Day 1

2 01 2013

The year 2013 had an auspicious start in Disappointment Valley: Golden winter sunlight followed by clouds and snow followed by brilliant winter sunshine that set the snow sparkling in a million colors. This followed nearly a full day yesterday of snow! That added up to maybe 5 inches of the moist white stuff in the lower Disappointment. For the time being, it leaves us pretty in white!


Little mister blue-eyes might win the designation as the crop of 2012’s “class clown”! His family found a bit of water – unfrozen – in the bottom of a pond. While mama drank (out of the frame to the lower left), Kwana made funny faces to “auntie” Winona with a bit of phragmites (I think that’s what they are; more seen in the background).



6 responses

2 01 2013
Puller Lanigan

I’m curious to see what color Kwana turns this summer. I know you said he would be gray. Kinda wish he would stay the same color his is now (stunning), but even if he turns dun with blue eyes (or gray), he will still be such a handsome fellow.

2 01 2013

He’s definitely grey, and he’ll continue to get lighter throughout his life, like daddy Chrome in the background. No chance he’s dun. Sorry. 🙂 Daddy is grey; mama Terra is grey, and both of Terra’s parents are grey (Grey/Traveler and Houdini). I didn’t know Chrome’s parents, but I’d bet anything at least one of them was grey. Literally, it’s in his genes! His eyes, though …
Terra had blue eyes as a baby, but no more. Hers weren’t as striking as his, though. If I had to guess, I’d guess his also will darken with age.

2 01 2013
kay frydenborg

Great blog! I read about it and you in a recent Issue of High Country News that a friend shared with me. My book Wild Horse Scientists came out from Houghton Mifflin Books for Children in November, and I’ve been blogging about the wild horses of both Assateague Island and out west in my own blog ( and at Houghton Mifflin’s site site for the Scientists in the Field series ( I hope it’s okay that I mentioned and linked to your blog in my last post. I’m wondering if it would be possible to republish any of your wonderful images at my blog and the HM one, or if you’d be interested in writing a guest post, maybe? I’m constantly looking for material.

My book is focused primarily on the work of Jay Kirkpatrick on Assateague and in Montana. I worked with Jay on the book and got to know him pretty well, so I was interested to read of your work with him and PZP in your corner of the world.

Thanks, hope to hear from you!

2 01 2013

Thank you – and yes, that’s fine to link here! What a wonderful book and way to get kids interested in wild horses – and management solutions. Jay must be thrilled! What an amazing man he is. I wonder if he would do a guest blog post for you? I’d love to! We’ve been trying to do some outreach with schools in this area to get local kids interested in and aware of their local mustang herd. What a great book yours is to recommend to them!

2 01 2013
Kay frydenborg

Thanks, and I would definitely love to have a guest post from you. Just let me know when you’d like to do it. And that’s a good idea to ask Jay. I was so happy that he liked the book. He is amazing, you’re right. One of the greatest things about writing this book was getting to know him.

3 01 2013
Pat Amthor

Great to catch the humor!

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