On the way back from my recent trip to the Tetons, I stopped at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in North Dakota. I'd been wanting to visit there for years now for one reason: wild horses.
I was tired and still had another 7 hours to drive to get back home, but I figured I'd take a drive through at least some of the park and see if I could find any horses. It ended up that I spotted four herds and stopped to take pictures of three of them. The second was just after the first. I wanted to cover some miles and see what else I could see, so I passed them by. I also took pictures of prairie dogs and bison.
A couple of days ago, I took a quick look through some of the pictures from the whole trip and I'd like to share some of them eventually, but in the meantime, I had to share this.
The first herd I saw was this group of greys and roans with a pretty flaxen chestnut.
When I was finally leaving the park, almost 4 hours later, I saw them again. They were on the other side of the road, back behind some trees. I found a spot where I could grab a few pictures out of my driver's side door, between trees.
Traffic was coming, there was nowhere to park right there, so I snapped a few more quick pictures, and got going...
When I was scanning through these pictures just a couple of days ago, I was SHOCKED to see more horses on the ridge behind them.
Where did those horses come from?!
I never saw them!
There was a foal with them!
I was so focused on getting a few more pictures and getting out of there, before I created a traffic jam, that I never even saw the horses in the background.
So I guess there were actually five herds that I came across, but I only knew about four of them. I was pretty bummed that I missed noticing them, especially that baby. However, there would have been no way to get closer for any better pictures - unless I had hiked off the road - and I needed to get going to make it home.
So, yeah, I missed the horses for the horses.