Hey, it’s Colorado

19 05 2017

McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Sure, it’s May.

It’s also Colorado. 🙂

And at its heart … it’s essentially WILD.





Renewal?

16 04 2017

Comanche and Terra, McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

On Easter, remembering a happier day, when I didn’t pick up piles of trash left by ATV-UTV-dirtbike-and-jacked-up-Jeep-riding/driving people “celebrating” spring in the vast wilderness of our American public lands.

On Easter, a plea for the respectful treatment of our lands, our wildlife … each other.





Just a look

11 04 2017

Reya

Reya found a quiet spot, slightly out of the wind between two trees, below McKenna Peak.





Spittin’ with the wind

9 04 2017

Skywalker, Temple Butte and McKenna Peak

Skywalker spit a bit of something that he was grazing, and it blew with the wind (do you see it?).

It was crazy windy. It was beautiful. 🙂





Snow scenes

25 03 2017

McKenna Peak

Did I mention that we got rain? Upper Disappointment Valley got some white stuff. 🙂 That’s McKenna Peak in the foreground.

Temple Butte

Iconic and locally relevant and important-to-us Temple Butte.

Brumley Point

Brumley Point.

Brumley Point and Temple Butte

A different perspective showing Brumley Point in the foreground and Temple Butte in the background. Brumley Point is mostly within Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area. Temple Butte is just outside the basin’s boundary.

McKenna Peak

Temple Butte and Brumley Point, along with McKenna Peak, are in McKenna Peak Wilderness Study Area, which overlaps the eastern, southeastern and southern portions of Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area.

All three features are prominent from just about anywhere in Spring Creek Basin. The elder Mr. Brumley was a prominent member of the local community, and was a rancher and timber man; Pati and David Temple were and are prominently involved with advocating for Spring Creek Basin’s mustangs. I haven’t been able to learn anything about McKenna, but with a peak and a wilderness study area named after him, he (?) must also have made significant contributions to the region.

After the unseasonably warm, dry weather we’ve been having, it seems wild to see snow on the ridges, but the ground and vegetation needs it badly, and we’re immensely glad for the snow and the rain!





Middle of the day

22 03 2017

Spirit and Puzzle

Can’t go wrong with mustangs, water and that amazing skyline in Spring Creek Basin. 🙂

McKenna Peak is the sunlit pyramid at left, and Temple Butte is in the shade at right. Spirit and Puzzle are the spotted girls in the foreground.





Not so green

17 03 2017

Comanche, McKenna Peak and Temple Butte.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from a not-so-green corner of the world!

Bits of green are appearing, but you have to look close and hard to see them.

Comanche isn’t too worried. Mother Nature provides for her creatures. (Only humans worry about it?!)