Over the past few weeks, actually years, I’ve wanted to document how wild life continue to live and cope with climate change.
One thing is for sure….. the Earth will continue to live longer than mankind. It’ll evolve.
Seeing wildlife in their natural environment like killer whales, humpback whales, seals, eagles, falcons, wolves to wild horses, has always been a peaceful time for me.
These creatures, though they can’t speak our language, continue to thrive and are the masters of life.
Many of these animals carry a significant and spiritual role for us as Navajo and Native American’s. We always thank the Great Creator for them and we hope to live along side them.
The past few days have taken me on a 300 mile back country, off the beaten path and even onto some rad gravel roads. The quest to find some wild horses was on.
The first place to look for was shade, grass and obviously water. We did this back home on Navajoland when my grandfather was the Coppermine Chapter Grazing President. He and our family spent many long summer days branding, castrating, tagging and giving quite a bit of shots to the livestock of our area.
It was a wild west type of a showdown and boy do I miss those days…..
We also would go on long horse rides and sometimes they would last multiple days. Often, we always enjoyed finding herds of wild horses.
Their spirits seemed to always showcase, with fire, the word “freedom”.
I left our house in Sandy and started to drive West. In fact, I went on the historic Ol’ Pony Express Route. The beauty of leaving the concrete jungle and within minutes, I can be in the mountains near our home or far from these lights and streets.
(Image taken from the GoPro which is mounted on my Fab Fours roof rack!)
The drive was fun and on the gravel roads, I enjoyed driving with the windows down. I always do and rarely use the A/C….
(From the 2nd GoPro on the dash…. The drive out was tons of fun and really enjoyable! Seeing these clouds only got me more excited to photograph the horses and moving shades of light!)
To see the short video of the horses, click here to watch it on YouTube or watch the following:
All in all, here are 4 of the images I am excited about. I used my Nikon D810 which has 36.3 Megapixels which is A LOT of resolution and some huge files! Stability came from using my light and favorite Gitzo carbon fiber tripod along with this Manfrotto Hydrostatic ball head.
I don’t do a lot of telephoto work but having used the Nikon 80-400 just a couple weeks ago in Alaska and Canada. I wanted to use the 200-400 f/4 so I rented the lens. Check out Pictureline.com and the team there. Those folks are wizards and can help with and certainly have anything photography related!
The lens is fast, tack sharp and mixing that with my Nikon D810 (36.3MP), the prints will be wonderful! (BTW, there’s a $300 instant sale on the D810 right now. It could be a good time to upgrade. I did and I’m happy! Click here to check it out.)
Here’s one of the images and a few more below….
I’m looking forward to printing these images and see how they turn out. Again, printing is a whole ‘nother animal….
With each image below, you can click on them and enlarge them. (The images are going to be a lower resolution and nowhere near the full image size.) Once done, simply hit back on your browser and you’ll land back here.
Enjoy and be free,
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