Keep in mind, I'm not a videographer- all these videos are clips spliced together from a hand-held pocket camera, but still fun to view the horses in motion in their regular activities.
This trip, I came away with over 2,600 photos, and a lot of great video clips. We photographed the mustangs with Terry Smith and Patti Braxling Smith and had an incredible and fun time. We celebrated Terry's birthday, 4th of July, and my birthday all at the same time- a wild time it was with tons of images and videos.
The first day, it was blazing hot- in the 90s. We were photographing out in the searing heat of the sun... and a stifling heat that felt like you were sitting in a cloths dryer after being on high for a while. Immersed in what I was doing, I finally look up and around, and the other three bailed and were sitting comfortably under a shady juniper tree sipping bottles of ice water, observing me observing the horses... We photographed some more and headed up the mountain to get some reprieve from the heat, and cooled our hot dawgs in the Blitzen river for some relief- a couple trout jumped and splashed near.
We photographed Freedom/Takoda's band at a waterhole, as well as a band of young bachelors near, and a micro band of young stallion, Noah, with this first mare- out of Honor's band. Most notable moment moment was when Noah moved toward the young bachelors and they all ran off... but he caught up to them, but instead of fighting them, sparred and played... leaving his mare up on a hill all by herself. He kept going farther and farther, fully engrossed in his playtime. Glory stood alone, looking toward where he was and looking around. Freedom noticed her, keeping his eye on her intensely, even moving closer, assessing the situation. It was clear that he noticed her alone and you can see him processing the opportunity. In the nick of time, Noah, the dark stallion returned, pausing, and observing Freedom observing his mare. Back to Glory, Noah went.. all was back to normal when it could have gone all askew for Noah. In the evening of the 4th of July, we had an unforgettable time with rain clouds that colored the sky- distant rain curtains, as far as the eye can see... and wind gusts picked up causing some excitement for the mustangs- and of course us with incredible photo ops. After the sun set, out came the 4th of July light show... red and white clouds against the blue sky... Truly awe-inspiring and hands down the best Independence Day light show I've ever seen.... facebook.com/mustangmeg1/photos/a.10153368692728956.1073741871.226517823955/10153384238143956/?type=1&theater .
The following day we hiked into the deep back country- a mile or two north and east farther than where the mustangs had been previously for months in a large herd of multiple bands. We sat on boulders, snacked, and watched four bands converge, which.. with all those stallions mixing it up, fireworks happened then as well.
That evening we were treated to a distant thunderstorm and it's own lightshow and deep rolling rumbles behind a couple young bachelor stallions grazing peacefully. The waterhole reflected another incredible sunset colored brilliantly by wildfire smoke, and we listened to the night hawks, killdeer, and coyotes around us.
Another brilliant time in our wild- wild west...
Let's keep the west WILD!