Spring bling

20 04 2021

While Killian was browsing among the greening greasewood the other day, he emerged with a whole branch down his face, hanging from his forelock. I chuckled and asked if he’d model his “spring bling” for the folks back home. Alas, by the time I got into position to take his portrait, he had re-emerged from the greasewood sans branch.

As he ambled out of the greasewood thickets to graze the emerging grass (!), I realized that, with the true wisdom of mustangs, Killian was showing me the true bling of spring, and it was – thankfully – all around us.

Now, this was in the higher elevation southern part of the basin, which gets more moisture (note the presence of trees in the background). But there IS honest-to-goodness actual grass in them thar hills.

Also, from this position, I spotted another band. When I hiked over to visit them, I spotted yet another band. And that’s some real goodness in them thar hills. 🙂





Windblown

19 04 2021

Hey, it’s hard to look fabulous when the wind is howling. Good looks and a hair-do like that doesn’t just happen naturally. … Oh, wait! Yes, it does!

Tenaz – rockin’ Colorado’s spring winds. You go, guy!





Turbulent

18 04 2021

The best kind of sky … that didn’t give us a drop of wetness.





Snow white

17 04 2021

Rising above the brown, below the blue, Alegre-girl. As far as I know, she doesn’t eat apples (no apple trees in the basin). 🙂





White stuff for the brown land

16 04 2021

Parts of the basin got a wave of graupel yesterday evening.

Later, it snowed. … Yep, SNOWED. Big, fat, lovely flakes. They all melted on impact with the ground, my sweatshirt, the horses’ fuzzy coats (still, a bit) and windblown manes and forelocks. We did get some moisture out of it … as my slightly muddy shoes showed when I got back to the Jeep. 🙂

It wasn’t nearly enough, but it sure was nice.





Top o’ the world

15 04 2021

It took some miles and elevation gain to catch up with Kwana and his band a few days ago in the far eastern part of the basin. Miles well walked. 🙂





Wet in the dry

14 04 2021

Kwana drinks from a seep in an arroyo. Most of the water coming to the surface was “downstream” to the right (see next pic). The white stuff is salt.

Yep, it’s as dry out there as it looks.





Winter wave

13 04 2021

Think of this image as part shedding, part brutal wind ruffling the shedding hair of a still-fluffy mustang. 🙂





Love in the air

12 04 2021

Hollywood makes goo-goo eyes at one of his mares.

They’re busily chasing green stuff, and while you have to be practically on top of it to see it, it’s there.





Roughie fellow

11 04 2021

Tenaz is rough and scruffy at the end of winter. Days are longer and warmer … and as dry and windy as ever. Soon, we’ll see sleek and shiny ‘stangs. Our first little wildflowers of spring – phlox – just appeared in the last couple of days.