NATURE LOOKS EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL UNDER SNOW...INCLUDING THE WILD HORSE.
The locals call him “Blue” due to his beautiful blue roan color - a dream subject for wild horse photography. During the winter, his coat is pure black and photographing him against the snow is a challenging task. Ensuring that the white of the snow and the black of his coat both retain detail, without blowouts or blackouts, is tricky but is definitely rewarding.
On this cold, snowy winter day, I spotted “Blue" partially hidden behind the forage. Snow was pouring down on the range, making it increasingly difficult to see - let alone to get out. With a particular image already in my mind, we chose to wait and, eventually, he turned his head and locked eyes with me, creating an amazing opportunity; the expression in his eye combined with the catch light reflecting from the snow and the striking black and white contrast.
“Blue in Snow II” is now available on my online gallery as part of the American Wild collection.
"Blue" is revered as sacred by the Washoe Indian tribe that shares the Fish Springs Range in Nevada, and he often "visits" the reservation, which is very close to an area of the range referred to by many as “Blue’s Valley.” There, if you’re lucky, you may see him.
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An equestrian for most of her life, Maria combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American wild horses. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of several non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American mustangs.