Shapes ‘n shadows

23 11 2019


The land here is not flat. 🙂 Shadows tell the tale.

Look, the look

22 11 2019


Light and shadow, gold and stripes.

It must be Hollywood. 🙂

Besty girls

21 11 2019


These girls ARE in a band – that includes a couple of boys – and they don’t play musical instruments, but they seem to enjoy singing … even bad singing. 🙂

East pocket paradise

20 11 2019


Do you see what I see? Besides the road leading to beautiful country *beyond* the road?

Remember, look for white spots. In our country, they could be rocks or old juniper trees silvery in the light or salt coming to the surface … or grey mustangs, posing as mountain goats in the desert. (That’s a hint: Look fairly high.)


How ’bout now? 🙂 About seven horses are visible, though at best, from this distance, they don’t look much like equines!

I got so giddy, seeing the horses on that high ridge, that apparently all I could blurt out was “mountain goats! mountain goats!” And my friend Karen Keene Day thought I really was talking about mountain goats! No, no, just wild ponies pretending to be sure-footed wooly wonders (well, they ARE all that!), high on a ridge on the farthest east boundary of Spring Creek Basin. 🙂

They’re also deep within McKenna Peak Wilderness Study Area (which covers a good chunk of the whole eastern side of the basin). The road you see in the first photo is almost to the farthest eastern edge before it turns south. Beyond, only foot – or hoof! – traffic is allowed.

In other good news: The ground is damp as I type this post Tuesday night! More rain is coming! More is welcome! More is NEEDED!

Please, please, moisten our ground and fill our hearts and hopes for a good start to winter wonderfulness!

Buckskin ‘n gold

19 11 2019


Isn’t it crazy how Kestrel is the same exact shade as her home range?

And we call her gorgeous … and her range desperately dry?

Rain, rain, glorious rain is coming to ranges near us if the forecasts are to be believed. And I … I believe with all my heart!


18 11 2019


Storm of the mohawk aims his laser focus on something beyond the sphere of his band.

Dapples in the desert

17 11 2019


The moisture is in the forecast STILL. It has a habit of appearing in our forecast (not for weeks, but when it does …), then disappearing from the forecast just as the beautiful days approach. The fact that the forecast continues to show moisture Wednesday, Thursday and Friday makes me hopeful. 🙂 We’d love to see clouds in that blue sky … and snow covering that brown, brown land!