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.

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.

After the rain

7 06 2020

The news of the day in Disappointment Valley is RAIN.

The addendum is WIND.

But we still got rain. 🙂 It soaked in pretty much immediately, but there were a few puddles in places that the wind couldn’t suck up immediately.

Houdini, Alegre and Maia took advantage of the rain and damp ground to get in some good, wriggly rolls.

Wild, home

5 06 2020

What stories can this guy tell? 🙂 Handsome Storm is the strong, silent type.


31 05 2020

Kwana had a little chat with another stallion, then made a bee-line back to his mares, who moved away from the source of conflict … at his very direct request.

We had some very promising clouds, especially toward evening. The wind picked up, the radar showed lovely green … and not a drop fell in the real world. Yep, it’s still dry.

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.

Across the top

23 05 2020

The day I took this pic was yet another red-flag-warning day (strong winds, low humidity, warm temps – ripe for high fire danger), but Gaia looks unruffled as she follows the band while grazing along the top of a hill.

Gaia emerged from winter looking a bit lean and scruffy, but with a diet of even sparse spring greens, she’s looking very healthy.