The dark and the light

20 01 2022

Maia and Shane look winter-lovely as they make their way to a pond with their family.

It’s so good to have ponds – mostly iced over and thawing during the day at the edges where the horses drink – this winter, as it means we’ll have water in at least the spring. But that brown ground, almost as far as the eye can see (we get no benefit from La Sal Mountain runoff), does not bode well.

A small chance of afternoon snow tomorrow has entered our forecast, and we’re crossing fingers, toes and paws!

Looking snow-ward

19 01 2022

The sky looked promising for some kind of moisture, and maybe the mountains got a delivery of snow, but Disappointment Valley is still waiting. We’re all still waiting … rather impatiently!

Just right

18 01 2022

Mariah might look all beautiful and statuesque … but she was really just paused while scratching an itch on that branch. 馃檪

Magic rising

17 01 2022

The spin of the Earth, the rising/waxing/waning of the moon … all can be scientifically explained.

Why, then, does its appearance always elicit such awe?

Because there’s always – still – a hint of associated magic. 馃檪


I’m always losing track of days of the week, let alone holidays, but it’s worth noting that today marks the observance of the birthday and the celebration of the life of civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more at this link. And follow this link to the transcript of King’s famous “I have a dream” speech from 1963.

We should all aspire to be advocates for freedom and equality, compassion and kindness.

So gold

16 01 2022

Talk about some wild, perfect blending-in, eh!? Golden girl Rowan catches up to her mare friends after drinking at the basin’s main water catchment.

A little more brown

15 01 2022

Denver and Colorado’s central mountains got snow.

Southwest Colorado got another blue sky.

It’s glorious, for sure. But those brown lands need some white gold.

Maiku, as usual, takes it all in stride, even the mud. 馃檪

Three for we

14 01 2022

Speaking of compli/ementary, aren’t these girls gorgeous?! I was glad to see them again after a little while of them being out of sight and exploring the nooks and crannies and arroyos of their new home.

Feel free to compliment their complementary good looks! I can’t wait to see those glowing coats against fresh snow, so, Mother Nature, if you’re reading this, please feel free to cloud up our turquoise sky and let loose!


13 01 2022


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Both words work equally well when describing Cassidy Rain and her snowy-ridge background, eh?

Shadow across the mountains

12 01 2022

It’s nice to see the mountains with a fresh mantle of white, even as we have mud from melted snow. Depending on which side of the slopes you’re on, there’s less (south-facing) or more (north-facing) snow in Spring Creek Basin. When the going gets muddy, walking on snow is much easier – at least for those of us with two legs and flat feet.

Nap time

11 01 2022

When the cold air is sun-warmed and the ground is soft (OK, muddy), a little nap is just the ticket when the belly is full (look at that belly!).

In the distance, clouds were clearing from the base of Utah’s La Sal Mountains – (relatively) warm ground plus passing snow over the mountains.