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.

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”:


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:


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

Look here

3 06 2013

Maia and Houdini

Maia and “auntie” Houdini. Wise Houdini keeps an eye on intruders (that would be me). Maia is less worried.


28 04 2013

Mariah in divine light at the end of day.


Houdini and Alegre in the golden gorgeous light of the end of day.

Houdini and Alegre



Grey at the end of day. Love the gold that surrounds him. Magic light.





29 03 2013


Grey/Traveler, center, drinks from a pond with his band, from left: Alegre, Maia, Mariah and Houdini. Water is the most precious resource of all in this high desert region.

She’s a big star

24 03 2013

Mariah and Houdini

Our Mariah, with mama Houdini. She’s big and beautiful, and her first birthday is just a few weeks away.

Like all of Grey/Traveler’s and Houdini’s daughters, she stars as a gorgeous mustang girl!

Another three

2 03 2013

Grey, Houdini and Mariah.

These three are part of Grey/Traveler’s band, which also includes Alegre and Maia.

End-of-the-day gorgeousity. Is there a more beautiful place in the world? You can’t convince me!

22 01 2013

Grey, Mariah and Houdini

Grey/Traveler did his best to bring the girls to me, but wise Houdini wasn’t having any of it. Can you see Mariah’s face greying?