Open to pines, spruces, and fir of the Colorado high country.
A young man on his solid blue roan are loping to a high alpine tarn-- turquoise like a bowl of dragon sweat.
The young man dismounts and untacks the horse. As the young man takes off his boots, leaning on a dislodged boulder, the horse takes the young man's stetson with his mouth and laughs (horses can laugh.) The rider chases the horse barefoot and bare-chested on the needles and pebbles of the shore.
An underwater perspective of the horse's hooves entering the tarn hesitantly until the entire animal is swimming. The young man's legs are on the side of the bareback roan. There is a lot of splashing and sunshine--summer is being kind.
The roan and the man are swimming separately and the rider fills his mouth with water. He spits it out like old faithful between the gap in his front teeth at the horse. The horse laughs and splashes him. The man slides back on the roan.
YOUNG MAN Yeeeeeeehhaaaaaaaawwwwwwww!!!!
The man and the horse find a make-do shore and the young man dries his uncovered body on hot granite. The horse shakes off the water, looking bluer than the blue bird skies of the mountain West.
Miles Griffis 2014