Summer solstice

22 06 2019

Hayden; McKenna Peak

Sometimes, it’s impossible to convey the *feeling* behind the beauty of our world. Sure, photos can help me *try* to share that beauty, but a photo is only a square, limited view.

Wherever THERE is for you, get out there in the beauty, and if you can, share it with others.

Think about the variety of life on this planet. Nowhere else in the known universe has what Earth has. We are so blessed to enjoy the beauty of this big, blue ball.

And happy summer solstice. 🙂 Summer is here.

Little dude, comin’ along

14 06 2019


Playing catchup seems to be a theme of late. There’s no time to waste when there’s green grass to be grazed!

Wild green

11 06 2019

Shane; McKenna Peak

Shane watches aother band while nappig in the sunshine.

Little bitty dirty boy

26 05 2019

S'aka; McKenna Peak (barely seen, Temple Butte)

When the weather turns warmer and the wind (!) isn’t keeping the gnats away, wild ponies head to the spa. (The wind has been ferocious the last couple of days, and I’ve still been swatting at my face under the brim of my visor.)

Always watching

24 05 2019

Comanche; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Don’t let his apparently relaxed, grazing demeanor fool you. Comanche is ever alert to all that happens within proximity of his band. 🙂

Happening today …

19 05 2019

Maia; Temple Butte and McKenna Peak

A special dedication to a special lady.

Today in Disappointment Valley, we’re having a ceremony to dedicate Temple Butte in honor of our dear and much-missed friend – and friend of mustangs – Pati Temple.

Last year, just before Christmas, we learned that the U.S. Board of Geographic Names had granted our request to officially name Temple Butte. It was an arduous application process, and we are tremendously thankful to Ann Bond for her commitment to the paperwork and seeing it through to the successful end.

San Miguel County commissioners (Kris Holstrom, Hilary Cooper and Joan May) wrote a letter of support for our application, and we thank them, especially past and present members who knew Pati personally.

Pati worked tirelessly with local BLM employees to get things done for Spring Creek Basin’s herd, and Wayne Werkmeister, herd manager in the 1990s who played a vital role in the creation of the Colorado chapter of the National Mustang Association, wrote a letter of support for Temple Butte. He’s currently the associate field manager at the Grand Junction Field Office (out of which the Little Book Cliffs herd is managed). At Pati’s insistence (one of her best traits was her absolute refusal to take no for an answer!), Wayne was here for our 2011 (last) roundup, during which we implemented our PZP program.

Mike Jensen, current Spring Creek Basin herd manager who also knew Pati, had this to say: “I really see it as fitting to have that beautiful butte which looks down on the HMA named in honor of Pati. Her passion for those horses was a driving force in where we are today in the management of the HMA.”

During her many years of involvement with Spring Creek Basin and its mustangs, Pati made sure that we partnered with BLM instead of fighting with the agency. That philosophy continues … and look at the good it has generated for our mustangs!

Pati touched the lives of humans and animals alike during her life, and it is fitting for those of us who knew her to continue to advocate for all those who need a helping hand and a word of encouragement.

Thank you, Pati. Thank you to all who made this happen.


15 05 2019

Killian; McKenna Peak