Wild Under Sunrise


"EVERY DAY A MILLION MIRACLES BEGIN AT SUNRISE ." - Eric Jerome Dickey


Spring is a magical season in the Onaqui Mountains at the western edge of the Great Basin Desert in Utah. Closing my eyes and recalling past trips immediately brings to mind the harsh sunlight, the overwhelming dust, and (of course) the Onaqui wild horse herd. These horses roam over hundreds of square miles of largely inaccessible mountains and desert plains, sometimes traveling over 20 miles in a day.


This spring morning was special. There was "something in the air" causing the horses to be more active than normal - probably the abundant testosterone of the stallions since most of the mares had just foaled and were in heat. We watched as stallions protected their bands against bachelors eager to start their own families, waiting for just the right moment to make their move and steal a mare away from the band. Stallions chased these bachelors away at breakneck speeds, stirring up the dust just as the morning light became optimal.


The golden sunrise light, filtering through the thick dust made for a rich and unforgettable capture - Wild Under Sunrise, part of our Color Collection and now available in custom sizes upon request.






wild horse photographer Maria Marriott displays a large canvas of one of her photographhs

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.





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