Trip pix: Once, twice, three times a horse

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, 2007

Here is one of the all-time favorite travel photos I’ve taken. I knew as soon as I took the photo that it was going to be a favorite of mine, and it also gets a lot of comments from friends and family.

We have this hanging in our house and I’ve used it to made notecards for friends.

In the summer of 2007, Lee and I drove from Wichita, Kan., through the southern part of Colorado and into Utah. Our goal was to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary — the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary — in Kanab, Utah, and to see the national parks in the area.

It was our first trip to Utah and definitely won’t be our last. The parks there are truly stunning and I can’t believe more people don’t know about these amazing areas that aren’t a bad drive from Kansas. We never went farther north than I-70 while in Utah and we saw all five national parks in the state in this order: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches. We also saw Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

This photo happened at Capitol Reef. We were exploring the Gifford Homestead when I had Lee stop the car so I could take a photo of this barn. As I was framing the shot, a horse walked out from behind the barn, then another and then another. I couldn’t believe my luck and started clicking away for the few seconds I had the horses where I wanted them.

I’ve found the best photo opportunities leave little time for planning and over-analyzing. And even though I know this, I still take 50 shots of the same thing given the chance!


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