Featured Image for May 2022

"Mustang Mood Light"

I have a whole series of photos of this herd moving across the hill where we were watching them, late in the day.  I love the rich color in the dust they stir up when the sun is low in the sky, and the high contrast that produces these beautiful less detailed horse shapes that just represent the whole iconic horse image.  I spent a day with the mustangs in San Luis Obispo last month (without my camera!) and just reconnected with them and the magic they bring to my life.  They remind me to be present and worry less; to be here now.

This image was taken at Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, California on July 17, 2021.   This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

Featured Image for April 2022

"Forever Friends"

This was a touching moment between "Magum Opus" (front) and "Love the Night Sky" behind him.  These two stallions were stall mates growing up and have played together since birth.  "Magum Opus" is affectionately known as 'Mo' and is 1/2 Shire, 1/2 Gypsy.  His mother is "Magic" and his sire is "Seneca".  He was born in June 2018. 

"Love the Night Sky" was born on the 4th of July, 2018!  An American Saddlebred, he got his name because he was born on Independence Day and his coat pattern looks like fireworks.  He is homozygous tabiano, which means all of his offspring will have the same coat pattern.  This is very rare in American Saddlebred.

This image was taken at Greg Davis' Making Pegasus ranch in Lockwood, California on March 3, 2022.   This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

"Light and Breezy"

Luca is 1/2 Holsteiner Warmblood, 1/4 Friesian, and 1/4 Percheron and is 17.1 hands tall (that's big).  Luca is derived from the Latin name, Lucas, meaning “bringer of light.”   He loves to play-spar with his stallion mate Thunder that he grew up with; both born in 2019.

This image was taken at Greg Davis' Making Pegasus ranch in Lockwood, California on January 16, 2022.   This image of the month has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

Featured Image for February 2022

"July Sunset"

I love watching the horses move together and I love a sunset, so here you go!  This image has been added to the on line Fine Art Gallery!

This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on July 17, 2021.   

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.   

Wild Mustang Featured Image for September, 2021

"Into the Sunset"

This band was making their nightly migration to the part of the sanctuary where they would spend the night, huddled together for safety and rest.  It's interesting to watch them.  Sometimes they graze their way from one spot to another, sort of moving in various clumps in the same direction, subtly so that you aren't really sure if they have a direction, but they do.  Other times, they walk in a line, like you see here.   

This image was taken in San Luis Obispo on a Return to Freedom photo safari on July 17th.  The sky was a bit blah, so I dropped in a few clouds and some nice sunset colors to create a little more mood in the image. 

Featured Image for August 2021

"Charlie"

At Return to Freedom's Lompoc Sanctuary, there's a pasture where rescued stallions live.  There are several stallions that stand out each time I go visit.  Some because they look unique and I can tell who they are, and others because of how they behave.  Two that have captured my attention each time are El Presidente and Charlie.  These two hang out together and have formed as much of a friendship or partnership as two bachelor stallions can.  

I was in Lompoc to help with a photo safari in July and captured some great new images of both stallions.

Featured Image for July 2021

"I can fly"

I took a departure from my usual style this month. I found this image of a beautiful red roan mustang that I photographed from above in a barn in May of 2019 and I love how it shows off her mane, but there was nothing but the dirt floor underneath her. "How can I create an image that gives us something to look at -- and gives HER something to look at besides the ground?" I asked myself.

So I looked for an image looking down from above to put underneath her and found this image on Unsplash by Ed Maughan of Wales. It felt ok for a red haired mare to be matched up with the coast in Wales. As I worked on this image, I got the feeling that the mare and I could just fly off this cliff and over the beach and on down the coast. My experience this past month has been of a re-emergence into what feels like a more normal life without masks in public. It has felt freeing and like a taking off point into the future. So here you are, my image for July 2021. May you fly. May we all fly.

This image will not be printed or sold. It is a collaboration with Ed Maughan and is purely for the celebration of life and the beauty on this planet. Thank you Ed. #edmaughan @edmaughan

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