Busy bright bees

18 06 2022

As I was leaving the water-catchment work site the other day, I admired the spectacular bloom of *color* alongside the road and smiled to myself, thinking, WOW, that’s some nice color in our otherwise very brown world right now. … Then I hit the brakes, shifted into reverse and went back to take some pix. Because brightness deserves to be shared. 🙂

Odd note maybe only of interest to photographers: The blooms were in reality more purplish-red than the reddish-red depicted in the photo (I took multiple images to be sure I had stamens and bees and petals and pollen sharp, at least in places). But they’re still very bright and beautiful!

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.