Born Free ... And Curious As Ever by Arla M. Ruggles

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My heart leapt with joy at the sight of this old acquaintance!

Cherry Creek Mountains
Nevada, USA

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  3. Wild Horses Of The World

I first sighted this amazing paint foal within a band of about six wild horses, two years ago. Last year, the herd added two new babies and lost an old mare … I had not seen them since early spring of this year, and often wondered what had become of them? … What an absolute thrill to find my curious one back in familiar territory!

As he is wandering alone, I must deduce that he has reached maturity and been driven from his tribe. Small in stature, but so beautiful — wild paints are quite rare in this territory — I hope he finds a nice mare (or several), from down the valley.

Circle Of Life (2009.SEPTEMBER)

Born Free: (2008.NOVEMBER)

Canon 350D EOS
Sigma 70-300 mm

Corel PhotoImpact x3
Proportioned for 8×10 print

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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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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work Arla!

  • Thanks so much, Torfinn!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    Magnificant Arla…and alert pose and sense of recognition…nice catch!

  • Thank you very much, Rick! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful Arla! I am sure he will be after the ladies in no time! ;o))))
    take care, Linda

  • He is so small compared to the larger stallions around, hopefully, his handsomeness and charm will count for something. :D)))

    Thank you, Linda!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Tiffany Rach
    Tiffany Rachover 4 years ago

    Just magnificant!! you can tell hes happy to see you!!

  • Hah! I always like to think they do remember me, but who really knows? Thanks, Tiffany! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    This is just wonderful!! I love it and your capture of him. Heis a beautiful paint!
    The younger picture is fabulous too!!

  • Thanks so much! :) ♥

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Michele Simon
    Michele Simonover 4 years ago

    What a beauty, Great Capture!

  • Thank you, Michele!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 4 years ago

    The little dickens! He still stands and looks at you the same way.
    Wonderful capture! I love it! He is a real beauty!

  • Indeed, he IS! Thank you, Corri! :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    What a thrill… Excellent capture..He looks like royality…Such a beauty…

  • Thanks, Carol — yep – a prancing prince, to be sure. :D ♥

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Wendy  Chapman
    Wendy Chapmanover 4 years ago

    Oh Arla. That is darling. Just great!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Wendy!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful animal and looks quite Fit :o}

  • Thank you, Bob! Indeed, I have yet to see a skinny mustang, this year. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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