The Leopard in the Tree

This young female leopard was quite comfortable on her perch. Her mother was in another tree nearby but we could only see her tail. Seeing a leopard in the wild was incredible~ I was surprised at how 'smallish' they are (especially compared to lions)
~photographed in Khwai Botswana Africa

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The Lioness

She was lying under some bushes with her cubs nearby. Such a breathtaking beauty. We could barely see the remains of a kill hidden beneath the branches. There is a drop of blood on her cheek. The entire story remains a mystery

Photographed in Savute Botswana Africa

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Wild Horses of Lincoln County, NM

Great news! The courts have ruled in favor of the wild horses of Lincoln County New Mexico! Captured wild horses will be returned to the wild and reunited with their stallion, who has been waiting 2 years and 54 days to see his family again. Congrats to all atWild Horse Observers Association - WHOA who fought for their freedom and WON !!! Thank you to Ann Slater for passing along the great news. 
I photographed this magnificent stallion in the Sierra Blanca Mountains, New Mexico April 2018. Such breathtaking beauty~ wild and free~ 
#wildhorseroadtrip

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Sutter: 1986 - 2018

Yesterday, the world lost an incredible horse.
It was 2013 when I first saw the great wild palomino horse Sutter in California. I actually gasped at the sight of him. He was all muscle and gold. His story was just as powerful.
At the age of two, Sutter was caught in a horrific roundup and adopted by a person who abused him terribly. Rescued by Neda DeMayo and Return To Freedom, Wild Horse Conservation, Sutter's gentle disposition responded to kindness and he became a model for compassion and forgiveness. He was especially loved by children who visited the sanctuary just to hug him and feel the velvet on his nose. In 2016, Sutter was named ASPCA' Horse of the Year', and last year he was inducted into the 'Horse Stars Hall of Fame'. The only wild horse to receive these honours. 
Sutter was an inspiration to us all, with a wild spirit and a huge heart to match. 
Yesterday, at the age of 32, Sutter passed away.
Much love and condolences to Sutter's best friend Neda DeMayo and all at the sanctuary who filled Sutter's days with joy. 
RIP beautiful Sutter. Run wild and free forever.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! We have so much to be thankful for... beautiful wide open spaces and natural beauty from coast to coast! 
It seems fitting to share this image of beautiful wild stallion, living as free as the wind on Canada's remote Sable Island! 
#thankful

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Father and Son

Over 500 wild horses live on Canada's remote Sable Island in the Atlantic Ocean. With the exception of one tiny pine tree, there are no trees on the island~ but plenty of driftwood that is carried from the Atlantic Ocean to the beaches. I was thrilled to capture this beautiful moment between a wild stallion and his young son as they snuggled together against an old log.
(photographed with long lens)

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Silver King

I photographed this incredible wild stallion a few years ago. He had been captured by gov't roundup~ he fought to keep his mares but was torn away from them. Look at the battle scars. But Silver King's story has a happy ending! Through the work of Return To Freedom, Wild Horse Conservationand donations received from compassionate people, Silver King was reunited with his mares and they run free once again

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World Animal Day

It's World Animal Day! It was about 4 degrees Celcius when we encountered this male lion in the bushes before dawn in Savute, Botswana. He had been calling out to his brother all night, and was still calling out when our guide Meier used old fashioned tracking skills to find him. He paid no attention to us as we observed him from a distance in our truck. A challenge to photograph because there was very little light~ but this image means so much to me~ and it is a reminder that all creatures big and small need our protection now more than ever
#WorldAnimalDay

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Wild Horse Road Trip

 Rob, Dude and me leaving for our wild horse road trip April 17 2018. We have no idea what we're doing

Rob, Dude and me leaving for our wild horse road trip April 17 2018. We have no idea what we're doing

On April 17, 2018 we left our home in Manotick Ontario to drive across North America in search of wild horses. 'We' being my husband Rob, my giant dog Dude, and me. Motor home life was new to us. We definitely pushed the limitations of an RV on mountain passes, gravel roads that lead to nowhere, rocky inclines that crumbled as we gingerly inched along... but somehow we traveled 12,970 miles (20,873 km) through twenty U.S states and 3 Canadian provinces, finding wild horses in 13 distinct areas: Sierra Blanca Mountains (New Mexico), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (Arizona) Tonto National Forest/ Salt River (Arizona), Cold Creek (Nevada), Virginia Range/Carson City (Nevada), Pioche (Nevada), Monument Valley (Arizona), Great Basin Desert/Onaqui Mountains (Utah), Sand Wash Basin (Colorado), Bighorn Canyon (Wyoming), Pryor Mountains (Montana), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota) and Rocky Mountain foothills, (Alberta Canada). There will be a story forthcoming, with the working title "You Know You're in Trouble When You're Using the Words 'Careen' and 'Cliff''. But for now, here is a collection of some of my favourite wild horse images from all over North America, photographed sometime between April 17th and June 22nd 2018. With massive thanks to my husband for keeping our RV from being airborne, and my dog Dude for always being game to do anything, at anytime, anywhere. Special thanks to the wild horses who continue to inspire us with their unbridled free spirit. Long may you run.

 Sierra Blanca Mountains, New Mexico

Sierra Blanca Mountains, New Mexico

 Sierra Blanca Mountains, New Mexico

Sierra Blanca Mountains, New Mexico

 Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

 Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

 Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona

 Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

 Salt River/Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Salt River/Tonto National Forest, Arizona

 Salt River, Arizona

Salt River, Arizona

 Salt River, Arizona

Salt River, Arizona

 Salt River, Arizona

Salt River, Arizona

 Cold Creek, Nevada

Cold Creek, Nevada

 Cold Creek, Nevada

Cold Creek, Nevada

 Virginia Range, Nevada

Virginia Range, Nevada

 Virginia Range, Nevada

Virginia Range, Nevada

 Virginia Range, Nevada

Virginia Range, Nevada

 Pioche, Nevada desert

Pioche, Nevada desert

 Pioche, Nevada desert

Pioche, Nevada desert

 Pioche, Nevada desert

Pioche, Nevada desert

 Monument Valley , Arizona

Monument Valley , Arizona

 Monument Valley , Arizona

Monument Valley , Arizona

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains, Utah)

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains) Utah

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains) Utah

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains) Utah

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains) Utah

 Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains) Utah

Great Basin Desert (Onaqui Mountains) Utah

 Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

 Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

 Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

 Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

 Pryor Mountains, Montana

Pryor Mountains, Montana

 Pryor Mountains, Montana

Pryor Mountains, Montana

 Pryor Mountains, Montana

Pryor Mountains, Montana

 Bighorn Canyon, Wyoming

Bighorn Canyon, Wyoming

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

 Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

 Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

 Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

 Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

 Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

 Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

September on Sable Island

The wild horses greeted our small group after we landed on the beach on Sable Island... an early sign that this was going to be a very special day! It was picture-perfect. A light breeze, flowers in bloom, and of course the star attraction: gorgeous spirited horses living wild and free in the company of seals and birds! With thanks to Kattuk Expeditions for a truly magical experience we will never forget!

 Reflections on Sable Island

Reflections on Sable Island

 Our ride

Our ride

 Sable Island welcoming committee

Sable Island welcoming committee

 Sable Island stallion on a ridge

Sable Island stallion on a ridge

 Sable mare and foal

Sable mare and foal

 Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

 Life at the freshwater ponds

Life at the freshwater ponds

 Play

Play

 Ipswich Sparrow ~ Sable Island

Ipswich Sparrow ~ Sable Island

 With my wonderful photographer friend  Tammy Beveridge  (thanks for the photo  Garry )

With my wonderful photographer friend Tammy Beveridge (thanks for the photo Garry)

 Devon (guide with  Kattuk Expeditions ) chats with Zoe Lucas, who has lived on Sable Island for almost 30 years. No one knows more about the wild horses than Zoe!

Devon (guide with Kattuk Expeditions) chats with Zoe Lucas, who has lived on Sable Island for almost 30 years. No one knows more about the wild horses than Zoe!

  Fred Stillman  (owner,  Kattuk Expeditions ) gathers the group for a celebratory toast!

Fred Stillman (owner, Kattuk Expeditions) gathers the group for a celebratory toast!

 Zoe Lucas on her beloved Sable Island

Zoe Lucas on her beloved Sable Island

 The plane has landed

The plane has landed

Here Mom, Let Me Give you Some Water

The African country of Botswana banned hunting in 2014 ~ as a result, the wildlife is thriving without fear. That's why I chose Botswana for my first African experience. It is an incredible place. Botswana has more elephants than any other African country~ and given that elephants are so intelligent, they are starting to cross into Botswana because they know they will be safe. This little baby was surrounded by giant parents and relatives who watched over her with tenderness and love.

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Voodoo of Sand Wash Basin

I was in Sand Wash Basin Colorado for 3 days this past June and was fortunate to spend incredible time with the wild horses, alongside my friend Meg Frederick. Just received sad news... the wild stallion Voodoo (pictured, on the left) severely broke his leg and was humanely euthanized. In this photo, Voodoo is challenging the elderly stallion Picasso for his mare. It took him several weeks, but Voodoo did not give up and eventually the mare joined him. Rest in peace Voodoo. I am so thankful that you lived your entire life wild and free, in the only home you ever knew.

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Keep Wild Horses Free

My friend, wild horse photographer Meg Frederick is doing what she can to help wild horses. We photographed wild horses in Utah and Colorado together this summer. Like so many others, we share a deep passion for these magnificent animals. in the past few days, the U.S gov't has rounded up 959 wild horses in Wyoming, killing 9 horses including 4 foals in the process. We are not living in the 1800's. This cruelty has to stop. Meg created #MyLifeMatters and has asked all horse lovers, animal lovers, advocates and photographers to keep the #MyLifeMatters movement going. This is a wild horse that I photographed with his feathery friend in Alberta in June. And yes, this issue knows no borders. Details of what has been happening: https://www.facebook.com/FreeWildHorses/

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High Five!

This summer, I spent a few days in Utah's Great Basin Desert as part of my 67 day wild horse trip. My goal was to photograph the wild horses that live in North America, and to share the issues that they are facing. The wild horses that live in the shadow of Utah's Onaqui Mountains are some of the most loved herds in America. Spending time with them is a joy and a privilege. Our hearts were broken over the fact that the gov't was to begin a major roundup of these horses beginning this September. Yesterday, it was announced that the gov't has decided to postpone the roundup until 2019. We will take that as great news, for now! Thank you to all who have added your voices in opposition to the cruel sweeping capture of these majestic animals.
These wild stallions of Onaqui appear to be celebrating! (in reality, they are asserting dominance over each other, but it's ok to think they are celebrating, just for the sake of this post! Lol !)

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