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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Under Trees - Hidden and Revealed (series)

My experience as a zookeeper taught me a lot about animal behaviors. I’ve been photographing this free-ranging herd of Welsh ponies for 11 years. They’ve accepted me, in that they ignore my presence and reveal some of their world. I join them as they gather close to each other under the old cedars. Their behavior sometimes shows me “darker” moments which I try not to anthropomorphize. I open to whatever happens. This image is of the matriarch resting while another tail brushes by.

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Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Deer Island, Oregon, United States of America
Copyright: © Kristin Zabawa