May 30, 2014

Wild Horses

Photograph by O. Mehes, National Geographic Your Shot

Wild horses graze under the watch of Mount John Laurie in Alberta, Canada. The peak is also known as Mount Yamnuska, Nakoda for "wall of stone."

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45 comments
patrick mccaffrey
patrick mccaffrey

Is this area part of the Canadian Rockies? We are visiting Banff the end of June. Love the composition and lighting. 

Norma Okun
Norma Okun

the brown and the brown horse, and all that is around seem to become one. great photo.

Carlos Juan
Carlos Juan

Beauty place, nice and contrasting colors; dark in rocks, white snow, green trees, brown grass, soft light. Horses are perfect complement for the shot.

Kip Keino
Kip Keino

that blonde horse looks irridescent. great shot.  It looks near Burgess Shale, source of many early-Cambrian fossils.

James Lee
James Lee

Freedom is the most beautiful things  ,so they are so diffreent from those in the zoos or feeded by human

jo fidler
jo fidler

How peaceful, grazing at the bottom of the mountain as the snow is thawing, thick winter coats now dry, sunlight streaming through, i feel warm and happy inside :)

John Christie
John Christie

The old West still exists. We have more than 600 mustangs roaming free on the west side of the lake & Okanagan River in Penticton. They are hard on peoples gardens & cause troubles on the highway but most of us love them anyway.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Beautiful, mysterious and wonderful!      Seems as though the horse in center of photo is inviting us in to witness his world.         The mountains and the whole scene seems like a fairy tale.        Lovely! 

Brittany Rossler
Brittany Rossler

I've always thought it looked like a sleeping stegosaurus, but maybe that's what you get from driving from Drumheller to Banff! 

Jackie H.
Jackie H.

It looks like a still-life painting-gorgeous shades and color contrasts.


Dick Tandy
Dick Tandy

What a wonderful shot ,well done !

Leyla R.
Leyla R.

Like it... absolutely fantastic... 

Lisa Young
Lisa Young

 This is Mt. Yamnuska. I doubt that anyone locally even knows it as Mt. John Laurie.  I just went and looked it up to see if this was correct!  I had never heard the name and I have lived here my whole life!  I doubt these are wild horses.  The Kananaskis Guest Ranch uses some of this land for grazing their horses..  Also,  the Morley Reserve abuts this area and horses are poorly fenced on the Reserve and are often in this area.  I walk here all the time and have never seen wild horses.  Still a beautiful photo!

Laura Moreno
Laura Moreno

The lighting and the blending of the landscape colors with the horses is truly breathtaking. I will never be able to get to a location like this, but thank you for taking me there.

Dennis Stewart
Dennis Stewart

The kind of place that beckons me to get out and explore this great beautiful planet of ours. Great shot and congrats on being selected. Regards, Dennis

Joe Hunter
Joe Hunter

Wild?  Maybe they belong to the Nakoda , their land is all around the area & I've seen horses around there for years. 

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What a wonderful shot of these beautiful animals, with those mountains making a grand backdrop that only enhances their beauty. The color of the horse in the center is just perfect, and all this put together  is to be enjoyed as a whole. j.e.s.......

O. Méhes
O. Méhes

@Lisa Young Exactly. Strangely, Nat Geo changed the name to Mt John Laurie even though I used Mt Yamnuska :) I guess, they didnt trust me :) I call them wild horses because of there behaviour, which is very similar to wild animals. They watch out for danger and run away as soon as you approach them beyond their comfort zone. They might be free-roaming horses which if left that way for long time, gradually become wild. I saw them in this location few times already. Amazing animals nevertheless :)

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