More green

31 07 2013

Seven's band - Puzzle, Shadow and Tesora

Seven’s band enjoys good summer grass in Spring Creek Basin. Spring Creek canyon is in the background.

The grass and hills are green, and the ponds have water – all but one of the ponds not dug out.

Girls on the move

19 07 2013

Shadow, Tesora and Puzzle

Not a storm in the blue background but a far, forested ridge. The blue storm skies have been descending every day, bringing rain every night since Monday.

Whatever dances ya’ll are doing, you’re rockin’ ’em! The rain is such a relief.

Standing guard

13 07 2013

Seven with his mares Shadow and Puzzle and Shadow's daughter, Tesora.

Seven and his girls stand over their baby girl, Tesora, while she naps during a hot afternoon in Spring Creek Basin.

Signs of rain are on the horizon – literally. But we need a bit of a direct hit. I think I can speak for the ponies when I say we’re ready already.

Baby hug

8 07 2013

Shadow and Tesora

Baby Tesora gives mama Shadow a hug as only a baby can hug her mama.

Spots and not

5 07 2013

Puzzle is a good "auntie" to baby Tesora.

Tesora sticks close to her “auntie” Puzzle. Shadow was grazing nearby and hardly looked up. I stayed in the Jeep and took pix through the open window.

Red beauty

27 06 2013

Tesora at the trickle.

Little beauty girl. The top of her star still looks like a horse head, even when seen closer. Like some other members of Spring Creek Basin’s herd, her tapered strip widens into a big snip. I love all their unique markings. 🙂

Tesora, treasured

18 06 2013

Tesora with "auntie" Puzzle.

“Auntie” Puzzle and baby Tesora in late-afternoon light. They were waiting with their band to drink at the trickle. There are other, better places to drink, so I wonder whether, sometimes, their drink-spot choices are like one’s favorite bar – a matter of habit rather than availability.

Rain dances, prayers and other mojo to get the drops falling all are appreciated.

Glimpse through the greasewood

11 06 2013


Tesora and her family were grazing on a greasewood flat above a big arroyo below Sorrel Flats the other day. The big ponies were hard enough to see, but baby was just about hidden!

Say cheese!

24 05 2013

Family portrait: Seven, Puzzle, Tesora and Shadow in the east pocket.

While I was busy with the camera, my assistant was working the squeaky toy and the reflectors to get just the right light on our subjects.

Other than Tesora sticking out her tongue, as youngsters are wont to do, my assistant did a pretty good job with lighting and ears, don’t you think?

Thanks, Ma Nature. 🙂


21 05 2013

Tesora and Shadow

Prayers to Oklahoma and all those affected by the devastation. To searchers and survivors, may God speed your efforts and healing.