13 08 2018


Aspen ambles after his band. Even a fairly close photo shows the haze of smoke.


‘Be cautious with fire’

12 08 2018


Not much to say. … Terribly smoky. Many more people dealt with the smoke from the 416 and Burro fires – nearer to denser populated areas. Now smoke from other fires is blowing and settling in other places.

And there’s California …

None of it is good.

For a moment, a chance of rain appeared in our forecast for Friday. … Now there’s no trace of that chance.

Still, we hope.

(The blog post title came from a highway sign I saw yesterday that read: “Be cautious with fire and cigarettes.” Uh. … Really?!?!?! I have a much less polite way of thinking that people ought to be “cautious” with fires (!?) OR cigarettes (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!)

Grey in the morning, red in the evening

11 08 2018

Temple Butte, socked in by smoke

Temple Butte and McKenna Peak seen through the haze of dense smoke on Friday morning. This view is looking east, around 10:30 a.m.

Skywalker, smoky sunset

Skywalker grazes against a smoky sunset a little after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Red at night

10 08 2018


Thursday may have been the most smoky day yet in Disappointment Valley. The air smelled like the entire region was having a community barbecue.

West Guard Fire (south of Spring Creek Basin): 1,424 acres, 90 percent contained.

Plateau Fire (southeast of West Guard Fire; north of Dolores): 10,673 acres, 36 percent contained.

Bull Draw Fire (northwest of Nucla): 8,700 acres, 35 percent contained.

Moccasin Mesa Fire (Mesa Verde National Park): 185 acres, 100 percent contained.

Buttermilk Fire (north of Montrose): 748 acres, 70 percent contained.

We continue to send prayers to those affected … as well as gratitude to the firefighters working all these fires … and all those around Colorado and the West. We’re stuck firm and fast in the exceptional drought category.

We’re so thankful our mustangs are in good shape. They have water and forage and each other. While the humans worry, life goes on in Spring Creek Basin.

Big, free heart

9 08 2018


Corazon was named for his big heart.


The loveliness of wild

8 08 2018


Free and beautiful Temple moseys across Spring Creek Basin with her band on a smoky evening.

Thank you, everyone, for your wishes for rain for our area. Much, much appreciated … !

Handsome is …

6 08 2018

Skywalker, S'aka

… And Skywalker certainly fits the bill!  Love his curiosity!