I look for emotion when photographing the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park for this project, Fly Without Wings. Wild band stallion, Little Sorrel, who has changed worlds since this image was captured in 2015 and his harem mare, Little Gray, did not disappoint in this tender moment!
We found them on one of the tallest buttes in the southern part of the park and later called it “Little Sorrel’s Butte” because it wasn’t the only time we hiked up to view his band. Expressing Love was the story of the day on March 24th.
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” ~Nicholas Sparks
Do Horses Express Love?
“We headed to the park on our own. Three of us now – Lincoln, Melissa, and myself. The first item on the agenda was finding Little Sorrel’s band to see if Trouble’s Girl had given us the new foal we are all anxious to see.
We found them, yep, way, way, way up high on a butte. Yes way up high! Getting up was a grunt for sure, but a long time ago I learned to respect the wild life and find their routes and the wild horses had a well worn path to the top. Once we were there we stood in awe of the view. It was a huge plateau overlooking the southern part of the park and it was breathtaking! In a few weeks, as the grass greens, it will be lush and rich with forage!
We did not find a baby but her signs remain imminent. I believe we did find a bit of ourselves sitting their observing the band in the brisk March air and morning sun. Marveling at the beauty of the scenery and the spirit of the horses and so thankful for the opportunity to experience their lives!
So I ask you again, do horses express love? I imagine so. That is why I share with you this image we captured of the band stallion, Little Sorrel and his mare, Little Gray, expressing their form of love.”