Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sand Wash Basin

Well Sand Wash did not disappoint the first day- we took almost 5,000 photos between myself, Abby and Ben. We saw many herds, a lot of foals and the weather was wonderful- we even saw a rainbow at the end of the day. The second day (today) the weather began sunny but soon turned for the worse. The wind was blowing strongly and the thunder and lightning started all around us. Oddly, very little rain fell in the Basin. The  roads are mostly soft sandy clay and quickly turn to soup with any appreciable precipitation. We were lucky and stayed near the entrance when we saw the cloud begin to build. Still, we saw a fair number of horses and were able to photograph several herds. We return tomorrow for our final day and hopefully we will see John Wagner and other friends of the Sand Wash Basin mustangs...
We are about to hit one quarter of a million fans and we are soooo thrilled! Thanks so much for being a fan of Equus ferus- Wild Horse Photography!
Meredith, Abigail, Benjamin, Karen, Angie, Cindy, Marianne, Aly, Lauren and The Three Amigos of the Sand Wash Basin!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spring Creek and Sand Wash Basin

We spent the morning at Spring Creek Basin where we saw Chrome's gorgeous band. 
One recent foal and a not-quite yearling (born in October 2013)... We spent the night in Grand Junction and we are off to Sand Wash Basin!! We tried to find mustangs in the Lower Canyon of Little Book Cliffs but there was no one there and the recent storms washed out several of the crossings. Below are some of the fantastical images from our drive from Spring Creek to Grand Junction along Route 141 in Colorado.

Abby & Ben at Little Book Cliffs, Colorado 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer 2014 -Mustangs and The Cloud Foundation Celebration

We had a wonderful time at the McCullough Peaks in Cody, Wyoming. We had three great days of photography and managed a side trip to the Pryors and saw the iconic stallion Cloud and many others. We were given the privilege of submitting photographs to the first annual Cloud Foundation Music & Art Celebration on August 2, 2014. 

Karen McLain, Tracy Miller and myself 'hung the show' which involves deciding where and how to display the works of art in the most aesthetically pleasing manner. Abigail, Bruce and Benjamin flew in just for the Celebration since Abby and Ben had their photograph in the show. The show was a smashing success, we had 200-300 guests and Karen sold a painting, as did I.  The entire show was Karen McLain's idea and we were treated to the dulcet tones of 'Opus Moon'. They sang many songs including several for the mustangs of Little Book Cliffs, one for Cloud of the Pryors and the river horses at the Salt River in Arizona.
Karen McLain Studio
The Cloud Foundation

McCullough Peaks

Cloud and his band 

Hanging the show

The Show

The Show

Abby, Ben and Ginger Kathrens

Karen McLainKaren McLain, Karen McLain,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mustang Summer 2014- McCullough. & Pryor

Mustangs everywhere!


We are having the time of our lives out the horse ranges! Yesterday we spent the day at Mccollough Peaks in Cody, Wyoming and today we went p to the Pryor Mountains- we have seen many mustangs including Cloud the stallion!
Cloud and his herd 

 Later this week we travel to Colorado Springs for the Cloud Foundation Art and Musoc Celebration!  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer 2014 -getting ready

Somehow I'll manage to pack all of this....


Let the Mustang 2014 Summer Adventure begin!!!!

I'll be sending photos and blog entries for our adventures this summer as we travel west to find the mustangs. Ahead for the Summer 2014 are the McCullough Peaks, Sand Wash Basin, Spring Creek Basin, possibly Little Book Cliffs and the Cloud Foundation Celebration of Wild Horses Art and Music. 

The three photographs below are our contribution to this milestone event. Last summer Ben took "The Chase" at the tender age of eight, Abby's met "Cloud's Encore" at age ten... they both carry Canon Rebel 3t's which are light and I used my Canon 7D to snap "The Emissary" below. Cloud is often referred to as the 'ambassador' of wild mustangs, hence the derivation of the title. This is the first time all three are being presented together...

The Chase by Benjamin Lowder

The Encore by Abigail Lowder

The Emissary by Meredith Lowder
* Please remember we don't get this close to the horses except the crazy stallions that decided running straight at three small humans would be an excellent idea... Abby and I both use a 100-300mm Canon lens. Abby got much closer to the Cloud's daughter Encore than any of us intended... except perhaps for Encore.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Back once again

I will be starting, or I should say 'restarting' the Equus ferus Blog - I had one of those password moments and kept forgetting to change the password and write it down somewhere I'd remember... So we are up and running . We just returned from Spring Creek Basin, Salt River and Little Book Cliffs. It was a wonderful trip- we met up with our friends Karen McLain and TJ Holmes- you'll see photos shortly. In the meantime, check back from time to time...

Myself and my daughter Abby who is also an Equus ferus- Wild Horse 
photographer at Spring Creek Basin, Colorado 
February 2014

Why we do what we do.... Ben's Chase

The air is beginning to cool after 95°F (35°C); dusk is settling over the Basin. Karen and I saw horses heading to the waterhole just...