Featured Image for January 2022

"Sensing"

Wild horses are always using their eyes, ears, and sense of smell to inform their next move.  To approach, to run, to move away, to explore… they use the data they collect through their sensing to decide if it’s safe to explore, safe to connect, and ultimately, when it is safe to rest and to sleep. 

I was in a conversation this morning about the uncertainty of the future.  From a grand scale for the human population, the pandemic is still unpredictable, financial investment analysts are shrugging their shoulders, and severe weather events can occur almost anywhere.  L.A. had tornado warnings last month!  So, now is a really good time to go inward and do some personal sensing about what’s really important TODAY. 

Live life like there’s no tomorrow.  Be your ultimate self in every moment, today.


This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on March 15, 2021.   

Featured Image for December 2021

"Jalama in Black & White"

Jalama just has this amazing presence.  She seems curious about what I'm doing and she'll even influence the horses around her to come look, just because she's standing there watching me.  I just love this horse!

This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on March 15, 2021.   

Featured Image for November 2021

"Portrait of a Mustang"

Cristo was branded, identifying him as a Mustang.  I was curious about the branding, and found this information on the internet:

When a wild horse is rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), they are given a freeze brand on their neck. This marking indicates that the horse is federally owned. Each one is unique and has identifying information like birth date and capture location.  Captured horses are freeze branded on the left side of the neck by the BLM, using the International Alpha Angle System, a system of angles and alpha-symbols that cannot be altered.  Although it is generally accepted that freeze branding is less painful than hot-iron branding, it is still less commonly used. This is due to the fact that freeze branding is more expensive because the materials are less common and can evaporate if they are not kept properly cooled.


This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on June 29, 2018.   

May 2020 Mustang image release. I love Chief and love how the breeze gently lifts his mane in this image as he stopped to look over in my direction. Some images just speak to me and this is one. I'm ordering a large canvas print for my next exhibit!

Featured Image for April 2020

"Together"

A stallion will collect a group of mares.  A lead mare emerges, based on her sensibility - her ability to utilize all of her senses for the protection and well-being of the herd.  The lead mare is brave and wise.  The whole band, though, work as a collective to survive and thrive.  One of the inherent behaviors of a band or herd of any size is that when it's time to move, they all go together.

During our current experience as humans with the virus epidemic, I've heard repeatedly, "we're all in this together."  No matter our species, and no matter our predator or threat, it's better to deal with it together.

May all be and stay well.


This photograph of Chief's band was taken on May 20th, 2019 at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary location in Lompoc, in California's Central Coast region.
For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, visit the Return to Freedom website.

"El Presidente & Charlie"

"El Presidente, a beautiful bay stallion, was born in 2004 in the vast remote ranges of Northwestern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert."  Read his story on the Return to Freedom web site.

"Charlie was captured on state lands in Nevada’s Virgina Range. He ended up at the livestock yard where he would have been sold for slaughter. His mare and foal were spared and went to another sanctuary, and Charlie would have been herded into an auction ring and then onto a truck to Mexico for slaughter. We could not let that happen.

Charlie came to live at Return to Freedom Sanctuary where he is now part of a herd of 20 stallions from the Calico mountain range. He has become very bonded with El Presidente, one of the Calico stallions."

Read more about Charlie.

Both El Presidente and Charlie are in need of sponsors.

This photograph was taken on June 29th, 2018 at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary location in Lompoc, in California's Central Coast region.
For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, visit the Return to Freedom website.

Featured Image for February 2020
"Dawn's Eye"

"Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Here where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined."
Excerpt from the poem  The Horse by Ronald Duncan

Dawn was the ambassadress for Chief's herd.  She was gentle, beautiful, friendly, smart, and everyone loved her.  I was very sad when I learned she passed away last year.  In selecting a photo of her to share this month, I came across this one an immediately knew this was the one.  There are lots of photos of her, usually highlighting her beautiful mane, but this felt immediately intimate and fitting.

This photograph was taken on May 20th, 2019 at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary location in Lompoc, in California's Central Coast region.

For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, visit the Return to Freedom website.

Featured Image for January 2020

"Companionship"

I chose to introduce this image to mark the end of a decade and looking ahead to a new one.  It reminds me of duality, balance, seeing in all directions, looking forward and looking back, and most of all, the partnership of a trusted companion.  Horses don't lie or hide their feelings.  They size us up, know when to stand their ground and when to just walk away, uninterested.  In the lives of horses, bonds can be strong.  I love learning from the horses.

Wishing you all the best in the years ahead!  Happy New Year.


This photograph of two mustangs was taken on May 20th, 2019 at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary location in Lompoc, in California's Central Coast region.
For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, visit the Return to Freedom website.

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