Merry Christmas!

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As this year comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for following my blog.  To my guests, past and future, I thank you for joining me on what may be one of the best adventures with wild horses there is.  While there are other wonderful wild herds to be seen, the beauty that surrounds these Pryor horses on the mountain top, is hard to explain until you can experience it yourself.  And for those of you who may never get that chance, I hope that the photos and video’s I post, will give you a glimpse of what it is like.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Wild in the Pryors!

Thank you all for your support,

Sandy

An Evening in Camp on Top of The Mountain. June 17, 2013

We had all had a great day.  Amber put the dinner in the camp oven and Linda D and I uploaded our photos from the day.  Linda had some really great shots and it was fun to look at them.  Even though we were standing together for some parts of the day, there were so many things going on, that the chances we took the exact same shot was pretty rare.  The rest of the girls (Amber, Brianna and Lori) did not have their laptops with them.  So I had to wait to see their.

Bolder’s band was working their way down towards us.  They continued to move past while we ate our dinner and share our thoughts of the day.

Mesa, Killian and Lobo, June 17, 2013
Mesa, Killian and Lobo, June 17, 2013

As we did the dinner clean up, Teton’s band made it way past.

Phoenix and Warbonnet
Phoenix and Warbonnet
Phoenix
Phoenix
Half Moon and Warbonnet
Half Moon and Warbonnet
Phoenix, Missoula, Half Moon and Teton
Phoenix, Missoula, Half Moon and Teton

One of the interesting things that I am noticing about myself in regards to the horses identification is that I am starting to notice every little detail about the horses.   For instance: This time I noticed Phoenix’s tail.  I am not sure if it has always been this way (I need to look at other photos of her that I have taken, but I really noticed it this time.  The way her tail is so much lighter at the top and then red at the bottom.  Like a reverse Ombre'( a hair color technique).

Teton and his band moved into the trees, not far from our camp.  Next in the parade of horses past us came Bolder.  I had not gotten any good close-ups of this band this trip.  Now was my time.  Bolder decided that the tail-gate of my truck would be a good place to scratch his chin.

Bolder
Bolder
Bolder
Bolder
Mesa
Mesa
Baileys
Baileys
Killian
Killian

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Bolder
Bolder
Mesa
Mesa
Lobo
Lobo
Moving on the Linda's truck
Moving on the Linda’s truck

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Bolder
Bolder

Bolder and his band were making their way over to the trees where Teton was.  Teton let them know that they could not share with them.  I found it interesting how fast Bolder backed down.  I was also pleased to see Teton’s actions.  I had been worried about him when I saw him in March.  He was thin and did not seem to have much energy.  I was worried that Mescalero was going to take his band.  I was glad I was wrong about that.  You can read that post by clicking on TETON.

Bolder's band with Mesa and Killian just out of the photo.
Bolder’s band with Mesa and Killian just out of the photo.

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Teton doesn't want to share
Teton doesn’t want to share

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Quickly moving away
Quickly moving away

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Bolder looks back and wonders what just happened.
Bolder looks back and wonders what just happened.

I spotted some horses way over on a ridge.  I did not need to even look through the binoculars to tell who it was.  Little Nimbus (AKA beacon of bright  light) let me know who it was.  Cloud’s band.

Mica, Cloud and Nimbus
Mica, Cloud and Nimbus

Next to come into our view (without having to leave our chairs), was Doc.  It was then that I noticed that Galaxy and his band were coming up from some trees.  Their was a brief exchange between two of the “hunkyest” (yes, I know that is not really a word, but it fits) stallions on the range.  What a treat to have them both in one shot!

Doc notices Galaxy
Doc notices Galaxy
Galaxy and Doc
Galaxy and Doc
Galaxy and Doc
Galaxy and Doc

I noticed Duke and his band were working their way over as well.

Dukes Band just beyond Mandan
Dukes Band just beyond Mandan
Mandan and Doc
Mandan and Doc
Broken Bow and Demure
Broken Bow and Demure
Doc
Doc
Mandan
Mandan
Doc
Doc

It had been an incredible trip.  Our “dry run” for the tours went smoothly.  I am looking forward to the real thing that will start two weeks from today.

Amber and I would be leaving the next day.  We wanted to take our time going down Sage Creek and stop and take some photos of all the incredible wildflowers that were blooming.

Linda wanted for us all to take a photo by the Burnt Timber sign the next morning.  Brianna set the camera up so we could all get in the shot together.  I was glad Linda insisted!  I think I will make this a tradition for every trip!   Thank you Linda.  Thank you Brianna and Lori.  Thank you Amber you are a great “cook”!

Sandy

Sunset photo by Amber
Sunset photo by Amber
Photo by Brianna (and Linda D).  From left: Linda D., Brianna, Lori, Sandy and Amber, June 18, 2013
Photo by Brianna (and Linda D). From left: Linda D., Brianna, Lori, Sandy and Amber, June 18, 2013
Arrowleaf Balsom Root Flowers
Arrowleaf Balsam Root Flowers
Photo by Amber
Photo by Amber

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Photo by Amber
Photo by Amber
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell