Dear politicians …

31 08 2017

Killian, La Sal Mountains

Seriously, it’s time to put an end to the myth that all wild horses are starving on all public rangelands that they (and they alone) have destroyed.


Spring Creek Basin mustangs


Link to links about how to help people and animals suffering from the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

My folks have lived in Texas since 1992 (after an earlier tour of duty there in the early 1980s). Fortunately, they were on the northwestern edge of the swirl and are grateful for rain received after extremely hot and dry conditions. Our hearts are with all those affected by the devastation.

Gorgeous grey

30 08 2017


Trotting – not to be confused with tweeting – Maia moves up the hill to follow her band during the day of the eclipse.

Matchy, matchy

29 08 2017

Winona, McKenna Peak, Temple Butte

The green land turned golden in the last light of the day, matching beautiful buckskin Winona.

Shade master

28 08 2017


Comanche was smart to protect his eyes during the eclipse by hanging out under a shady juniper. 🙂

Boy of summer

27 08 2017


Killian does love his sunflower dessert. 🙂


26 08 2017

Maia and Houdini

Beautiful grey girls Maia and Houdini stand amid grass and four o’ clock flowers.

So much beauty.

Healthy horse, healthy range

25 08 2017

Kwana, McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

The title says it all.


24 08 2017

Kwana with LBB in Spring Creek Basin.

Check out Kwana’s right ear. 🙂

Yeah … our mustangs are sooooooooooo starving, and our range is soooooooooo destroyed.

Note No. 1: Extreme sarcasm above.

Note No. 2: That’s native galleta and grama grass he’s eating – and a lot of it.

See tomorrow’s pic for the long view.

Pretty ‘n tough

23 08 2017


Four o’clock flowers.

Duke and four-o-clock

Elder Duke and four o’clock!

If anyone knows why it’s called “four-o-clock,” please advise. It can be seen with blooms stretched toward the sun at all times of the day. The above photos were taken well past 4 p.m. … and quite a while before 4 a.m. 🙂 Here’s a Wikipedia link. It blooms all day and into evening – at least until sunset!

Just another sunny day

22 08 2017

Piedra, Aurora and Terra; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte. Solar eclipse.

Except that it was the day of a solar eclipse.

It wasn’t particularly noticeable in southwestern Colorado. The light got a little “weird,” like a high, thin cloud was over the sun in an otherwise mostly clear sky. I didn’t actually look skyward, not having the special glasses, but the weird light lasted quite a long while – 30, 45 minutes?

No blindness was caused in any wild equines within my view (two bands). 🙂 In fact, as far as I could tell, their behavior didn’t change at all.

It seemed quiet … but it’s usually quiet in the basin. The only other thing I noticed was that it didn’t seem as hot as the clear, sunny sky suggested that it should have (our temps have been back in the 90s).

Our day of the solar eclipse was another gorgeous day in Spring Creek Basin. 🙂