Toiyabe National Forest – Wild Horses and Burros


It was my birthday yesterday. I was planning on getting out of the city, and was hoping to experience some high mountain air, see some snow and wild horses. I know.. high expectations. All my wishes came true, and then some.


I was going to take my daughter on this adventure, but mentioned my plans, and we got company. Which was absolutely wonderful, and I didn’t have to drive myself, and could enjoy the experience even more.




I wanted to go to Toiyabe National Forest,Β to theΒ Spring MountainΒ area, because I knew that there’s several herds of wild horses roaming there. The chances of seeing some were pretty good. It also snowed there earlier this week πŸ™‚ Being from the mountains in northern Sweden, I LOVE snow.


I apologize for this photo not being crystal clear, I was shooting towards a very bright sun. I was so surprised to see this unusual friendship between a young moose and a mustang foal.


This is right outside the small off-grid community of Cold Creek (NV.)



I’ve always been fascinated by eyes, and how loud they speak, if we are quiet enough to listen. They really are the eye of the soul. (LOVE my new telephoto zoom lens!!)




If I can have experiences like this, only an hour from home, I can handle living in the city a little longer. I don’t have words to describe what it does to my soul. I hope you can feel it by looking at the photos.


My daughter enjoying lunch, with a scenic view.




Without a doubt the best birthday so far in my life. I got so much more than all my wishes come true.


I’ve seen plenty of wild burros these past few weeks, but haven’t had the chance to actually capture them with my camera, until last night.


This is outside Indian Springs (NV.)


It was a magical day, filled with joy, laughter, love, photo opportunities to die for, fresh mountain air, snow, adventure, presents, and even a homemade cake and song. When I went to bed I was filled with an feeling of immense gratitude, and love in my heart. . and thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes on social media as well. I am so thankful for each and every one of you being a part of my life.


Ms Zen


25 Comments on “Toiyabe National Forest – Wild Horses and Burros

  1. What a marvelous birthday! So many sights and memories and beautiful photos to recall the day! The pictures of your daughter are quite lovely, and I am delighted at the mule and mustang friendship. Neat! Best wishes for your week!

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday!! I can’t believe you found wild horses, your photography is AMAZING! All your photos turned out wonderful and you can feel how these photos touch your soul. The horses and Burros are so neat. Your daughter looks happy and warm too! You are teaching her so MUCH about nature and it’s wonders! I’m glad you had a wonderful , fun-filled, exciting day! β€οΈπŸŽ‚β€οΈπŸŽ‚β€οΈ

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  3. Happy Birthday yesterday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day spent in good company, including the wild kind. πŸ™‚ I think that may be a young elk, as it doesn’t have a moose nose or mule deer ears. It must have got lost from its herd and picked the nearest 4-legged friend to hang out with. I wonder what its story is?
    Your new lens is terrific – I like these photos and the burros are so sweet looking, although they are not known for sweetness. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you Eliza! yes, after a closer look, I believe you are right,. it is definitely a young elk. Would love to know that story! If I would have to guess, it would be that the elks mother met a mountain lion..there’s plenty of them there.
      It’s not very far from home, and I am planning on going back. It’s interesting to see how the dynamic in a herd of horses changes throughout the seasons, and years. there’s a couple herds in northern Nevada that I try to visit at least once a year, usually 2-3 times a year, and have done for 6 years now. It is very interesting! I’m taking notes πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a marvelous week my friend.

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  4. Happy birthday, Maria, from a fellow Sagittarius (12/4)! Amazing but not unusual to see snow in the high desert, I’ll bet you loved it. Gorgeous pics of the horses, love the mooseling!

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