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Wild Horses of Wyoming

Wild Horses of Wyoming

What can I say….”WOW, WHAT An INCREDIBLE TRIP!”

 

Wild Hores of Wyoming.  The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range located in Wyoming is no secret to the world. You can google the range, buy books about the horses and you can even look up their names that people have given them.
These horses are unique.  Thier lineage links back to the Spanish Conquistadors and these horses ancestors have been wondering the mountains well before any of our time. The thing that I found to be so amazing, was that the horses are just up in the Pryor Mountains, existing all on their own in a serene oasis of an environment.

The Adventure Begins

Wade and I loaded up the 4 wheelers, checked the Pups into the puppy spa for the week and set off on our way to Red Lodge Montana. I had been hearing about this so-called “Wild Horse Range” from my friend Colleen. Colleen, a fellow photographer and her husband Jim, or “Jimmy” as I like to call him, had traveled high up into the Pryor Mountains via ATV’s to go and see these horses on a number of occasions. Colleen had been telling me about this place for a number of years and I was so happy when we finally set a date for them to take Wade and me into the Pryor’s to go and see them.

60 miles from Red Lodge, just over the Montana/Wyoming border;  we wound our way from the lush green pastures of Montana into the desert barren red rock landscape of Wyoming. I had no idea that Wyoming could look so much like Moab in specific sections, but we had found ourselves on a Red dusty hot desert road, on route to the base of the Pryor’s.

After unloading the ATV’s and getting all of the gear strapped down, we headed out! The Hot sun was pounding down on our backs and we had  2 hours, around 26miles of ground to cover. We were headed UP.  High up into the mountains, approximately 8500ft up.

The canyons weaved around switchback style, up cliff’s and around dry desert dirt trails. The vegetation, mostly Sage Brush, littered our surroundings releasing a wonderful fragrance in the air as we motored on by. The sun was HOT…I mean, it was maybe steadily in the high 80s, but when you are in the desert, away from the shade and water, you seem to only be able to focus on how dry everything looks and how dry the back of your mouth feels!

Around 12miles in, Wade and I stopped to see our first wild horses. Most of the horses stay up high, where the vegetation is rich and green and the temperatures are cooler.   Some of the Wild horses though wander down into the “Dead Zone” or the canyon below where foraging for vegetation is difficult, but luckily drain ditches to catch water and wells are set up to help hydrate the herd as they move around the area.

Colleen and Jimmy led the way up the hillside, stopping here and there to take in the views and point out specific features. As we climbed up the canyon, looking out to the West, you could see the Beartooth Mountain range and to the east, the Big Horn canyon. As we ventured higher and higher you could start to see Mustang piles on the trail. Jimmy told me that Mustangs will relieve themselves on other Mustang piles in order to assert dominance. The red rock eventually turned into trees and then suddenly the hillside looked like we had stepped out into rolling green hills of Ireland.

As we made the final push up the hillside, we eventually could see the horses off in the distance. All hanging out in the hot afternoon sun and squished together on a leftover pile of snow. Attempting to stay cool and hopefully ward off the relentless bugs, the horses just relaxed and didn’t pay much attention to us, onlookers.

The green pastures looked fake, especially after just climbing up from the red dusty dry canyon below. The best way to describe what I saw, was that it was like a mirage or an oasis. This Oasis was sitting in the middle of nowhere. Crowds of horses and some people observing each other. The horses going about their business; Mustangs trying to keep their ladies in check and the continually asserting their dominance over of their male counterparts in order to not loose any of their females.

We found a pretty little spot to set up camp for the night, with a view of the horses in front and a view of Big Horn Canyon out back and below, we cooked ourselves a feast fit for kings and settled into photographing and enjoying the surroundings.  That evening, storms rolled overhead, creating an amazing sunset and light that would have been any photographers dream. I photographed over 225GBs worth of images in that day and a half we spent up in the hills.

This trip and experience is hard for me to put into words. I am better at taking images, then I am at describing what I saw, thought and felt.

I just feel very fortunate to have had this adventure. Getting out of the norm and going off into the wilderness is not only photographically inspiring to me but it’s one of those adventures that I like to classify as a

“GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL ADVENTURE”

 

Enjoy the gallery of images. I know there are a lot!

Equipment Used: Nikon D4s, Sigma 150-600mm Sport,

Nikon D810, 70-200mm f2.8, 16-35mm f4 and Sigma 24mm f1.4

The pictures at the end are from the Bearthooth Mountain range. We where lucky enough to come across a family of Mountain Goats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke and Jakes Wedding

Brooke and Jakes Wedding

What a great day we had back in Mid August at Jacks Saloon in Lolo Montana. Brooke end Jake had a really fun wedding. It was a great time to photograph and Jacks Saloon is a pretty cool location as well. So much congrats to Brooke and Jack and there little bun in the oven as well!

We started the day off at Lolo Hot-spring’s and then headed over to the secluded Jacks Saloon in Lolo Montana. The weather was beautiful, like most of Montana summers are, and the ceremony was set up in a gorgeous location.

 

Here is a section from Brooke and Jakes Wedding:

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WCFC Fishing for Kids 2016

WCFC Fishing for Kids 2016

2008 was the first time I was invited to fly up to Langara Island and photograph a wonderful charity fishing event called, Fishing For Kids, hosted by the West Coast Fishing Club.

After missing the Fishing Fork Kids Tournement for the first time last year in 7 years, I finally found myself back in a small boat; driving around holding camera gear in the the pouring rain. Everything I absolutely love about Haida Gwaii!!!

Its hard to describe how amazing Haida Gwaii truly is. There is nowhere else in the world where I have experienced the harness and beauty of nature all at the same time. Humpback whales feeding in front of your boat; Bald Eagles diving down from the tree tops to pluck salmon out of the water and short squalls rolling through dumping buckets of rain.  All of these things happen on a regular occurance.

The only way I can sum up Haida Gwaii is that:

This place is just good for your SOUL. 

The fresh salt air, the rain, the waves, the squalls, the whales, the eagles and everything else that you witness out on the open ocean, all combined together  just seems to put a massive smile on my face and really made me appreciate how much I really missed it all.

Fishing For Kids along with the Canucks Autism Network and West Coast Fishing Club, raised over $800,000 this year. What an amazing event and a truly amazing place.

Cant wait till WCFC Fishing for Kids 2017!

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Darby Bullarama 2

Darby Bullarama 2

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The Darby Bullarama was full of exciting action packed Bullriding. Storms rolled through the Valley, with Lightening and Rain, but the bullriding didn’t stop. Here is a selection of images from that start of July event.

Nikon D4s, Sigma 150-600mm Sport Lens
Nikon D800, 70-200mm f2.8

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Bar D Ranch

Bar D Ranch

While in Texas a couple of weeks ago, it was business like usual at the Bar D Ranch.

Time to work cattle!!!!

The mamas where branded the first day and then the not so glorious Calf castration the next.

These images where shot on a Nikon D800, 70-200mm 2.8 Lens and Nikon D4s, Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art and Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens.

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