22 Sep 14. Our arrival timing seems to have been a bit off according to at least two local photographers, one professional and the other a hobbyist like me but with a much larger equipment budget. Apparently the area has been experiencing a warmer than normal fall which has most of the large animals still up in the hills, and a very cold 2 day snap about 10 days ago with temps at 10F that resulted in an early color turn. So now I will be having to work a bit harder to make this a successful trip. That said, there is still plenty to photograph, it is just that I need to shift gears from big game to smaller game and ground cover. Our expected herd of bison wasn't here when we arrived, likely destroyed in a local Indian kill of c100 animals earlier this year, but the local foxes have made their presence known twice already. One of the things we've noticed on this trip is the abundance of horses and/or mules on the ranches and smaller pieces of land; it is almost as though one's worth is measured in the number of steeds owned. Another thing we've noticed with respect to the critters is the beautiful coloration that tends to be more of the grays and speckles than the more typically seen brown where we live. Driving along Hwy 191 Sunday we came to a ranch with a couple groups of horses, the larger group stretched out along a fence and the smaller group nestled around a single tree as if they were having a discussion of the round table type. Of the many photos I've captured of these kinds of critters so far, this is my favorite. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; ISO 200; 1/250 sec @ f / 8.