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vermejo again

i was lucky enough to be invited back to vermejo last week for another shoot.

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the hummingbirds were very social.

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there are a few groups of ferrel horses on the property. ¬†they don’t call them wild because at some point they were broken and used by humans. ¬†but they are now ferrel because they have been released and are free to roam the 600k acres.

i came across a group of about a dozen on the road down to the main lodge.  i stopped the car and stepped out to snap a few shots.  two of the horses came right up to me and began sniffing.  they gently rubbed their long faces against me.

i had no idea what was going on, but it seems these powerful, wild creatures wanted to be friends.  perhaps they missed the strange bond that horses and humans share.

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one of them seemed interested in tasting my camera.

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i had a strong urge to hop up on one of their backs and see if they remembered what it was like to transport a human to and fro.  i decided against that idea.

it was really hard to get back in the car and leave my new friends…

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but i did. ¬†after all, we had lots of great wine to drink…

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the next day, we set out for lower underwood lake to catch some trout. ¬†i have never fly fished before, so i thought i’d give it a try…

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with the help of a fantastic guide, and a lot of luck, i got to land a 3 lb brown.  good looking fish!

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that afternoon, john and i headed for the streams.  fly fishing streams is a whole different game, and frankly, my confidence was high and i wanted to give that a shot as well.

the weather had different plans however.  the sky opened with reckless fury.  lightning and wind kept us from fishing the rest of the day.

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we set out at 6 a.m. the next morning to catch our flight out of amarillo.  on the way out of vermejo, we were treated to a spectacular sunrise.

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a great last memory to hold in my mind of this amazing place…

i sincerely hope i have the opportunity to return, some day.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

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