HSVCC organizes numerous field trips each year whereby the group goes out to photograph the site.
Here are the upcoming field trips for the rest of this year. Photos to follow.
Mowdy Ranch Mustangs
From: Kurtis Sutley
Sue and I travelled to Colgate, Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago to photograph the wild mustangs protected there on the Mowdy Ranch. You can research the facility at mowdyranch.com. The trip (also over the Talimena Scenic Drive) took about 5 hours and was well worth the slight detour. The trip was about 250 miles with a stop for lunch in McAlester.
Mowdy Ranch is privately owned but leased by BLM (Bureau of Land Management of the Dept. of the Interior). It is one of only three wild mustang sanctuaries open to the public. Cost of lodging is participant dependent. A bunk room that sleeps 8 costs $150 per night for the whole room. They also have suites that sleep 4 (one bunk bed and one queen bed) that costs $100 per night. Guided photo tours are $50 per person and last around three hours. Tours are conducted in either 5 person Gators or on a trailer pulled by tractor. Cancellations for any reason are tolerated without penalty.
They do have a complete kitchen, but I recommend breakfast at Nana’s in Colgate or lunch/dinner at either of the restaurants in Colgate. After a late afternoon or early morning of photography, cooking and cleaning is the last thing on my bucket list. Colgate is about 15 minutes from the ranch.
I would strongly recommend mid-October to get the best colors along the Talimena Dr. Suggested scenario:
Depart HSV at 0800
Travel over Talimena Dr. and arrive Mowdy Ranch around 1500 (3 P.M.)
Settle into rooms and then do afternoon shoot until 2000 (8 P.M.)
We could bring frozen pizzas for dinner or head for town for late dinner.
Get up for morning shoot 0600-0900.
Check out and head home to arrive back around 6 P.M.
Total cost per person not counting food around $150.
If interested, please contact me or Janet Rowe so we can get a preliminary head count.
Visit their web site. It has pictures of all the facilities. mowdyranch.com