Soft grey

20 02 2018

Juniper; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Pretty Juniper models her shaggy winter-mustang look as she walks past McKenna Peak and Temple Butte. We got a bit of winter moisture … some rain, some snow, some graupel. Some of it even stuck. Briefly. 🙂



Just another gorgeous red girl

16 02 2018

Gaia, Temple Butte, McKenna Peak

Gaia the gorgeous is such a cover model. 🙂

She does a heart – not good – but wonderful!

Doing good work

19 01 2018

A couple of days ago, we met up with our fabulous BLM guys to install the evaporation cover over the new trough – connected to the new water catchment apron – that we installed in 2016.


BLM rangeland management specialist Garth Nelson, left, figures out which drill bit to use to drill holes through the metal of the evaporation cover to attach it to the supports BLM range tech Justin Hunt is welding to the vertical posts. The post at right already has a piece welded to it.


See the metal thing inside the trough in front of Garth? That’s the critter ladder the guys built. It allows birds to get to the water or an animal that falls into the water to get out. Garth drilled a couple of holes and wired it to the edge of the trough.


Once everything was in place, Justin attached small square plates to the tops of the three vertical posts and welded them into place, then used the grinder to smooth the square edges. At the near corner, you can see the “trap door” the guys built into the cover so the float below it is accessible for any work or replacement that needs to be done. In the background, range specialist and herd manager Mike Jensen, right, talks with Garth while visiting with Bow, one of Kat Wilder’s dogs.


Sparks fly as Justin grinds the edges of the post caps to smooth roundness.

These guys thought of everything!

The cover will help preserve the water in the trough from evaporating so quickly. And with its installation, the new water-catchment project is officially complete. In warm weather, this will provide a second source of clean water for the horses.

Snow is in Saturday’s forecast. Please send good thoughts. This dry weather has to end.

Beautiful view

11 01 2018


And the landmarks are pretty, too. 🙂

The power of the nap

8 01 2018

Taking a nap; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

The snow was high; the rain was low. The sunshine was warm. 🙂

Mr. Suave

7 01 2018

Sundance; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Not everybody can be that relaxed and that sexy at the same time.

Sundance knows how to work it with the least amount of energy expended – just being himself!

And just like that …

26 12 2017

Storm; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

… the snow is very nearly almost completely totally mostly gone.

Storm is one of our whitest bits of white in the basin during this brown winter. And one of the handsomest, too. 🙂