On the morning of my third full day in Eastern Oregon
in April 2012, I headed out first thing in the morning in search of the elusive Kiger Mustangs.
From my "base camp" at the Frenchglen Hotel,
it took me about an hour to drive the 34 miles to the beginning of the jeep trail that would take me 11 more miles to the Kiger Wild Horse Viewing Area.
After another hour of navigating this rough "road" that made me very glad I had a high-clearance, 4x4 truck, I finally arrived at the Viewing Area, but there was nary a horse to be seen. After all that time and effort, in my disappointment and disgust I dubbed them "the invisible mustangs!" And I still had to make the hour-long, 11-mile, white-knuckle trip back to the "main road." On top of all that, I was starting to feel under the weather, and was wishing I were at home resting.
Even though I didn't catch even a glimpse of the Kiger Mustangs, I did get some interesting shots in this remote wilderness just north of Steens Mountain.
In all, I took 116 photos, which I have distilled down to the best 23, including two panoramas. I especially like the two black and white photos of Steens Mountain.