Fat little grandfather

23 06 2022

This may have been the healthiest horny toad I’ve ever seen. S/he’s a big granddaddy/mama; I think his/her body would almost have filled the palm of my hand.

Look at that belly! And that tongue!

This is a wonderful Navajo legend about the relationship between the Diné and horned lizards.

This link talks about the symbolism of horned lizards. According to the site, “Na’ashǫ́’ii dich’ízhii (horned toad) is called Cheii (Grandfather) by the Diné (Navajo). Grandfather Horned Toad possesses great spiritual power that enabled him to triumph in a contest with lightning, an incredibly powerful force. The Diné use his songs and prayer for protection from the dangers of the world and the evil intentions of other people.”

And we can all use songs and prayers for protection from the dangers of the world and the evil intentions of other people, eh? 🙂 I didn’t have even a sprinkle of corn pollen or any other offering, but I did endeavor to protect the critter from stout hooves as s/he scuttled between sagebrush.

Who couldn’t love that face!?

Summer solstice sunset

22 06 2022

Are words necessary?

I don’t think so, either. 🙂

Super flower blood moon eclipse!

16 05 2022

The full moon rises last night from beyond McKenna Peak and Temple Butte … already in the first phase of its lunar eclipse.

Our planet is just pretty damn cool. With an also super (get it) cool and awesome moon. 🙂

Welcoming committee

7 05 2022

This wonderful sight greeted me the other day as I drove into Spring Creek Basin and gave me a face-stretching grin right from the beginning.

I tie the look-at-me flagging to this sign every autumn right before third rifle season in an attempt to remind the hordes that off-road travel is verboten in the basin (throughout Disappointment Valley, as numerous signs warn). But the flagging is relevant year-round, also, particularly, in the spring when people emerge from winter hibernation and flock to the backcountry (for recreation as well as to hunt “sheds” – antlers shed by mule deer and elk – that can go for big bucks).

Neither the flagging nor the signs are a complete deterrent (as some folks “helpfully” remind me, people need to be able to read …), and every fall and spring (particularly), I find tracks of vehicles that have gone off the road and up and down broad arroyos.

Contaminates in the waterways, destruction of vulnerable seeps, crushing of vegetation that may take years – if ever – to recover. Those are just some of the reasons we want people to stick to the established roads and OFF the rest of the sensitive areas.

Most people are good visitors, I’m happy to say. There are always those who don’t care or believe they can go wherever they want to go because they’re in a vehicle that *can* take them there and/or are too lazy to get off/out of their buggies and walk 30 yards (or so) to look over a ridge or examine our water catchments. But the majority are respectful, and for that, I’m grateful.

Admiring the view

17 04 2022

Mustangs and light and Spring Creek Basin in Disappointment Valley … all the way to Utah.


From their birth-range of Sand Wash Basin, within sight of Wyoming, to Spring Creek Basin, within sight of Utah, Dundee, Rowan and Aiyanna have come a long way … and continue to live wild and free. 🙂

Renewal of seasons, affirmation of wild.

Happy Easter. 🙂

Speedy wanderers

15 04 2022

More pronghorns have visible recently. I love to see these fleet-footed “speed goats.”


26 03 2022

I love showing these near-and-far images, and I hope you, dear readers, enjoy seeing them! We have such spectacular imagery within Spring Creek Basin and beyond, not limited to our magnificent mustangs. 😉

Value, acknowledged

4 02 2022

A new app recently downloaded to my phone tells me that I hiked 5.5 miles to find Chipeta and her band on this particular evening in the wild “backyard” of Spring Creek Basin.

Every step was worth it. 🙂

Long may they roam

30 01 2022

You might see an out-of-focus mustang, but I see a representation of all our mustangs in Spring Creek Basin against a backdrop of Disappointment Valley with Utah’s La Sal Mountains on our northwestern horizon. The farthest background isn’t wandered by mustangs, but it’s wild land, just like Spring Creek Basin, and it’s home.

Most beloved horizon

1 01 2022

The very best in the whole wide world. 🙂

Happy New Year!