It ended with me and a band of wild horses in Teddy Roosevelt National Park at sunset.
After spending the afternoon wandering in the badlands with several bands of horses the sun started to drop below the horizon. As I lay on the ground trying to silhouette the horses against the sky a couple young stallions walked up to check me out.
Before long the horses started walking away as the sun kept getting lower.
I did my best to keep finding angles which allowed me to silhouette the horses and put some colorful sky behind them.
And I kept on shooting as a herd stallion walked up a small hill.
I wasn't sure how I was doing with the actual photos. I was focusing manually and checking to see if the exposure was correct. But I realized it was a heck of an opportunity.
I literally thanked this stallion several times for pausing on this ridge while I was making these images. He stood there a few seconds, and then walked down the hill joining the rest of his band in the shadows below.
I sat in the grass thankful for the day and the experience, before walking the half mile back to my car.