Living Free

Towards the end of winter, we decided to take a mini-vacation and drive over to Jackson, WY and Grand Teton National Park.  It’s a trip that we do generally a few times a year, but each year is so very different and 2018’s winter trip was mind-blowing.  The next few blogs will share some of the images and stories from that trip.

But first … on our way into Jackson, WY, we made a stop to see the wild horses outside of Rock Springs, WY.  The fabulous 24-mile adventure into the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop trail, on BLM land in WY to be precise.  It can be accessed there or in Green River, WY.

500_2136Approximately 1500 head of wild horses call that property home.  They are truly wild … untamed.  Many are descendants from those that lived there on cattle ranches during the 1800’s.500_2224When we first drove in, which was in the later afternoon, we were worried that we might not find any of the horses, but we quickly realized that would not be the case.  500_2289-EditFirst we found a solo horse or two … not really sure why they weren’t part of any particular band.  They were all so beautiful and free.  That concept appealed to me and I found their presence exhillerating.500_2231-Edit500_2298-Edit-EditThere were mares, stallions, and some young ones as well.500_2336I wanted to add that here, though we didn’t see any, there are also other wildlife spotted such as deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, rabbits, coyote … and an assortment of hawks, eagles, and sage grouse.  We did see a male northern harrier that fly next to our truck for quite some time … guess he knew that I couldn’t capture an image in the low light.  Such pesky buggers otherwise.  LOL500_2288On this particular day, it was quite windy and that wind was blowing through their manes and the sage brush as well, as well as called out in the air, and it heightened our experience.500_2475-EditMost endearing to me were the mare and colt encounters.  So beautiful, nurturing, and loving … yet so free to be.  🙂500_2718I took many of images, but chose just to share a sampling.  Before long, the sun began to quickly descend into the early night.  The temperatures also began to drop … remember despite the lack of deep snowfall, it was still winter.

One of my favorite shots, and one to bid adieu with, was this horse, which with another were getting quite frisky and began to jump around as it trotting off into the distance.  Nothing like kicking up your heels in joy!  Why not, we should all live so freely.  🙂500_2625Next up:  Birds of the Tetons

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