Our Pati

8 01 2019

Seneca; Temple Butte and McKenna Peak

Check out this wonderful article in the Telluride Daily Planet by writer Katie Klingsporn:


In the photo above, Temple Butte is the prominent promontory behind snow-covered McKenna Peak (shaped like a pyramid).

Seneca is the lovely mustang, walking through her lovely, winter-white-coated world.

Thanks so much to all who contributed to the success of our application to name Temple Butte in honor of Pati (and David) Temple. It’s the least we could do to honor a woman who did so much for the wild she knew and loved.



3 11 2018

Mule deer does and fawns in Spring Creek Basin.

So begins the worst, busiest, most anxiety-inducing week of the year in Disappointment Valley: third rifle season. Deer and elk are the targets.

Bay, beautiful

24 10 2018


How does brown GLOW?

Madison knows. Spring Creek Basin and Disappointment Valley know.

They ALL glow. 🙂

Eye candy

23 10 2018

Pitch's band

Disappointment Valley and beyond (all the way to Utah).

They’re beautiful, eh? I mean, what a view. 🙂

Big bad bobkitty

12 10 2018


OK, not “bad” at all – it just went with the headline. 🙂


The light of the rain

10 10 2018

Disappointment Road double rainbow

Double rainbow over Spring Creek Basin from Disappointment Valley Road, looking southeast.

Disappointment Road double rainbow

Rainbow over Seven’s swale in Spring Creek Basin.

Disappointment Road double rainbow

The other end of the above rainbow. … It was INTENSE.

Sunset light on Temple Butte.

Temple Butte and McKenna Peak in the very last light of the post-storm day.

Glorious. 🙂

Blessed are those who wait for rain

8 10 2018


We’re not the most patient lot … but we just might be the most grateful. 🙂

Colorado Highway 141, across the top of the screen, runs across the broad, lower, northern end of Disappointment Valley. Southeast of the rightmost 141 marker and south of the open space in the green blob that is life-giving rain is Spring Creek Basin. The rain has fallen fairly steadily with small breaks since Saturday mid-afternoon.

The world as we know it is SOGGY. And it’s FABULOUS.