Green light

27 06 2019

Storm; Temple Butte and Brumley Point

Handsome boy in a beautiful landscape.





No exertion here

23 06 2019

Storm; Temple Butte and Brumley Point

Storm was napping in the cooler-than-usual summer sunshine, with his band grazing around him. I found a place to sit and watch (taking advantage of the spectacular background!), and every now and then, he’d come alert and look over, assure himself that all was well, then return to his nap.

Not too much bothers the big boy. 🙂





Return

19 06 2019

Hollywood; Temple Butte

Mr. Calm trots back to his band after a brief get-together with some young bachelors. Hollywood has reason to be calm; he’s in his prime, and actual challenges are few.





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. 🙂





Marona

21 05 2019

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Not sure how I managed to forget this one with yesterday’s post, but sweet Marona deserves her own post anyway. 🙂





Dedication

20 05 2019

Family members and friends of Pati Temple drove into Disappointment Valley yesterday to celebrate a woman who changed all our lives for the better. To her, we dedicated the now-officially named Temple Butte.

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David Temple led the ceremony with Marona, the first mustang he and Pati adopted. She’s a Spring Creek Basin native. 🙂 Pati’s sister Marcie is in the striped jacket, and long-time family friend Mark is in the yellow jacket.

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Long-time friend Sara Staber (in blue) speaks about Pati, telling the story about how Pati successfully fought to return Traveler to Spring Creek Basin after he was removed during the 2007 roundup.

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Kat Wilder talked about the impact Pati had on her … though she never met Pati.

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Former San Miguel County Commissioner Art Goodtimes served with Pati years ago on BLM Colorado’s Southwest District RAC. He spoke about how she inspired everyone with her passion for public lands. She was Art’s introduction to the mustangs of Spring Creek Basin.

(Note: Temple Butte is in San Miguel County. It’s just outside Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area, which straddles San Miguel and Dolores counties.)

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Marona, about 21 years old, loved the attention.

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The feelings were mutual. 🙂

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Our sincere thanks to everyone who came from far and wide to honor Pati Temple and her dedication to Spring Creek Basin’s mustangs!