Grey and green

30 07 2013

Grey's band in the west.

Grey/Traveler’s band taking advantage of the green grass grown by greatly needed rain.

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Dark skies coming

18 07 2013

Grey and Houdini in storm light against Brumley Point.

Grey/Traveler and Houdini watch Hollywood’s and Comanche’s bands with a hint of storm on the horizon.

We got rain. It left puddles. If we get much more of this stuff, it might lead to the filling of ponds. 🙂





Water for mustangs

30 06 2013

Not elephants. Although, as this drought continues, it’s beginning to look a lot like the sere plains of Africa out here.

I call this photo “La Sals, Imagination”:

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Whaddya mean you can’t see the mountains … through the smoke? Use your imagination. 🙂 Although Grey/Traveler’s band seems to also be looking for the mountains, they were watching Chrome’s band walking toward them on their way to the water catchment.

Smoke from this fire – way, way, way east of here – apparently has drifted into New Mexico then blown back north and west into Colorado. But it’s not the only fire burning in the region.

Earlier, Grey/Traveler’s band had been drinking at the water catchment’s trough:

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Maia, clearly at her leisure, worried me; I thought the worst, that the storage tank had drained and the trough was empty, and she was waiting for someone to come fill it, darnit!

Not to fear.

Water trough at the catchment in Spring Creek Basin, looking toward the road.

The trough was full of water. Whew. (The big green tank is the storage tank that holds water from either rain or snow or direct-fill.)

Because of the drought, BLM has been checking to ensure that the horses have enough water sources, and we – National Mustang Association/Colorado – recently got the green light to deliver a load of water – 4,000 gallons – to the catchment tank. Donors and silent-auction-item buyers at the Pati Temple Memorial Benefit Bash, this is the first use of the money you helped us raise! Interestingly, the area of the catchment is used primarily by Chrome’s band and rarely by other bands. But some other bands have started to find the water – and the good forage in this area. Water is a good way to disperse the horses’ grazing and get them to use under-used areas.

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Chrome’s band at the catchment trough, drinking clean water. This is an important water source because it’s the only clean source of water in the basin. The others are high in alkalinity and salt because of the basin’s soils. The dusky, hazy color cast is because of the smoke.

The temperature hit 110 degrees Friday. On Thursday, the high was 108. Smoke, wind, heat, zero moisture = ugh.

Cecil Foster, owner of Foster’s Water, to the rescue.

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The storage tank is about 15 feet tall, so Cecil brings his ladder to access the hatch at the top. At right is the hose from his water truck.

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Seen here are his water truck, the hose to the tank and the water trough in the background at right.

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Thanks, Cecil! He also donated a load of water for the benefit’s silent auction. Cecil is a super nice man, and a friend of the mustangs of Spring Creek Basin.

Thank you, NMA/CO, for the delivery of water to the mustangs!





Summer solstice

22 06 2013

Grey's band near sunset on the summer solstice, Spring Creek Basin.

Grey/Traveler’s band at the end of the longest day in Spring Creek Basin.





Pale on blue

10 04 2013

Corona

Soft colors complement Corona this cloudy day.

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Rain turned to snow – that stuck. It was light. It was wet. It is awesome! It won’t be as cold here as in the Denver area, which is good for the horses. The moisture is such a relief.





Corona, halo’d

21 03 2013

Corona, haloed.

Very last light of day rims the girl in lovely light.

I looked for Sundance’s band for two days, then found them where they were, well south of where I had seen them just three days previously. This is the basin’s traveling band, for sure.

This visit capped a wonderful, peaceful visit with the two pinto bands, which were close together – and followed a David sighting! That was the first I had seen him since I found his mares (Puzzle and Shadow) with Seven. He’s alone but in terra familiar and looks well.





Corona

19 11 2012

Raven’s little girl has finally filled out some in the fall of her third year.

She was sticking close to Mariah; she’s a good auntie to Mariah and Maia. While she still could be mistaken for a “grey” from a distance, up close, her coat has more color.

She is the daughter of Sand Wash Basin’s fabulous Corona (hence her name). Mama Raven came to Spring Creek Basin in 2008 with Mona and Kootenai.