Mohawk rocker

18 06 2021

Ol’ Mr. Blue Eyes apparently liked Storm’s fashionable hair-do from last year, so now he’s rockin’ his own mohawk. 🙂

Short, dark and handsome

17 06 2021

A bit of late-evening light, and Maiku glows like the good-looking boy he is!

Observing the observer

16 06 2021

Madison stops to check the wide, far range as her family moseys on in their grazing. She seems to be looking at a couple of bands in wildcat valley (can you see the one band by the very visible white dot in the yonder distance?).

No threat was posed, and off she went, grazing and moseying, family around her.

Top of my world

15 06 2021
Upper Disappointment Valley from Dawson Draw Road.

From high on the south side of Disappointment Valley, this is part of the amazing view looking eastish. Lone Cone is the prominent lone (!) peak in the far center background. Brumley Point and Temple Butte are visible at left.

Upper Disappointment Valley and beyond from Dawson Draw Road. Lone Cone and Groundhog Mountain visible

Layers and layers and layers of magnificence. Disappointment Road is visible in the middle distance and at far right. San Miguel Mountains in the center distance, and Groundhog Mountain slightly nearer to the right.

Spring Creek Basin from Dawson Draw Road above Disappointment Valley

And looking down into my heart’s own home ground: Spring Creek Basin. Round Top and Knife Edge are visible from here … and all the millions of other unnamed (or named only by me) places I traverse in my travels to see the mustangs. There actually are horses in this pic, though I’m not sure they show up in this very long and very far cellphone view. 🙂 Do they need to? The magic of knowing they’re there is enough.

Wisdom of pinon and mustang

14 06 2021

Storm does know how to strike a pose under the spreading pinon tree.

Busy azz a bee

13 06 2021

The cacti are among Spring Creek Basin’s most prolific wildflower producers.

The bees are happy, happy.

Gnatty, knotty girl

12 06 2021

What a dirty girl! Reya’s been living wild and free, and if she takes a spa day now and then, to help ward off those pesky gnats (!), who’s to blame her?!

Black and white in the golden light

11 06 2021

It’s very hard to get laidback, nonchalant Corazon to look my way with his “wild stallion” look. That’s not to say he’s not alert and ever watchful … just that he disdains my human presence as not much worthy of note (which is OK by me).

Wisps of light

10 06 2021

Just enough wind and just enough light make pretty Chipeta glow.


Tonight is the night of Kat Wilder‘s in-person reading of her memoir, “Desert Chrome,” at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado. Please join us if you’re in the area. Tickets ($10) are required (see link for details and location). “Desert Chrome” is getting rave reviews from readers! To get your copy, order directly from Torrey House Press, from your local independent bookseller, such as Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado, or chain if you must or Amazon (if you must!).

Water catchment: phase 2, part 2

9 06 2021

This was a short day because of the concrete in the post holes. It has to set/cure before more work can be done. Our part of the world is heating up, one of the guys will be on fire detail, and another person will be on vacation, and there’s monitoring to do on a lotta range – not just Spring Creek Basin.

So without further ado, let’s continue with the last bit of work that happened in the basin a week ago.

More measuring had to happen to ensure that the structure will be “square” in its rectangular layout. I can’t remember the dimensions, but there’s going to be a lot of roof space on which to catch rain and snow!

Also the inner measurements had to be taken.

Then more drilling and more cutting. …

And more concrete pouring (and Jim was back from his weed spraying).

We did have a bit of excitement when the augur got stuck in the hole. They used the section of steel pipe to try to leverage it out of the hole, and even I lent my muscles to the task (now THAT would have been a pic – all five of us heaving on the augur, which was stuck fast in the hole). in the end, they had to dig it out from where it had gotten stuck on rocks.

While the guys continued to set posts and pour concrete, they acquired a bit of an audience. Do you see them?

How ’bout now? 🙂

The posts are in. Next, the purlins have to be welded in place to complete the structure for the roof panels. As it happens, I’ll document it!