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Alert, yet quiet family in the Piceance-East Douglas HMA in Colorado. To me, it’s always a successful visit if the horses don’t feel pressure to run away. Even better when they eventually ignore me enough to observe their normal behavior. It’s truly a gift to be amongst the wild ones and share their beautiful territory. 11/2016

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Beautiful wild family in the Piceance-East Douglas HMA of Colorado. The winter photography in this area is amazing, but sometimes a little tough to navigate. So worth it though. We spent several days here over our Christmas holiday. 🙂 (12/2016)

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Believe in the Magic

December 21, 2016

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Just a little bit of fun to celebrate the season… (Spotted over Piceance Basin, CO) 😉

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Sometimes, I’m walking in that very tall sagebrush, hearing horses, but not seeing them. So I’ll stop and just stand there and sometimes, curious horses will appear over all that brush to try to get a look at the “thing” in their domain. Such perfect moments. (Piceance-East Douglas HMA, Colorado 10/2016)

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The Magnificent Seven

October 20, 2016

We had a fun encounter a couple of weekends ago at Piceance with some horses that we seldom see. Tom, Malakai and I were hiking a ridgeline and had just turned around to go back to the Jeep. I was a little ways down the slope of the ridge, trying to get a photo of Malakai from a different perspective when I noticed something had his attention. Tom noticed too and as we turned to our left, we saw a group of horses running down the ridgeline directly towards us. Surprisingly, we didn’t hear them at all. We saw them and they saw us at about the same time. Without missing a step, the lead mare veered off the ridge and down the slope with the others close behind. I was glad I had my camera with me so I could share this encounter with others. 😉

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dsc_3947a-sCrossing a 2-track and starting up the facing hill.

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dsc_3984a-sThe stallion fell behind when he stopped, so he was off at full speed trying to catch up with his family. They are amazingly agile on the hills and mountainsides of Piceance.

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Though they had covered some ground from where we originally saw them, the whole encounter was over in only 2-3 minutes. Finally, there was just puffs of dust from where they had traveled. We felt fortunate that we had been where we were, when we were. Tom decided that this group should be known as, “The Magnificent Seven.” How appropriate.

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