Near and far

19 09 2021

In Sand Wash Basin, the mustangs are documented just as they are in Spring Creek Basin. They’re named. They’re loved.

Aiyanna means “blossoming” or “eternal flower.”

Known. Loved.

The flowering plant in the images above is called four o’clock, and it grows naturally all over Spring Creek Basin – more in some places than in some other places (!). There are practically BUSHES of it along the north hills in the area of the new water catchment. This one and many more are in the western part of the basin where Flash and his girls are currently hanging out.

It was harder than anticipated trying to get the girls and the flowers in the same frame. 🙂


26 08 2021

A happy and cheerful bonus from the recent rains: sunflowers!

Corazon thinks so, too!

When any of the horses encounters one of the yellow-petaled beauties, they’re quick to eat them.

Busy azz a bee

13 06 2021

The cacti are among Spring Creek Basin’s most prolific wildflower producers.

The bees are happy, happy.

Grace in the desert

25 05 2021

Sego lilies are among my most favorite wildflowers that appear in the basin. (Like the horses, they’re really all my favorites, just by virtue of being here, surviving and thriving!) That such delicate lilies appear in this harsh, dry environment seems to be one of the most miraculous and simplest wonders of the desert.

They’re blooming in earnest now. According to Range Plants of Utah, “it thrives on rather dry, sandy soils.” I’ll say!


Sue … I hope you return soon to wild places to find healing.

Prince’s plume pollination

8 05 2021

Bees and flowers; flowers and bees.

Springtime. 🙂

Prettily blurred

16 05 2020


This may be one of the worst pix I’ve shared on this blog, but I was so excited to see this little hummer – checking out the newly blooming prince’s plume! – that I thought I’d share this other cute little critter with all of you. 🙂

The hummer is terribly out of focus. This cute critter was even faster than the last cute critter I posted on the blog! You can’t even see its wings, they’re such a total blur.

We have lots of cute critters in Spring Creek Basin. Fast or slow (yes, the slithery types also are out and about, too), they’re all part of our wild world.

If you know …

10 06 2019

Sego lilies in Spring Creek Basin.

Sego lilies in Spring Creek Basin, where the beautiful (and wild) things are. 🙂

The wildflowers are pretty stunning this year.

‘Tis the beautiful season

8 05 2019

Indian paintbrush

Now that we’re greening up … there are spots of other colors, too. 🙂

This is a variety of Indian paintbrush, one of the most common wildflowers in Spring Creek Basin.


28 05 2013

Larkspur, globe mallow, grama grass and mustang legs

Something different than usual. Focus on backlit larkspur, globe mallow (orange) and grama grass with mustang legs in the background.

From the vault

6 06 2011

Not too long ago, though … I’m avoiding vacuuming … looking for some pix I took a couple of weeks ago of Apollo … and came upon these that I couldn’t resist pulling into Photoshop for cropping and saving.

So for no other reason than “wow, aren’t they beautiful,” enjoy!


Daddy Bounce – loved the early morning light on their dark, handsome faces!

Cinch – he’s always watchful, and I relish being able to capture him when he relaxes.

Varoujan – really … do I ever need a reason to post such divine cuteness?! 🙂

The claret cups are blooming. A few years ago – a couple of years ago? – we had a wonderful variety of colors from pale pink to yellow to this deep rosy red. This year, I haven’t seen anything but red, but they’re very vivid. In my notes about the horses, I also keep track of other details about the range – the timing of greenup, what ponds are holding/shallow/dry, what’s blooming when. For such a dry place, we have a fairly wide variety of blooming wildflowers right now: wild blue flax, white daisies, still some phlox, Indian paintbrush, 4 o’clock, larkspur, prince’s plume, globe mallow, some little purple flowers, evening primrose. Last week, I saw the first sego lilies of the year. As great as the contrast between prickly cactus and gorgeous claret cup blooms, the oddness of seemingly fragile sego lilies in our rocky, dry, tan environment always blows me away. It was WAY too windy to even try to photograph the lilies, but they have won a place as one of my favorite wildflowers – for all they represent, for their ability to grow and thrive in such an unforgiving place, to bring beauty to a place some might call harsh, to bring life to a place some might call empty … and you know I’m not really talking about flowers anymore, don’t you? 🙂