You see them grazing on public lands that surround Albuquerque. Indeed, they are one of the most significant reminders of the cowboy and ranching heritage of New Mexico. The wild horses that have survived on the New Mexican range are a genetic and historic remnant of the Old West. The characteristics that were important in the Old West days are still found in our wild horses and burros: strength, endurance, and reliability. They are medium to heavy boned, carry themselves in a collected manner, and are surefooted over rough terrain. Adopters find gentled wild horses to be a smooth ride, capable of performing all day, and burros are reliable pack and companion animals. Their only natural predator is the mountain lion. In order to maintain the wild horse population at ecologically sustainable levels, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed, unanimously, through Congress and signed by former President Nixon on December 15, 1971. It became Public Law 92-195, which protects wild horses and burros within designated territories on both Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.
This “Wild Horses, New Mexico” photo was captured more than seven years ago with a Pentax K110D and Pentax 50-200mm lens along the old Route 66 between Albuquerque and Grants, New Mexico (about 40 miles outside of Albuquerque). Digital frame created with free paint effects software Fotosketcher. -Photo by Donald Peterson, Newark1 Web Design Studio.
I've moved our Albuquerque Photos page to a new home. We recently developed a specialty website that features an Albuquerque Restaurants & Hotels Guide and decided that it would be a great place to feature our growing collection of Albuquerque, New Mexico photos. We invite you to visit us there if you have an interest… A Photographer's Journey Through New Mexico Memories of New Mexico haunt me. I spent more than three years living in New Mexico, and became thoroughly seduced by its charms as both a culture and photographic subject. From my base in Albuquerque, I spent many hours exploring the length and depth of this quietly beautiful state… This photo shows a setting from the Wild West T's gift shop in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cowboy hospitality in golden hour light. Photo by Don Peterson Scenic New Mexico is captured in these photos shot in 2006. They show highlights of various attractions in New Mexico, starting with this iconic image of an Adobe storefront in Taos. Like Santa Fe, Taos derives much of its charm from its historic southwestern culture and Native American influences. Here we see a classic example:… This is a beautiful sight on a crisp, early October morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A hot-air balloon from the 2012 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was photographed in flight against a backdrop of a powder blue New Mexico sky. Notwithstanding the opinion of Barnum & Bailey, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of the…