Super flower blood moon eclipse!

16 05 2022

The full moon rises last night from beyond McKenna Peak and Temple Butte … already in the first phase of its lunar eclipse.

Our planet is just pretty damn cool. With an also super (get it) cool and awesome moon. 🙂





Moon watchers

15 05 2022

And look at that blue, blue Colorado sky. 🙂





Gusty

14 05 2022

Lovely Maia bears the wind.

(Yes, she’s grey, but most of the grey you’re seeing is mud!)





Winded

13 05 2022

This pic was taken Wednesday, the last truly terrible day of wind (so far, I hope). Though Corazon doesn’t look too battered in this single still image, I assure you, the wind WAS battering – as shown by the dust partially obscuring McKenna Peak and Temple Butte in the background.





Half-grey, 2

12 05 2022

The mud does show better on a very grey mustang. 🙂





Wind, please blow away

11 05 2022

Seneca, like all the rest of us, is really, really, REALLY tired of the wind.

We’ll want some breeze when the atmosphere grows still, and the gnats start to swarm and the heat starts to overwhelm. … But right now? We are so over the gale-force winds that suck out the moisture we don’t even have to give and fill our sky with dust.





The curious case of the half-grey mustang

10 05 2022

Sundance has been doing a bit of, er, mud-dipping lately, it seems. 🙂





Ground ‘n glow

9 05 2022

A little late-day excitement as a stallion keeps his mare away from another stallion.

Can’t go wrong with that glow … or that background … or those mustangs! 🙂





Happy Mother’s Day!

8 05 2022

To all the mothers and motherly ones out there whom we love and who inspire us to care for each other and be kind. 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day, especially to my mom: I love you! 🙂





Welcoming committee

7 05 2022

This wonderful sight greeted me the other day as I drove into Spring Creek Basin and gave me a face-stretching grin right from the beginning.

I tie the look-at-me flagging to this sign every autumn right before third rifle season in an attempt to remind the hordes that off-road travel is verboten in the basin (throughout Disappointment Valley, as numerous signs warn). But the flagging is relevant year-round, also, particularly, in the spring when people emerge from winter hibernation and flock to the backcountry (for recreation as well as to hunt “sheds” – antlers shed by mule deer and elk – that can go for big bucks).

Neither the flagging nor the signs are a complete deterrent (as some folks “helpfully” remind me, people need to be able to read …), and every fall and spring (particularly), I find tracks of vehicles that have gone off the road and up and down broad arroyos.

Contaminates in the waterways, destruction of vulnerable seeps, crushing of vegetation that may take years – if ever – to recover. Those are just some of the reasons we want people to stick to the established roads and OFF the rest of the sensitive areas.

Most people are good visitors, I’m happy to say. There are always those who don’t care or believe they can go wherever they want to go because they’re in a vehicle that *can* take them there and/or are too lazy to get off/out of their buggies and walk 30 yards (or so) to look over a ridge or examine our water catchments. But the majority are respectful, and for that, I’m grateful.