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In late September, when drought does not parch this land, the sage blooms brilliant yellow, and for a few weeks the landscape is a sea of eye-piercing gold.

As the sun settled slowly into the western horizon, a wash of golden light poured over the vibrant yellow sage in bloom, setting the range ablaze.

The stallion watched me; wary, but not frightened. Perhaps he sensed I meant no harm, or maybe just knew I could never reach him through the high brush.

We shared that golden moment, and I thanked him for his pose.

Schell Creek Mountains, eastern Nevada

Nevada’s Gold Exhibition
American Chamber Of Commerce
Vilnius, Lithuania

Canon 350D EOS
Tamron 55-200mm
JASC PaintShop Pro 7 and Corel PhotoImpact x3

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FAV’s 5 ♥♥♥♥♥


arla ruggles, gold, golden, mustang, sage, sagebrush, stallion, wild horse, yellow

Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Superb capture…..amazing light.

  • Thank you, Barssel!

    The moment was indeed sublime!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    this has the wow factor , lovely colours

  • Thanks, Tina!
    I’m glad you like it!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • arvyart
    arvyartover 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 5 years ago

    wooooooooow! what a dream picture, fantastic composition

  • Thank you very much, LudaNayvelt!
    (I’m sorry I missed your comment earlier!)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockabout 5 years ago

    Arla, this is so beautiful!! Unfortunately we can’t accept your two pictures into cowboy/cowgirl art due to the fact that their aren’t any cowboys are cowgirls into it. It would be really cool, however, if you could take your Native American friend and add her behind the Mustang! That would not only make it work, but would just be spectacular!!! Thanks in advance for understanding!!! Hope you are having a fantastic day!!! :)))))))))))

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 4 years ago

    beautiful Arla.. g’luck…=D

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...7 months ago


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