Happy Independence Day!

4 07 2020

Ma Nature does “fireworks” in the very best way.

No bodies of any species in or near Spring Creek Basin were harmed by loud explosions, no fires were started, no fingers were amputated or eyebrows singed off.

Awe was widespread. 🙂

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

~ Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates; music composed by Samuel A. Ward

This Independence Day, especially, let’s help our fellow Americans hold to the ideals of brother(and sister)hood and all lives being equally valued and cherished. We are bound not only by the country of our birth … but also by our planet of birth.

Celebrate freedom. Celebrate each other. Celebrate the wonderful diversity that thrives all across these United States of America.





Rising high above Hollywood

3 07 2020

Hollywood watches a couple of his mares while another couple peek over the ridge behind him. They chose a pretty scenic place to watch the nearly-full moon rise over Spring Creek Basin.

The full moon, known in July as the buck moon, thunder moon or hay moon, will be Saturday night and early Sunday morning, and there also will be a partial penumbral eclipse!





Grey-day bright spot

29 06 2020

Yes, you’re seeing clouds in the background above McKenna Peak and Temple Butte. We’ve had some nice clouds. … And we’ve had more red-flag days. And smoke. And heat.

So handsome blue-eyed boy Kwana is a welcome sight for sore eyes. 🙂





Some black, more blue

23 06 2020

Raven heads to evening water with her band.

Those blue skies are resoundingly, depressingly, never-endingly … you know … blue.

But at least the ponies are doing well during another hot, dry summer.





Quite at his leisure

11 06 2020

Aspen stands at peace with his hip cocked while watching a band a little below the ridge he was on. McKenna Peak is giant in the background. The other band was napping in the shade of a juniper tree, but Aspen didn’t seem to mind the sunshine.





Standing ground

9 06 2020

Comanche stands guard over his band, alert to all comers, whether his lieutenant stallion or a stallion from a neighboring band.





It’s 4 o’clock somewhere

30 05 2020

Four o’clock flowers are some of the iconic wildflowers of this part of Colorado and one of those we (OK, I) look forward to seeing most. They’re suddenly blooming in Spring Creek Basin, and they’re a welcome splash of color amid our brown, brown expanse.

Speaking of a splash of color … !!!!!!

Our skies lately have been blue, blue, depressingly blue (depressing while we’re looking for rain clouds). But the last few evenings, we’ve gotten some clouds toward evening, and those have made for some spectacular sunsets.





Seasons turn

19 05 2020

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Maiku and his band were practicing social distancing from another couple of bands in the area on this beautiful, golden evening in Spring Creek Basin.





Girl, lovely, 2

3 05 2020

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Lovin’ that do, JuniJu!

McKenna Peak in the very near background.





Working hard

1 05 2020

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Hayden was working up a sweat from the effort to keep a couple of rival stallions away from his band of mares. Still, he gleams like the shiniest copper penny ever minted. How DOES he do that?!

Happy birthday to my brother, Jeff. He’s working from home like so many others these days, as hard as ever. Happy May Day, little bro!