Corona reunited

27 01 2011

Corona is back with her mama Raven, auntie Kootenai and stepdaddy Kreacher.

They were watching a giant group of deer climbing Filly Peak, and between the deer on Filly Peak …

… and the deer with them (see two of them?) …

and another band of horses …

… and the cattle … I didn’t have quite the quiet visit I had hoped. But I was glad to see Corona back with her family! 🙂

Linda asked how far I had to walk to get to the horses last week. That was 15-20 minutes. Today, I was out for five hours, and most of it was hiking. I thought it would be fun to show you where I came from … and where I went. It’s hard to give you a good idea of the distance because I had just my long lens and it cut out half the foreground distance!

From close to my farthest distance (coming back from checking Kreacher’s with the cattle). The rightmost arrow is a rough approximation of where I came up the hill. (Edit: The leftmost arrow is about where Chrome’s band was last week when I visited with them.) The Disappointment Road isn’t far below. Chrome’s are actually out there – see ’em? 🙂 We apparently passed each other, and I didn’t see them until I got to this vantage.

A little later … the other horses on the hill. They’re definitely missing a member. Do you know who they are?

Then, from there (the arrows above) … looking back to where I am in the above two pix:

The leftmost arrow is where I first saw Kreacher’s – with Corona! – earlier in the day. I walked on down the hill (to the right as I take the above photo) and just sat in the snow for a while, surveying the basin, enjoying how much warmer 2 degrees (and no wind) felt from last week. I saw Grey/Traveler’s family for the first time this year. I saw Bounce’s family WAY up to the northeast. The rightmost arrow is close to the farthest away I went. At the very right – right of the rightmost arrow – is the western base of Filly Peak. Between here and there are a lot of arroyos – narrow but deep and very steep-walled – in other words, difficult to get from here to there – and back. I went to see Corona with her family … seeing ??? was a bonus!

More to come, as always.



7 responses

28 01 2011

Holy cow, that’s a lot of walking!! Thanks for showing me on the photos. I don’t know how you do it, but the pictures you get wouldn’t be possible unless you did.

28 01 2011
Linda Horn

Good to see Corona back with her bandmates. And my “holy cow” is actually a question. What are the “ever-so-holy” cows doing there? Is this a year-round allotment?

28 01 2011

Linda R – A little later, I’ll add an arrow to that first pic to show you roughly where Chrome’s were last week when I spent time with them. This week, I couldn’t drive into the basin because the snow is melting, and about a quarter of a mile up the road toward the basin, I decided that was really NOT a good idea and backed all the way out! So I went up on the hill blind, just having faith that I’d been seeing horses there for the last few weeks.

Linda Horn – Yes, I’m glad to see Corona back with her family. I was very hopeful it would happen. It would be interesting to know how long she was away. Cattle are permitted in the basin from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28 every year, during the dormant growing season. I never remember to ask how many cattle, but I think it’s 200 or fewer (the first day they went in, I counted 85, for what that’s worth). It used to be a lot more before NMA/CO bought out one rancher’s permit (two originally) and retired those AUMs permanently (that was before I got involved). A subsequent EA found there were still too many cattle on the remaining permit and reduced the numbers. I don’t mind, and I like that there is someone out there full time looking after the cattle because it means he watches the horses, too. This is just our situation, mind you.

13 02 2011
george d

tj, i would like to go on abt your wonderful site and what you do but others before have said it more forcefully than i ever could, i noted one spot where
you showed the border patrol’,s use of mustangs. you may enjoy, if you haven’t already, reading about the marine’s color guard………all mustangs, all palomino
from nevada. several interesting sites can be found by googoling (?)
marine color guard/mustang horses.
“in widness is the preservation of the world”………..henry david thoreau

13 02 2011

Thank you, George! Aren’t the Marines’ mustangs gorgeous? I have no power to withstand a mustang ridden by a man in uniform. 😉 (I’m an Army brat, by the way.) I saw them during the Rose Bowl Parade, but my TV went on the blink before I saw Madeleine Pickens’ float. Spectacular – and I love that they have chosen mustangs as their mounts.

13 02 2011
Linda Horn

Did you know there’s a Marine Corps Mustang Association? Their newsletter is called the “Mustengo”.

A quote from their website: “There is no honor greater than to be called “Mustang”. You have long epitomized the warrior virtues of courage, devotion to duty, sacrifice, and imaginative leadership.”

And these palominos don’t just dress up for ceremonial occasions, they have “day jobs” as well –,riderangeatMCLB.aspx

13 02 2011

Great info! Thanks, Linda!

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