Mustangs have the potential to give so much to humankind. I journeyed out to find them in the back country of Oregon's high-desert. I drove for hours over highways and bumpy dirt roads to satisfy a hopeful gamble that I might find the elusive Kiger herd. Six hours later I spotted them in close distance .
I felt an overwhelming rush of excitement when I saw the herd appearing over the hill. I felt my stomach knot with excitement. I quickly pulled over into a ditch, gathered my heavy gear, and trudged up through boulders, tall grass, and sage.
Arriving sweaty and dirty at the peak of a hill - I viewed 60 or more Kiger Mustangs grazing on the plateau. Quietly, I tiptoed over the rough rocky terrain trying to find a place to put my heavy camera gear. Among all the equipment was my "good luck backpack" ( a gift from a National Geographic photographer). I thought, superstitiously, it was charmed and the reason I found them. I felt like this moment was a call answered to tell their story, to capture their voice in the visual narrative.
I felt in awe of their beauty and majesty. Was I really here? Alone with all of them? I thought to myself - awestruck in the moment.
They see me now, and seem to accept my presence. I began to feel at one with them and for a time, I am not sure how long, all my senses came alive and my camera captured our resonance and curiosity.
I stood so still that after a while a group of them approached me. My heart jumped out my chest and my camera kept on clicking. All I could think of was an innocent spook and I would be the headline: "Sarah Waters Get Trampled by Herd of Mustangs!" Slowly backing away from their approach, I felt respect and an excitement that sent chills across my skin.
Time passed so quickly that I hardly noticed the light lower in the sky. It was late afternoon, so I took one deep thoughtful breath and decided to call it a day. I had captured magical moments, connected with these majestic wild horses, and lived a small dream.
I packed my gear and carefully hiked back to my car, it was hard to leave I wanted to stay out there with them. Until next time.