The Wild Horses of Cold Creek

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Wild Horses of Cold Creek NV

Wild Horses of
Cold Creek NV

Cold Creek is one of my wife’s favorite places, all because of the wild horses that frequent the area. It has become one of mine, too, because of the great photo opportunities it affords (see herehere, and here). Or see below:

But over the weekend we happened upon this online article. We had heard reports of previous roundups by the local BLM (Bureau of Land Management, who has been selling off desert land to new home developers with no regard to the existing drought) in the past but this is even more criminal- if there can be degrees of criminality, which I believe there is!

Someone should be held accountable!

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28 thoughts on “The Wild Horses of Cold Creek

  1. I love the photos, especially the B&W with the horses playing. We are talking the BLM here. If you want to know what any federal agency really does, take their name and mission statement a reverse them. Most of the water problems in the SW and Western US are due to abysmal land and water management, and they are not much better at managing wild horses. I’m sure you know that 85% of the land in all of Nevada and 89% of the land in Clark County is controlled by the feds?

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    1. Yes. And it always seems to come down to money. Selling off BLM land to developers? And who benefits from the sale? Do you know how many vacant homes and shopping centers there are now in the southwest? Don’t get me started. You just have to figure out who benefits from rounding up the wild horses.

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      1. Rounding up wild horses gives them something to do, I suppose.

        They are building a huge building behind our office that will have residences a bunch of commercial space and a little 12,000 sf grocery store, because the government thinks there needs to be a grocery store in downtown Albuquerque. There are lots of 12,000 sf spaces for rent in downtown, and now another bank is closing its downtown branch so another 12,000 plus sf of space will soon become available.

        If there was a true market and need for a grocery store in downtown, one should have opened in any of the more than appropriate spaces available. But none did, so city officials decided the matter. As far as I can tell, there is not a dime of private money in the building going up just 30 feet from my desk. The land belongs to the City of Albuquerque, and Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and the State of New Mexico all floated industrial revenue bonds for the construction of the building, and even the Feds threw in some cash. Go figure.

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  2. Great images Emilio. Welcome to the capitalist system. I think its criminal also. I just have one question, why is the agency in charge of everything outdoors called “The Dept. of the Interior ” ? Couldn’t have they thought of a better name ? 🙂

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    1. It was amazing. A few minutes earlier I had remarked that they weren’t around. Then, all of a sudden, they are trotting down the center of the street directly at us. We pulled over and took this shot as they passed us. There was a line of cars behind them.

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  3. Emilio, if I only have a few minutes of time to visit your blog, I’m so glad I saw this post. The images are stunning! and what I love is that they are so varied. B&W, HDR (yes?), landscape, and close up. Really, really wonderful!
    but the link and story behind the horses is disturbing!
    Thanks for sharing!

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