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We found more Wild Mustangs! It was an amazing long week-end. The horses were cautious with our approach, but Jamie and I learned the ways while on our trip in July, so we approached as we were taught and sure enough the horses let us get near. Nearer than we’d ever been! One mare was overcome with curiosity and approached my friend T! She was a hair away from petting its nose before it startled a little.
I need to ask her if I can share that image. I was just 3 feet from her! Then the mare and her Stallion came heading for me, and I backed up…the Stallion gave me pause. What if he didn’t like me. I wasn’t ready for that fight! The mare understood and veered away.
Once a family unit crossed right between my friend Jamie and I. It was so close we had to back up! It was incredible! They were within feet of me and her, and so close I couldn’t focus! Such a problem for a wildlife photographer to have right? I wished I brought two cameras lemme tell ya! I regretted the decision not carry my second camera.
The horses stay more or less in family units of a mare, foal, older daughter, and the ever watchful and protecting Stallion. The family units are spread out through the meadow with the bachelors are the outer edges. The bachelors. There’s a whole nother subject, and I have images! I’ll share if you don’t get tired of horses.
Here’s one family that hung out close to us. They’re beautiful, and the light was really good just then.
On the home-front:
It’s been wonderful having Big Baby Boy home. #1 Grandson is in heaven having him here, and the two are having good fun building with Legos, and going to the park together. He and Baby Girl got some quality brother/ sister time in, and they even got to hang out with dear school friends while here. I’m already dreading his departure on Thursday, but The Dark Haired Beauty, and work will be wanting, and needing him back.
The Wine Train was a lot of fun. We both enjoyed it and would do it again. I didn’t get any good images of the exterior of the train engine. They don’t let you near it unless you’re in the first car and boarding. We weren’t we were in the last car.
I’m hoping we have a clear sky on the 27th through the 31 to photograph Mars. It will be the brightest and closest it’s been to Earth in 15 years I believe. Even if you don’t want to photograph it go out and look! It will be at its highest point at midnight and be visible most the night. Look for it about 35 degrees from the southern horizon.
I hope your week is going well, and you have a wonderful week-end!
Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 2018
more to come..
32 thoughts on “Wild Wednesday 30/52 A Family Unit”
Such a heartwarming photo Deborah. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the wine train!
Thank you so much Amy! Both will live long in my memories of good times.
What an amazing experience!!! Photos are wonderful
Wonderful photo in good bright diffuse light…and a very special experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
Cher Robert! Thank you so much for popping in and leaving me a lovely comment. You’re right I won’t forget the experience. It was quite magical.
OMG! What an experience, Deborah. That is one you will never forget. Wow… I can barely imagine. I love the shot of the group. Just gorgeous. Hugs!
I can tell you’ve had a wonderful family get together. That is wonderful. And, please, don’t ever think this reader will get tired of horse photos. They are amazing. 🙂
Thank you so much Judy!
So beautiful, in color and subject and movement. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing that.
I feel like I haven’t seen Mars in a while. Maybe it was more visible when we lived in Georgia. I wonder if it’ll appear same here as where you are. I’ll Google that. Thanks for the heads-up!
I’m sure it’s going to be tiny even using my telephoto lens, but I’ll look anyway, and snap a photo or two.
I’m so glad you like the image. That little family was striking. I just loved the white dappled mare, and the fawn’s face. SO CUTE!
Great shot of the Horse Family and love the exciting backstory!
Thanks so much Gordon, it was exciting!
omg, omg – I could feel the excitement from just your words! That would have been totally surreal!! Love the photo and yes – more please!
It was surreal at times Joanne! I hope to get some more good looks, of them again next month. I’m hooked on these wonderful animals.
You are hooked! I hope your 3rd experience is just as magical 🙂
Thank you so much!!
You know I’m always ready to see horse photos, Deborah, and this one’s a beauty! Glad to hear the wine train was fun.
Thank you so much Janet! I’ve got so many horse images now. 😊🐴🐎
Such a beautiful photo, Deborah. I lived in Sonoma for seven years and never rode the wine train. I wish I had.
Thank you John! It was a fun experience.
Such an absolutely amazing photo! What an experience that must have been. The positioning of the horses, color and light were just perfect. I would love to see more photos, please pose more. Good luck with Mars!
Thank you so much! Fingers crossed for some clear nights!
Lucky lucky you getting so close, what magnificent animals. No I will never tire of seeing your horse photos. Pleased the train trip was enjoyed
Thanks so much Pauline! Glad to hear you won’t tire of the horse images. I have so many!
Wonderful picture, and yes, please, would love more of the horse!
Thank you so much M!
The photograph of the family is amazing! I am glad you learned how to get near these magnificent animals. And no, I will not get tired of horses…just so you know.
Glad to hear that the wine train was a good experience. Sorry you missed the engine, but, that wasn’t the point of the trip. Also sorry you’ll be losing your company, but at least you’ve had a good time.
Good luck snagging a good image of Mars.
Thank you Dan!
I didn’t find a good spot to see the engine from outside the terminal, and they don’t let you out to the quay until time to board. I think one way to do it is to be somewhere down the line while the train is passing through town. You wouldn’t have to twist my arm too hard to get me to return for that.
What a remarkable experience Deborah and a wonderful photograph!
Thank you so much Belinda!