspect I don’t have to tell anyone how adorable they are and I am not sure my images truly do them justice.
What I do know for certain is that these horses captured my heart and I that I felt a deep sense of awe watching these horses going about the business of their daily lives.
Even though the foals are young they play fight…
While the adults are far more serious about it. The stallions defend their mares and their coats shows their battle scars. These fights happen quickly and don’t last very long.
While some of the horses fought other grazed, the foals nursed, played or napped and some of the horses just appeared to be curious about the three people in their midst.
I couldn’t help being enchanted by the Onaqui herd and at times I let my camera drop from my eyes so I could enjoy them without thinking about creating images.
Some days are magical and yesterday certainly was because of the company of two great friends and this incredible herd of wild horses.
All of these images were taken with a Nikon D300 with my Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens attached.