River Eelgrass

March 24, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

When visiting Arizona's wild horses that live along the Salt river, a few miles east of Phoenix, you may wonder how on earth these large animals find enough food to survive in the desert.

Situated in the Sonoran desert, you may wonder the same about the Phoenix metro's human population of 4,6 million.  That was the first thing I pondered after I moved there in 2015.  I lived in the Phoenix area for 3.5 years until I finally got enough of the heat in 2018 and started my nomadic journey as a wildlife photographer and writer.  Seeing so many people live in a barren desert, swimming pools filled up in the backyard, it makes you wonder how much longer this can continue, with ground water levels being depleted at an alarming rate (for example, click here)... but that's a story for a different - not wildlife photography - blog.

In comparison, the Salt River wild horse population is around 450.  Life in the desert is not easy for them but the river is their save and grace.  Especially during periods of drought, they rely on the river's eelgrasses.  Here are a few pictures of the wild horses munching on them.


 



 

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