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Gene Krasko Photography

+ Animals

Asturian wild horses
inherent Curiosity
Asturian natives
The look that goes right into your soul...
Touched by the Rainbow
Waiting for fresh fish

Asturian wild horses

It was around sunset time and I was hiking in the mountains, shooting landscapes and enjoying the scenery, when I noticed a small group of wild horses (known in Asturias as Asturcón) entering the plateau close to where I was standing. As I don't have experience of photographing wildlife I did the best I could to capture these wild beauties.

inherent Curiosity

Curiosity isn't only a human trait...These wonderful creatures will put to shame even the most experienced alpinists. The Iberian ibex Capra pyrenaica populates the Iberian Peninsula and consisted originally of four subspecies. However with recent extinctions occurring within the last century, only two of the subspecies still exist. These two subspecies of ibexes, the Capra pyrenaica hispanica and the Capra pyrenaica victoriae, can be found along the Spanish Iberian Peninsula and have even migrated and settled into the coast of Portugal. Capra pyrenaica are strong mountainous animals characterized by their large and flexible hooves and short legs. These physical adaptations allow them to be able to run and leap on bare, rocky, rough, and steep slopes. This gives them an advantage over potential predators that possibly cannot reach them because of the terrain.

Asturian natives

Cows are as much a symbol of Asturias as its snow capped mountains and you will see them roaming around pretty much everywhere. I met these two while hiking around Covadonga lakes in Picos de Europa mountains.

The look that goes right into your soul...

I found this kitten while looking for a spot to shoot panorama of Port de Soller from above the town... I asked him to pose for me and he liked the idea:)

Touched by the Rainbow

I was hiking in the Sueve mountains near Mirador del Fito looking for a shot of the Cantabrian sea below when a group of wild horses entered the plateu just a few meters from me. I sat there watching them play for a few minutes and they didn't seem to notice me at all. I was trying to take a shot of the whole group when they realized I was there and ran away from me down the slope... But one of the horses not only stayed, but actually came closer to me and looked me right in the eye... I looked back... and then there was this strong feeling of me being one with him and with everything that we were surrounded with - the grass, the trees, the sky, the wind and the ocean down below... It is moments like this that make me stop and realize that I am actually alive right then, right there...

Waiting for fresh fish

Skiathos, Greece