Smoke ‘n spots

17 08 2018

Chipeta; Temple Butte and McKenna Peak

Always the prettiest things out there. 🙂

 

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Happy anniversary, Mom & Dad!

16 08 2018

Alegre and Hollywood

My parents, Nancy and Dave, are celebrating 49 years of married life today. 🙂

Horses and family have been a constant in our family always. Horses brought them together as teenagers in Ohio, and they have horses, still, in Texas.

Forty-nine years, folks. (That’s just married life!) That’s a lot of memories. 🙂 A very lot of very good memories.

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad. 🙂 I love you both SO much!





‘I think I saw a cloud …’

15 08 2018

S'aka

I think I saw a cloud yesterday
It hung around a minute, then it just blew away
It’s another identical, dusty day
Only thing not telling a lie is the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

All signs fail in a dry spell
Don’t look to the sky
It’s got nothing to tell
But there are cracks in the ground
that run straight to hell
Maybe we’re paying for our sins
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

Bone dry rocks where the water used to flow
Remember how fast it ran and how high it rose
Now that creek bed is empty as a dead man’s coat
Waitin’ for the wake to begin.

Old gambler crow sittin’ on a fence line
Lookin’ at me like he can read my mind
He says this country’s gonna pick you clean every time
Leave you twistin’ in the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

Bone dry rocks where the water used to flow
Remember how fast it ran and how high it rose
Now that creek bed is empty as a dead man’s coat
Waitin’ for the wake to begin.

I think I saw a cloud yesterday
It hung around a minute, then it just blew away
It’s another identical dusty day
Only thing not tellin’ a lie is the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

We’re all twistin’ in the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

~ Dave Stamey, “Never Gonna Rain Again,” Twelve Mile Road

It’s hard to see any clouds for the smoke … and we MUST believe it’s gonna rain again. 🙂





Fly away free

14 08 2018

Birds in Spring Creek Basin

Not much escape from the smoke these days.





Moseyin’

13 08 2018

Aspen

Aspen ambles after his band. Even a fairly close photo shows the haze of smoke.





‘Be cautious with fire’

12 08 2018

Pintos

Not much to say. … Terribly smoky. Many more people dealt with the smoke from the 416 and Burro fires – nearer to denser populated areas. Now smoke from other fires is blowing and settling in other places.

And there’s California …

None of it is good.

For a moment, a chance of rain appeared in our forecast for Friday. … Now there’s no trace of that chance.

Still, we hope.

(The blog post title came from a highway sign I saw yesterday that read: “Be cautious with fire and cigarettes.” Uh. … Really?!?!?! I have a much less polite way of thinking that people ought to be “cautious” with fires (!?) OR cigarettes (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!)





Grey in the morning, red in the evening

11 08 2018

Temple Butte, socked in by smoke

Temple Butte and McKenna Peak seen through the haze of dense smoke on Friday morning. This view is looking east, around 10:30 a.m.

Skywalker, smoky sunset

Skywalker grazes against a smoky sunset a little after 8 p.m. Thursday.