Some moments are so magical, maybe even mystical, that they remain fresh in memory as if the event happened merely yesterday. One such experience took place many years ago, during a brief time when we had lived in Montana before.
We had a favorite place to hike out in the countryside. A little spot that was fenced off, but if you knew how to get there and where to park, you could gain access to forest land along this little path that wound through private land.
On many occasions we had gone out there, but we never made it very far much less to the fabled forest off into the distance. When one is packing a small child, one tends not to outstay the child's ability to remain in a good mood. So here we are on what we assume to be familiar land. Listening once again to the moose bugling in the background. Wondering if they are close to the edge of the forest or maybe deeper in. Photographing the clouds. The mountains. The beautiful scenery in general. Looking along the ground for a late blooming insect or perhaps some interesitng seed worthy of the camera's attention.
When out of nowhere, like air materialized into form, came walking two horses. OK. We had no idea that this land we were on supported horses. To this day, we don't know where they came from. They just walked on up easy as you please and proceeded to check out my husband and my son. Before I could even take the whole scene in, my guys were surrounded by six to eight horses. A whole herd.
Now, I'm not one who feels at ease around horses, especially not a whole herd who now has their backs to me. I'm trying to keep the dog from spooking them. I'm trying not to get kicked. And I'm hoping they don't spook and rear on my loved ones. Needless worry I must add. While I don't think they were happy with me being unseen, so to speak, they tolerated my presence and allowed me to wander around until I was facing them.
Fortunately for me, since I was then able to capture these photos should the memories ever fade. I doubt they ever will, though. I can't see forgetting one of the coolest experiences of my life.
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