Takin’ in the view

31 05 2016

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Handsome pony … stunning view of McKenna Peak and Temple Butte across Spring Creek Basin.

Yep, must be mustang country.

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Happy post-Memorial Day! Thanks to our vets for your service!





Fire on gold

30 05 2016

Tesora

Lovely Tesora shines against Knife Edge, lit up by the setting sun. Check out that wind knot! Pretty impressive for a little girl. 🙂





Bloomin’

29 05 2016

Claret cup cacti blooms.

 

Soft and prickly – (part of) the beauty of nature’s deserts. 🙂 Claret cup cacti are among my favorites.





Who goes anywhere near here?

28 05 2016

Storm

Ever vigilant, Storm guards his family from all intruders – even little ones.





Meeting Prongs

27 05 2016

I was just walking along when …

Pronghorn buck in Spring Creek Basin.

This pronghorn buck was napping when I crested a little hill and saw him. He stood up, and I stood still. Apparently, he didn’t detect a threat, so he laid back down.

Pronghorn buck in Spring Creek Basin.

Note: All the little red bits are blooms of claret cup cacti, which seem particularly spectacular – and prolific – this year.

Pronghorn buck in Spring Creek Basin.

These photos all are significantly cropped. Pronghorns are much warier of intrusions by two-legged intruders than the mustangs. 🙂

Interesting trivia:

They’re the fastest North American land mammal – actually, the fastest in the entire Western Hemisphere, according to Wikipedia.

Wyomingites call pronghorns “speed goats.”

Pronghorns are not antelope, which is why it’s correct to call them pronghorns (pronghorn/pronghorns for plural animals? that’s one I’m not sure about).

Pronghorns prefer crawling under fences to jumping over them, which is why wildlife-friendly fencing that takes elk calves and deer fawns into consideration also considers this knowledge about pronghorn behavior – stringing the lowest wire strand at least 18 inches off the ground.

Pronghorns aren’t currently hunted in Disappointment Valley because their population is low (likely *because of* previous hunting). They seem to be working toward recovery because while they’re infrequently seen, they ARE seen.

Visit Wikipedia for more information about these cool mammals.

A fantastic book (thanks, David Temple!) is Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn.





Warm shoulder

26 05 2016

Tesora and Ty

 

Ty seems to be asking Tesora for some help with the gnats. The blasted (and blasting) wind is a big help to keep them at bay, but they’re still aggravating little buggers.





25 05 2016

Chrome

 

Chrome in all his wild handsomeness, right down to his sweet little mustachio and chewing on a sprig of grass!