25 06 2014

Copper and Seven

Do you see them? Copper is easier to see. Gray Seven, not as easy to see, though he’s right behind Copper. The band is out of sight.

Big country, and the mustangs are – to me and to all of you, I think – a big part of this little corner of it. To see them for even moments is to experience all the magic of the still-wild country we’re privileged to know in this particular country. Here, bears wander and mountains lions prowl, bobcats and coyotes blend with the tawny earth, and elk and deer and pronghorn drift, following what they all follow: water and forage. The mustangs are more easily seen in this circle of wild life, and they bring magic to the land as surely as the slanting sunlight sets fire to grasses full of seed.

I’ve had a couple of wondrous days with the horses – hiking, sitting, drifting, napping, watching – and in the magic – and mundane – I feel such beauty, it’s enough to break and mend and break and mend – and lift – your heart a million times over. In all my travels, I haven’t found this – the *this* that keeps me returning to hike and sit and drift and nap and watch.

The horses – wild and gentle and brave and strong and curious and forgiving – make this land immense, and intimate, and incomprehensibly beautiful.



8 responses

25 06 2014
Prairie girl

“Break and mend”….just so beautiful.
Your words and your images, the feel of it all.
You’re in a mighty special place, in more than one way, y’ know?

25 06 2014

TJ, what a gift you bring us…
Hard to believe it has been a year since we visited. Thank you for all you have shared with so many. The experiences we see through your creative eyes are beautiful reminders of natural beauty and the wild and free animals – reminders that they can take care of themselves if we stay out of their way.

25 06 2014
Prairie girl

That last line…oh, if only!!! Nicely put.

25 06 2014
Kathryn Wilder

Splendid writing, country, horses, you!

25 06 2014
Sandy Harris

Very well said–and you can bring some of this to the rest of us!


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25 06 2014

There is nothing I’ve found that compares to spending time with the wild ones. You describe it so perfectly. Thank you for sharing with us. 🙂

25 06 2014


25 06 2014

What a magnificent view and what a gorgeous shot.

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