Sense of Now

Perhaps some of the greatest enjoyment in observing the newborn foals is the sense of no past nor future. Newborns live utterly in the present; this, of course, forced by their lack of lifetime and only the promise of potential. There is, I think, a great distraction and lesson in this sense of now. This filly is one day old and watching her (like the others) is a rare joy. Every day responsibilities fall away in the wake of the new foal’s discoveries and reactions. They earn your undivided attention. They inspire empathy and and all time is lost in wonder at their real-time strategies.

wild horse photography of a sturdy newborn filly
A sturdy newborn filly.

Babies Rock!

Announcing the arrival of the first foal for That Herd this year. This colt’s already proving to be a rock star; what with being born, and traveling and long and challenging distance in the same day. Good work, mother, and welcome to your new colt.

wild horse photography of a mare and newborn colt
The first foal of 2017 has arrived!

Evidence of Spring

There are no foals yet, but evidence of spring in abundant. Marching through a sea of insects, these young fillies are nearly slick with their summer coats, and filled with vitality after winter rains brought lots of new grass.

wild horse photography of fillies in a spring sunset
Moving through an endless mist of insects, the energy of these fillies is elevated by the approaching spring season.

Tall, Dark, and Handsome

Hello friends, I’ve been away from my computer for a couple of weeks. Springtime means new foals, so I expect to be posting on a more regular schedule now.

This horse might easily be underestimated due to his quiet, standoffish manner. I expect there is quite a lot going on in his mind though. He is observant and absorbs every nuance of his surroundings. He likes to be left alone, so I like this image of him, looking handsome and solitary. He does mingle and cooperate with his herd group so his alone-time is his preference.

wild horse photography of a handsome herd member
A handsome member of That Herd that could be described as standoffish.

Noisy Greeting

Two young (castrated) colts, completely full of themselves, mock battle and exaggerate with each other each time they come together.

wild horse photography of two colts greeting
Two young colts greet each other with noisy pawing but no aggression.

Inquiring Minds

Horses are naturally curious. Investigations are alert and often poised for flight. In a free range environment, there are so many opportunities for investigation the horses become relaxed and steady when exposed to new stimulus (most of the time).

wild horse photography of a curious filly
The curiosity of a horse is endless.

Mud and Green Grass

Several rainy storms have passed through this winter, creating lots of mud and green grass after many years of drought. For a time, paradise is being celebrated by all of the That Herd horses. This three-year-old colt is an example; any excuse to run and buck is exploited.

wild horse photography of a three year old colt
A young colt celebrates days of rain and mud and green grass.

Hero of the Day

“The sun, the hero of every day, the impersonal old man that beams as brightly on death as on birth, came up every morning and raced across the blue dome and dipped into the sea of fire every evening.”

–Zora Neale Hurston, The Gilded Six-Bits

wild horse photography of early morning grazers
Broken oaks have become a common backdrop for That Herd.

Patches of Light

At first light, several horses walk softly along a path in a wooded area while patches of light illuminate a hillside in the distance.

wild horse photography of horses in the woods
That Herd horses traveling through a wooded area.

Fleeting Moments

I can take a hundred photos of the same horse, but only very rarely do I feel like I captured a picture of the horse I see in in that moment. The differences in the images are slight, and without anything to compare it to, you, as a viewer would not find fault with the horse’s portrayal. For example, this image spoke to me while several other images that are very similar, did not. This is a complex young mare, who often disappears in a crowd. She is plain looking and quietly lives among her herd mates. These observations contrast the very real fact that she is an amazing individual with intelligence and fortitude. The less obvious qualities of a horse, when captured in an image, are priceless.

wild horse photography of a young mare
A young mare considers my appearance.



Free roaming horses have a mind of their own. They often strike out on their own temporary journeys without the inclusion of their herd mates. The horses mix and remix into smaller then larger groups, and sometimes prefer to explore independent of any company, like this intrepid mare and her new foal.

wild horse photography of a mare and foal in summertime scene
Unsettled summertime weather creates a dramatic sky over a mare and her new foal.

Kill The Dragon

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

–G.K. Chesterton

Following months of personal and national ups and downs, I/we can find comfort in the everlasting reality that all will be well. This yearling colt is running with several older horses in remote countryside. The lessons he is learning every day will fortify his life in the most productive ways.

wild horse photography of a yearling colt in scenery
Tagging along with the older horses, this yearling colt runs in some rugged country.





Happy Winter

Happy Winter. Left to their own devices, horses manage cold weather quite well. Just because That Herd has long summer weather seasons doesn’t mean they don’t experience periods of freezing weather and uncomfortable winter conditions. This is a filly I like decked out in her winter coat.

wild horse photography of a winter filly
Bear-like in her winter coat, this filly is unfazed by the cold that has begun.

To See Him is to Love Him

There is an air of fortitude and depth to this individual that is often unseen due to his obvious good looks, like a handsome man who is only judged for his visual appeal, his character and intellect deemed inconsequential.

wild horse photography of a horse with charisma
A horse with presence pauses to assess his surroundings.

The World is Huge

The world is vast, it’s huge. What a gift it is to have a bad-ass-mom to lead you through your lessons while young. I cannot think you a single mare, as a mother in That Herd’s free range environment, that was not resourceful, vigilant and very long on patience.

wild horse photography of a mare and new colt
A new foal obediently escorts his mother, marching along with her, stride for stride.

Time Passing

” … She holds her breath. As if to stop any more time from passing, to stop the future happening. The peacefulness of the morning is almost heartbreaking in its fragility.”  –Glenn Haybittle, The Way Back To Florence

wild horse photography of a curious filly
A cold, early morning adventure lead to the discovery of this, and other, beauties.




Hiding in Plain Sight

This group of yearlings keep their curiosity about people under tight control. After some searching under a blanket of low clouds and still air, suspicious pointy shapes (ear tips) in the distance turned out to be nine elusive yearlings.

wild horse photography of wary yearlings
A rough band of yearlings keeps their distance.

The World Before Me

“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman

wild horse photography of a band of horses on a hilltop
A band of young horses, from yearlings to a few years old, amble out from under the shelter of a hilltop oak tree.

The One That Stands In The Open

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and scorching sun.”

– Napoleon Hill

wild horse photography of a paint filly
A two-year old filly, at home on the range.

Still Sporting the Wild Look

About eight months has passed between these images of a riotous filly. As you can see, she still sports the wild eye and wild hairdo. She is as wary as they come, always the first to move away and prepare for flight.

wild horse photography comparing weanling and yearling filly
A filly, little older, a little taller, but still having a wild eye and wild hairdo.