One is all

31 05 2022

After the storm-that-passed-over, clouds swiftly drifted, and the sky cleared once again.


30 05 2022

We had a bit of promising light and clouds yesterday in the late afternoon. Unfortunately, the promise didn’t really follow through on actual rain in Disappointment Valley. There were some spits … each drop of which was particularly visible and didn’t dampen the dust at all. It was – dare I say it – extraordinarily disappointing. The wind was really strong all day, too. Because … of course it was.

Seeing this girl was most definitely NOT a disappointment:

Reya doesn’t look too windblown, but it was hammering us.

These “fire restrictions” signs went up all around the area ahead of this past weekend, warning holiday visitors that because of dry weather, red-flag warnings, wind advisories and high fire danger (!), fires are a really, REALLY bad idea (not to mention now verboten).

Today is Memorial Day, the day officially designated to remember military men and women who didn’t come home from their service to country. … This Memorial Day, we have the added weight of the tragedy of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. They’re related by violence, though those who serve in the military know the risks they face, and the children and teachers killed and injured in Uvalde had every right to believe the day would be full of – only – fun and joy and high spirits at the end of the school year.

Others can write more eloquently than I can on the meanings of our losses and how to move forward … how they hit close to home or are headlines that collectively break the hearts of a nation’s citizens. All of us hurt.

Let’s remember them all as we celebrate this holiday.

Springtime sunshine

29 05 2022

In the form of prince’s plume wildflowers – our “signature” May blooming beauties – and two very lovely and loved faces (Madison and Temple).

All lined up ‘n a’glow

28 05 2022

Corazon with his lovelies on a beautiful evening in a (my) most wonderful place on Earth. 🙂

Another black beauty

27 05 2022

How DO those black coats get so shiny and lustrous? Goooooooooood livin’ … and a bit of spring green. 🙂

Beautiful Raven hates to pose. I mean, HATES. She would much prefer to hang out behind her marefriends, or her stallion, or a bush (I’m surprised she didn’t put the greasewood between us). But if you (I) persevere, she’ll give you that dazzling look, and she shows off her rockstar self!

Little black Shadow

26 05 2022

Our wary Shadow-girl, looking very round and shiny and content this very dry spring.

Lit just right

25 05 2022

For exactly 1.7 seconds, Corazon looked up from his grazing against the sunset sky … and then he went back to grazing.

If you’re ready, you’re ready. If you’re not, it’s just a memory. … A good one, but harder to share. 🙂

Framed by flowers

24 05 2022

Mr. Aspen is one of our oldest oldsters these days. He’s hanging out with a (much) younger bachelor, and they’re pretty content to wander and graze and stay out of trouble … and mostly far from roads. He also likes to keep his distance from most humans. Because of that, it’s been a while since Aspen has made an appearance on the blog. Too long, I’m sure at least one follower will agree. 😉

On the fly

23 05 2022

The girls (Dundee, Aiyanna and Rowan) were feeling frisky with some cooler temperatures, and Buckeye was having a bit of a frustrating time keeping his young ladies in line. They ran one way, then started coming back around. I thought they were going to disappear below the rim of the hill, but then I realized they were coming up and would line up right past McKenna Peak and Temple Butte! I fumbled with the window control and barely got it down to raise my camera to my eye and try to focus as the girls thundered past.

I’m pretty stoked that the lovelies were in pretty nice focus. 🙂

(Randomly, this pic of our Sand Wash Basin beauties was NOT taken the same day as the pic yesterday. Because of other, more timely pix, I kept pushing the one that ran yesterday back on the schedule. This pic above, I took just a couple of days ago. 🙂 I thought about pushing IT back on the schedule … but really, you can’t go wrong highlighting these young lovelies, even on back-to-back days!)

Three beauties

22 05 2022

So beautiful … and very nearly all shed out of their winter cloaks!