Mountain Top Update, Morning of Day Two, June 18, 2012

I woke up just before dawn on my first full day on the mountain.  That would be around 5:15 here in Montana.  It was a clear, cool morning.  I quietly got up and walked out with my camera in hand.  Linda was not far behind me.  I looked down the road a short way and saw Teton and his band grazing in the first light.

Teton and his band, June 18, 2012

Not too far from them was Galaxy and his band.

Part of Galaxy and his band and Teton and his band.

I chose my campsite because of the location.  Sometimes the wind is quite strong here, but other wise it is perfect.  I love the way the sun comes up in the morning behind the trees.  There almost always seems to be horses close by, both day and night.  It is in between two water sources, so there is a lot of traffic that goes by.  I sometimes joke that I could just sit in a chair all day and all the horses would eventually go right by me.  Of course I don’t just sit there, but I suppose I could and I would see a lot of horses.

This morning was no different and I watched several bands coming my way.  We were the only humans on the mountain top that morning.  I especially love those days.  Sometimes (and only a very few times) someone else drives up the mountain early.  Usually the “day trippers” don’t show up until noon.  I prefer the latter.  I took a deep breath of the clean mountain air and watched the horses.

Hera’s filly, Maia, June 18, 2012
Ireland in the morning light, June 18, 2012

Ireland looked especially beautiful in the light.  I took several shots of her and thought I would share more than one with you.

Ireland, June 18, 2012
Ireland
Limerick, June 19, 2012
Limerick and Maia, June 18, 2012
Ireland, Maia and Limerick
Hera shows Galaxy a little attitude! June 18, 2012
Galaxy and Hera, June 18, 2012
Galaxy, Hera and Maia

I turned the opposite direction and there was Kierra looking back at me.

Kierra, June 18, 2012

The rest of Cloud’s band began to come over the hill.  Cloud’s young son, Mica really likes me.  It seems that whenever he sees me he will head right for me.  I hoped he would not see me now.

Cloud and Feldspar, June 18, 2012
Feldspar and Cloud
Jasmine, June 18, 2012
Cloud’s band, June 18, 2012
Innocentes tells Lynx to behave.
Mica bugging Kierra.

Mica was not able to get Kierra up, so he decided he would take a nap right beside her.

Kierra and Mica, June 19, 2012

A few of the other horses in the band decided to take a nap in the sun.  We just stood in the morning sun and watched.

Damsel, June 19, 2012
Baileys, Aztec and Jasmine, June 18, 2012
Krystal, June 18, 2012

Feldspar and Cloud then saw something and became very alert.  Linda and I had seen two bears earlier that morning and I wondered if maybe that was what they were looking at.

Feldspar
Cloud, June 18, 2012
Cloud, June 18, 2012

Whatever it was, Cloud decided to gather his band up and move them on.

Feldspar and Cloud
June 18, 2012
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June 18, 2012
Mica, Kierra and Cloud

Then Cloud felt there was some danger ahead and went up to the front of the band to see what it was.  It was more bands of horses, and they all took off down the hill to greet them.

June 18, 2012
Cloud checks to see if it is okay for his band to come down there.
June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012

A few bands enjoying the morning.

Seeing all of the bands on top of the mountain is a really incredible thing.  But I have to say that I really enjoy the challenge of trying to find them earlier in the spring.  Having to drive both Sykes Road and Burnt Timber road several times and hiking around looking, is really a neat experience.  I felt like I was getting quite good at finding them and getting to know the mountain well.

We enjoyed a quiet morning watching the horses interact with each other, all was peaceful.  They grazed and then almost all of the horses decided to lie down and nap.  That was something I had never experienced before.  ALL the horses lying down.  It was really amazing!

A few bands enjoying the morning.
Killian poking at his little sister, June18, 2012
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Doc’s band
Cloud and Teton bands.
Celt and Sapo’s filly, June 18, 2012

Then they all start to lie down.

Doc’s band
Celt and Killian
Sapo, Bolder and filly.
June 18, 2012
Trying to get mom (Sapo) up.
Sapo, filly and Bolder
Now she can sleep!
Cloud finally lies down with his band.
Celt and Killian
June 18, 2012

I left the napping horses quietly and went to check on Lakota.  If you have not read about his injury, click on LAKOTA.  I had not gone far when I saw Galaxy and his band walking in front of me.

Maia and Hera
Galaxy
Galaxy and his band, June 18, 2012

On my way to check on Lakota I saw Grijala and his band.  All napping.  Not too far from them was Gringo with Tecumseh’s band and Mescalero and his band.  Tecumseh was not too far from them.

Gringo and Mescalero bands, June 18, 2012

And then I reached Lakota.

Lakota, June 18, 2012

I talked to Jared Bybee late Friday afternoon.  He  called to say that he had seen Lakota.  Lakota was quite a ways from where I had last seen him.  Still grazing and hopefully moving closer to some water.  I hope this means that he is healing.  Thank you Jared for letting me know!

Sandy