New Foal In The Shawnee Creek Herd in Shannon County, Missouri
I have some exciting news that I wanted to share with you. Tim Jr. and I went to the Shawnee Creek area a little before sunrise on the fourth of July because we knew the weather conditions should be good for some early morning fog.
I am photographing and telling the story of the wild horses of Shannon County because the connection between nature, wildlife, and man is understood but increasingly pushed to the background in our technology-driven society.
I know that people protect what they love and in our increasingly busy and technology-driven world, it would be easy for these wild horses to be pushed to the background and forgotten.
By conserving and protecting natural resources and wildlife, we are promoting biodiversity, and it is this biodiversity that directly contributes to the sustainability of all life on the planet.
EARLY MORNING WITH THE WILD HORSES
The early morning mist amplifies the ethereal nature of the wild horses, so I wanted to be there before first light in case the conditions were ideal.
There are four herds of wild horses that roam the ancient and rugged Ozarks landscape in Shannon County, Missouri. You can learn more about the wild horses on my wild horse information page.
The new foal brings the Shawnee Creek herd up to ten at this time. Recently, there were 13 in this herd before a capture event in the late spring by the Missouri Wild Horse League. Some of the horses are captured and then adopted to loving owners when the herds exceed the agreed-upon numbers according to the law that was established to protect them in 1996.
I couldn't stop smiling watching this new foal frolic about in the morning fog and mist. I was not able to determine the gender of the foal, but I hope to confirm this very soon, and I will let you know.
BABY HORSE LINGO
Did you know that baby horses are called foals? If you are a horse lover, then of course you do, but many people are not up to date on all of the horse lingo.
Just like human babies, a horse foal can either be a male (colt) or a female (filly). When a mare (adult female horse) has a new baby, she is said to have "foaled." Some people refer to foals as "sucklings" once they are able to stand and nurse.
As the new foal gets to be 4 to 6 months old, they start separating from their mother. This weaning process can be different for various foals, but people often refer to the foal as a "weanling" once this occurs.
Once the baby horse is one year old, it is referred to as a "yearling," and when they are over 18 months old, they are sometimes referred to as "long yearlings." And, when the horse turns two years old, they are referred to by their adult names, mares or stallions.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH
You may have noticed that my two photographs of the foal are black and white? I don't use modern digital cameras to photograph and tell the story of the wild horses. I use classic black and white film because color photographs created with modern digital cameras recreate what you might see in nature, and while I can appreciate those images, it isn't suitable for my creative vision. I am doing something bold and different.
Black and white film allows me to take a step away from reality by removing color and enabling you to connect with the horses in a unique way that is centered on feeling and emotion. I want you to feel what I feel when I am with the wild horses.
Directly converting color digital images into black and white does not duplicate the feeling and emotion of black and white film images. For that reason, I am going against the grain of modern digital photography, and I am using classic black and white film to tell the story of the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri.
I know you will love these new black and white prints when you get them in your hands.
I am in the process of making some new prints of the foal, and I will share those with you when they are ready next week.
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