Friday, July 13, 2012

Wild Horses!

I didn't have work yesterday or today and since we didn't do anything yesterday we decided to take a drive back to the Ochoco Mountains and see if we could get another half cord of wood today.  If we couldn't find anything we figured we'd at least have a nice picnic.

The last time we were up here we saw this sign.

But we didn't see any wild horses.  

Today, in spite of it being "unlucky" Friday the 13th, we got lucky, thanks to Hubby's good eye!  I don't believe in superstitions anyway.

Look closely!  In fact I encourage you to click on the pictures to enlarge.

They're in there!

I sure wished I had my telephoto lens with me but I just had my regular lens and I was able to get fairly close.  But don't worry!  Though I was charmed by the bucolic scene I knew better than to tempt fate.  

I kept a wary distance, ready at a moment's notice to sprint back to the truck, or at least hide behind a big tree should one of the horses take umbrage with my proximity.

I was pleased to see the horses in this band were all very healthy looking.  This mare was almost fat.

Maybe she's expecting a late foal?

As I looked through the trees I could see there were more horses than I originally thought.  They were all either dozing placidly or quietly munching the forest grass.  

This is the same picture as above, only enlarged.  He blends in nicely.

Some were hiding better than others.

This is almost the same shot as above.  I moved a little closer.  The horse is smack dab in the middle of both shots.

And a few hours later as we were leaving we were lucky enough to see them again.  They had just moved about a mile to this stream.

Pretty cool, huh?

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Anonymous said...

I think next June you need to help do Inventory! What beautiful animals! Pretty exciting to see them.

Anonymous said...

Man, that is so cool! I would have thought wild horses lived in a plain instead of in a forest, but obviously, they seem very healthy and content.

Kathy said...

Good eye to hubby!!
Nice to see them is good condition too! Sounds like a cool day!