All of the photos above are of the wild horses that roam the Sand Wash Basin in northwest Colorado. I had the privilege of spending some time exploring the area and being able to photograph these majestic horses. While they are wild horses, the area is visited by enough respectful people adhering the rule of staying 100 feet away, that they are accustomed to people so that I was able to slowly get close to multiple bands. It was a totally unique experience being able to watch each of these family groups and bachelors in their natural habitat. To have mares and stallions gather around to protect their foals, only to relax with time sensing that I wasn't a threat. To have a bachelor pose and bow for photos and then become interested in me that he tried to follow me around as I struggled to back up and maintain a safe and legal distance. It is incredible to be able to spend time with these horses in their natural habitat, still wild and untamed. Yet they still have habits like most tame horses I know, who can't wait for a chance to roll around in the mud, eat, and spend time with the ones they love. You can feel their resilient spirit, their wildness, and freedom as you spend time in their presence, even if you only get to a short time to spend among their family bands.