He’s bold, he’s red

31 01 2020


He’s Master Hayden.


FYI: Local (Cortez) newspaper The Journal published an article about the HMAP-revision scoping period in its Thursday online edition.

And in case you missed it, here’s the link to my previous blog post about “Revising our HMAP.”

Secret snow

30 01 2020


In the secret, almost hidden, winter-white, winter-quiet forest, Piedra wonders how the heck I found her.

It’s a secret, sweet girl. It’s totally top secret. … And P.S., you all showed yourselves on the other side of the ridge just as I happened to look. 🙂

A most puzzly puzzle

29 01 2020


Do you see what I see?

There ARE three mustangs in this pic, and don’t feel bad if you can’t spot them. I passed them once and saw them only after I spotted the horses on the ridge where I am taking this photo, and turned around to get back to where I could most easily hike up to them.

Round Top is in the distance, and the treed ridges in the farthest background are beyond Spring Creek Basin.

Hint: There’s one grey and two dark horses, just this side of where you can tell the road is going to cross that arroyo in the sort of middle distance.

The days we live to love

28 01 2020


Look at Tenaz, lookin’ all handsome-like in the melty fresh snow, with the clouds clearing over the La Sal Mountains on the far horizon.

The clouds released rain on us first, in the dark of early morning. That turned to snow, even as the temperatures crept above freezing. And even as the snow fell, it melted and dripped from roofs and vehicles and filled old hoofprints in the lanes.

The basin got at least a couple of inches of fresh stuff – already very much melting by the time I spotted Tenaz’s band and he posed for me so handsomely. In the photo above, you can see the tease of sunshine on lower Disappointment Valley.

Want a better view of that faraway?


Heaven, you say? Yes, just a little part of it. 🙂

The grey and the brown

27 01 2020


Houdini is less than worried while Maia calls to a band mate across a small arroyo. Another band was in the area, and Maia apparently didn’t think her family should be too spread out.

Blooms ‘n bellies

26 01 2020


What is it with those snakeweed bouquets? 🙂

We do still have a bit of snow in patches. More is in the forecast tonight and tomorrow, but with temps in the 40s, it probably won’t last long. Still, it’s more moisture, and we need all the winter wet we can get!

The prettiest look

25 01 2020


“You can’t see me if I hide under this juniper tree!”

Dear, sweet girl. Yes, yes, we can. 🙂