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Featured in:
International Women’s Photography 9/13
All Things Photographic 9/13
VAVoom (Vibrations in art and verse) 9/13
100% Group 10/13
Love These Creatures 10/13
The World As We See It 10/13
Absolute Clarity 10/13
Serenity 10/13
It’s All About The Horse 10/13
The Number “5” Group 10/13
Just The Horse 10/13

Capture: West Desert, Utah, USA

This terrain is an example of “high desert.”. There is zero percent humidity and temperatures well over 100 degrees in the summer. But instead of flat and sandy ground we have rolling hills and mountains covered with sagebrush and cheater grass.
This is one of the more powerful stallions in the Onaqui herd of wild mustangs (Equus ferus) who live in the West Desert area of Utah. I loved this photo because it shows this powerful stallion in a moment of tenderness.

Nikon D300, 70-200mm f2.8 Lens @ 200mm, 1/500, f5.6, ISO 200


kelly jay, kellith, wild mustangs, wild horses, desert horses, west desert, onaqui


  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowan11 months ago

    Not only the best photograph of horses, but the scenery is just unbelievably wonderful, the colours superb.. what a beautiful country.

  • Oh wow! Thank you so much! Since they are wild I can never predict what they are going to do. I loved this shot because it showed one of the biggest and baddest stallions in the herd being tender to a baby. Thank you again. :)

    – Kelly Jay

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowan11 months ago

    Just wonderful … I am not a horse person , they sort of scare me I am sure they are out to get me. ;-) but I still look at them a lot… [daughter had some when she was young.. ] got some gorgeous ones here at the local show last month draft types ? but pinto colour ,? I did desire Trigger .Roy Rogers . way back .. see how old I am !

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep11 months ago

    Thank you for adding this lovely work to International Women’s Photography!! Gena

  • My pleasure. :)

    – Kelly Jay

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep11 months ago

    Congratulations!! Featured in IWP!!! Nice work! Gena

  • Thank you so much!!!

    – Kelly Jay

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon11 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thanks, Ann!

    – Kelly Jay

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB11 months ago

    September 29, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so so much, Teresa!

    – Kelly Jay

  • tori yule
    tori yule11 months ago

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful!
    View your feature here and join me in congratulating our co-creators
    Sept 2013

  • Thank you so much, Tori!!!

    – Kelly Jay

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies11 months ago

    What a gorgeous stallion! Beautiful capture and scenery! Congrats on your recent feature!

  • Thanks a ton, Angie! He is a beauty. He’s my second favorite. The big blue roan is my #1 favorite.

    – Kelly Jay

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boynton11 months ago

    What a wonderful moment to capture, and what a majestic landscape! Congratulations on your VAVOOM feature, Kellith!

  • Thank you so much! I consider myself very lucky to live where I do and be so close to my beautiful mustangs. Btw, your work is just stunning!

    – Kelly Jay

  • Nicole  McKinney
    Nicole McKinney11 months ago

    Compelling image! Perfectly exposed~ got to be a challenge in that desert light!

  • I was lucky. This was just a perfect day. Thank you very much, Nicole!. :)

    – Kelly Jay

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