The day I took these pictures, it was a little warmer in the basin than it had been the day before – 17 to 20 degrees vs. 15-17 degrees. And you thought I meant a lot warmer!
Steeldust’s band was closest this day, and I broke trail on a little-used road to get to within fairly close walking distance.
Winter is just a magical time. It’s soooooo quiet. Can you see the flakes reflecting the sunlight in the photo above? The ponies go about the business of living like any other time of the year. There were a lot of tracks around the Flat Top pond, but the center was untracked – frozen solid. How much snow do they have to eat to satisfy their moisture requirements? Whatever it is, they seem satisfied.
In the dry months, I look for light spots – the greys – against the khaki desert. In the snow months, I look for the dark spots – then look closer to determine equine from bovine.
Alpha is in her element here.
She’s always watchful … curious, though she rarely acts on that curiosity, content just to see what I do, it seems.
I was watching and photographing bachelor Mouse, grazing nearby. I hadn’t yet seen Hollywood’s and Comanche’s bands, but I was watching Mouse graze intently enough that when I saw Piedra and other members of her band pawing through the snow during their grazing, I realized Mouse hadn’t been.
Isn’t he a handsome boy?
And then I realized someone was watching, and closer than I had seen her approach.
Isn’t she just divine? With her beautiful dark eyes and glowing wisdom, she’s the queen of her environment.
Storm came around for a look, too.
Look at that amazing scenery!
Look at that snow-covered schnoz! How this boy has grown.
Beauty all around.