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.
On a recent trip to Botswana, there were so many magical moments. This was one of them.
We found a family band of wild horses in North Dakota's Badlands. This pair really made me smile. They were inseparable! Clearly friends for life
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/…
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 !)
The wild white stallion in this image is affectionately known as 'Old Man'. He is estimated to be close to 30 years old, and has lived his entire life wild and free in Utah's Great Basin Desert, in the shadow of the Onaqui Mountains. I traveled over 2,200 miles to see him, and spent an incredible day observing this magnificent stallion~ who has never lost his fighting spirit. But this fall, Old Man and the rest of the Onaqui herd will face the fight of their lives. The US gov't is planning a drastic roundup of these iconic wild horses~ but it's not too late to stop it. Comments about the roundup are being accepted until July 12th- PLEASE add your voice to help keep wild horses where they belong. In the WILD. Please click here: https://on.doi.gov/2lPaV0F
Also: if you are unaware of the issues facing wild horses, this is one of the best articles ever written on the subject:https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-cowboy-allies-say-all-…
And one more: A look at the numbers~https://americanwildhorsecampaign.org/issue
Ok just one more. If you want to be truly inspired by a wild horse hero, watch this video about Laura Leigh
With one ear, this wild palomino wears his battle scars proudly. Living wild and free in Utah's Great Basin Desert, I observed him being very gentle and sweet with his mares. But fully prepared to defend them at all costs. I just completed a two month road trip, covering over 14,000 miles (23,000 kilometres) to observe and document wild horses in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota, as well as the wild horses of the Alberta foothills in Canada. Right now, wild horses across the American southwest are fighting for their right to remain wild and free. They need our help. Please add your voice. Click here: https://on.doi.gov/2lPaV0F
It has taken me 10 days to write this post.... because this was not supposed to be what our 'wild horse road trip' was about. When Rob and I (and Dude the dog) left our home in Manotick Ontario a month ago, the goal was to find wild horses in the American southwest (and eventually Alberta), and to photograph them, wild and free~ from the places they were born, whether on a desert plateau, high atop a mountain range, or deep in a thick forest. I am very familiar with the serious issues facing wild horses. But I wanted to put a positive spin on it. If I could capture the beauty of these magnificent animals in the wild, hopefully I would in some small way connect more people to wild horses. An emotional connection can change the world. My story was supposed to be one of happiness and joy. As many of you know, ten days ago I was photographing wild horses in the desert on a beautiful morning in Cold Creek Nevada. I had no idea that this would be their last day of freedom, as the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) had announced a round-up beginning within 24 hours of the entire local herd, over 200 wild horses. Rob and I went to a town hall meeting and watched residents plead for their wild horses to remain free, to be enjoyed for generations to come. But, in the end, it was a done deal. When it comes to the various revenue-generating uses for public lands, the wild horses always lose. Wild horses don't make money. Having spent that very morning with some of the wild stallions, mares and foals in Cold Creek, I became determined to know the entire story. There are currently over 46,000 American wild horses in BLM 'holding facilities'. What happens to them once they get there? Perhaps we were naive when we drove to the BLM Wild Horse Facility in Fallon Nevada, where thousands of wild horses languish in captivity. We were stopped at the gate. I pleaded to see the horses but they were off limits. We were told to go to the BLM's 'Palomino Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Centre' about 90 minutes away. Here, the wild horses are 'processed'- meaning, they are given a tattoo, a serial number, the stallions are castrated and each wild horse is given a price tag of $125. This facility was open to the public. Rob and I were the only people there. Here are some photos of the holding corrals. It broke my heart. But I also wanted to show the breathtaking beauty of these once-wild horses. That's something no one can ever take away.
We are back on the road, more determined than ever to find horses, wild and free. I will never return to a holding facility. As for Dude, yesterday he spent the day at the Grand Canyon, made friends with a yellow lab, and shared our happy hour cheese and crackers. Sometimes I wish I was a dog.
I drove 4,000 miles to the American southwest to photograph one of the ultimate symbols of freedom: the wild horse. On Wednesday morning, I was in the desert in Cold Creek Nevada~ filled with joy, photographing gorgeous wild horse families. Only hours later, the gov't announced an immediate roundup of all 200 Cold Creek wild horses. They had decided that the horses were destroying the rangeland and they don't have enough forage. Within 24 hours, these wild horse families were being trapped, separated, stripped of freedom, packed into trailers and shipped to holding facilities. The gov't spin was that the horses were 'starving', and this was 'for their own good'. My photos tell another story. It is so heart-wrenching to know that these are some of the last photos of the Cold Creek horses living wild and free. This is the news story: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/…/cold-creek-resident…/1170937456
It was midday and the sun was high in the sky in Tonto National Forest, Arizona when we found these wild horses fast asleep in the Salt River. I photographed them from the other side of the river~ and observed them for over an hour~ they didn't move. Such a deep sleep in the cool river.#wildhorseroadtrip
I am currently on a road trip throughout the American southwest, in search of wild horses. At 8,000 feet elevation in the Sierra Blanca mountains, Ruidoso New Mexico~ an incredible experience unfolded as these magnificent wild horses appeared in the forest. There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing horses living wild and free. They are unlike any animals on earth.#wildhorseroadtrip
This wild horse made me smile with his ‘hippie vibe’!
The Mongolian people adore horses. They are very respected and an important part of Mongolian culture. Photographed on the Mongolian steppes near the Altai Mountains
I spotted this spotted horse living wild in the shadow of the Altai Mountains in Mongolia. We were documenting Wild Przewalski’s horses with Animal Experience International when this horse appeared. Many researchers believe that the origin of the Appaloosa can be traced to Mongolia. Such a stunning animal!
My dog Dude and his Easter bunny. Happy Easter and Happy Passover everyone!
One of my goals for the time I spend on this earth, is to encourage people to go out and experience wild horses. For starters, wild horses live in beautiful places. Once you see a family band of wild horses in their natural habitat, as free as the wind~ well, you will never forget it. And they are easy to find! From Calgary, rent an SUV, drive north and in less than 2 hours you will see the wild horses in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Bring the kids and experience the magic.
It's a beautiful day! If you are in the Byward Market today, pop by Bluebird Coffee Gallery, 261 Dalhousie anytime between 1 and 3 for an afternoon vernissage. 'The Horse' is my new exhibit of framed horse images from Sable Island, France, Alberta, Utah and Nevada. Would love to see you there! Cheers!
Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! A day to honour wildlife and to pledge protection for the health of their habitats.
This grizzly was fishing in BC's Great Bear Rainforest. It was fun to watch her walk slowly down the river, 'feeling' for salmon with her giant paws!
Happy Valentine's Day! In the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, this wild stallion is clearly attempting to make a heart-shaped Valentine out of snow. I wonder if the mares are impressed? lol