The color of white

26 10 2020

As I type this Sunday night, we’re getting snow in Disappointment Valley. We didn’t get much (hardly any) rain (spits driven by howling wind), but the snow is very wet. 🙂

As I type THIS – the update to the post on which I’m about to hit “publish,” on Monday morning – we have 2.5 inches of white stuff on the ground in lower Disappointment Valley. Snow kept covering the satellite dish last night, making it impossible to keep an Internet connection.

And it doesn’t look like Word Press has enough oomph (!) to allow the pic to attach, but if it DID, you would have seen bright orange tamarisk providing some color behind snow-white Piedra. Also known as salt cedar, tamarisk is a hardy, water-sucking shrub found in arroyos and other water ways, so it’s not very desirable … but it does provide some color in the high-desert basin during our autumn days.

In any case, the pic doesn’t match current conditions (!), so maybe it’s OK that for the first time (?), this’ll be a blog post without a pic (!).

Today, for a while anyway, we’re looking at a white, white world, and it’s 18 degrees. Happy moisture. 🙂

Classic view

25 10 2020

Skywalker sports a very impressive round belly heading into winter. 🙂

He must not have been getting a very warm welcome from the band behind him. I caught up to them just as he was starting his march to another band, where his bachelor buddy was already hanging out.

If our forecast is to be believed, wet stuff is on the way this afternoon … !

Fuzzy wuzzy wuz a mustang

24 10 2020

Maiku watches a far band napping and grazing a couple of ridges away.

Our forecast of moisture and cold is getting closer … and they’re still in the forecast. Depending on the source, the chances and days vary, but we’re praying hard for SOME moisture.

The ponies are fuzzy. They’re ready.

The light, just right

23 10 2020

The wind came. The smoke returned.

Neither wind nor smoke can dim Chipeta’s beauty.


22 10 2020

Sometimes, we need a little gumption to get going up and out of the arroyo.

Color brilliant

21 10 2020

Glorious cottonwoods and blooming rabbitbrush along (dry) Disappointment Creek in Disappointment Valley draw admirers’ eyes toward McKenna Peak and Temple Butte above and beyond Spring Creek Basin. The sky isn’t blue-blue because we’ve had some gauzy, hazy, high “clouds.”

Rimrock delight

20 10 2020

Alegre and a couple of her mare buddies seemed slightly affronted when the rest of the band left the water catchment after they all drank and wandered up the hill for better grazing. But once they decided that their friends weren’t waiting and weren’t coming back, Alegre and co. decided they’d better get in gear.

If you look closely – which is to say far away – you might see that the flanks of Utah’s La Sal Mountains were still tinged with gold (about 10 days ago). Now, the aspens have spent their glory, and the cottonwoods are the stars of the riparian shows.

Catching sunlight

19 10 2020

So often, it slips through our fingers, even as we have it every. darn. day.

Smoke is bad again in the north-northeastern part of Colorado (and … ?) from (especially) the Cameron Peak Fire, which has reached an astonishing 203,253 acres and has rocketed to the top of the awful list as largest wildfire in Colorado history. (The fire that held that place until recently was this year’s Pine Gulch Fire, near Grand Junction. At 139,007 acres, it’s fully contained but not expected to be completely out until snow falls.) Many families and their animals are evacuated from their homes.

Down here in the southwestern corner of the state, some rain chances (and snow?!) have showed up in our forecast for next week. For everyone who needs it, we sure hope some moisture reaches our parched places.

When evening shadows …

18 10 2020

Skywalker saunters after bands as another days slides toward night in Spring Creek Basin.

These autumn days

17 10 2020

Relaxation illustrated, brought to you by a mustang (Terra).

You’re welcome. 🙂