Wild Horses, and wild fall colours

The Camera Club had one of its largest turnouts ever for the Wild Horse photo shoot this fall! Pat Johnston, our past president, assembled over 20 members at our usual parking lot early Saturday morning—we car-pooled in 6 vehicles up the forestry trunk road (Highways 40) at first light to catch the early morning sun on the Rockies from the Waiparous Viewpoint. The nippy weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of our members, but did add some vibrant colours to the majestic views of Alberta’s foothills and Rockies.

The purpose of our trip was to capture images of wild horses. We were certainly not disappointed, the group encountered them along the gravel highway about 6 different times. The horses obliged us with close shots as well as a few action shots—the colts stole the show, of course. The markings are a clue to their family trees, as seen with twin colts and their mother.

Along the way were scenic spots of medium and distant views, the fall colours were gorgeous and ever changing with the light. Front light or back light, the opportunities for great photographs never ended. We made it to our final view point early afternoon: Ram Falls, near Nordegg. The site has been made easily accessible by Alberta Parks and we all managed some great shots of the falls. After lunch and an impromptu birthday tailgate party for Joan Fox, at which Pat handed out fancy cupcakes for us all to enjoy, we had one last visit with our fellow photographers before we found our way back to Cochrane. We were aback around 5 pm. What a day! Sunshine, lots and lots of wild horses, spectacular fall colours! Thanks Pat, for your leadership, and hoping the members all remember to send your best photos to Bruce for our next general meeting!

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