After the smoke, gold

18 08 2018

Puzzle and Spirit under the rainbow.

We got a drizzle of rain Thursday, and it dampened the smoke. An update from the Forest Service about the Plateau Fire noted that because of the rain, the amount of smoke might now be less: “Fire managers believe that Thursday was the last day of significant smoke that will come off the Plateau Fire.” We can hope!

To get the full view of the horses (Puzzle and Spirit) with the rainbow dropping its gold onto Filly Peak, from a vantage up-slope, I had to use the cell phone.

It was a peaceful, beautiful evening in Spring Creek Basin. 🙂

 

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Smoke ‘n spots

17 08 2018

Chipeta; Temple Butte and McKenna Peak

Always the prettiest things out there. 🙂

 





‘I think I saw a cloud …’

15 08 2018

S'aka

I think I saw a cloud yesterday
It hung around a minute, then it just blew away
It’s another identical, dusty day
Only thing not telling a lie is the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

All signs fail in a dry spell
Don’t look to the sky
It’s got nothing to tell
But there are cracks in the ground
that run straight to hell
Maybe we’re paying for our sins
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

Bone dry rocks where the water used to flow
Remember how fast it ran and how high it rose
Now that creek bed is empty as a dead man’s coat
Waitin’ for the wake to begin.

Old gambler crow sittin’ on a fence line
Lookin’ at me like he can read my mind
He says this country’s gonna pick you clean every time
Leave you twistin’ in the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

Bone dry rocks where the water used to flow
Remember how fast it ran and how high it rose
Now that creek bed is empty as a dead man’s coat
Waitin’ for the wake to begin.

I think I saw a cloud yesterday
It hung around a minute, then it just blew away
It’s another identical dusty day
Only thing not tellin’ a lie is the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

We’re all twistin’ in the wind
I don’t believe it’s ever gonna rain again.

~ Dave Stamey, “Never Gonna Rain Again,” Twelve Mile Road

It’s hard to see any clouds for the smoke … and we MUST believe it’s gonna rain again. 🙂





Fly away free

14 08 2018

Birds in Spring Creek Basin

Not much escape from the smoke these days.





‘Be cautious with fire’

12 08 2018

Pintos

Not much to say. … Terribly smoky. Many more people dealt with the smoke from the 416 and Burro fires – nearer to denser populated areas. Now smoke from other fires is blowing and settling in other places.

And there’s California …

None of it is good.

For a moment, a chance of rain appeared in our forecast for Friday. … Now there’s no trace of that chance.

Still, we hope.

(The blog post title came from a highway sign I saw yesterday that read: “Be cautious with fire and cigarettes.” Uh. … Really?!?!?! I have a much less polite way of thinking that people ought to be “cautious” with fires (!?) OR cigarettes (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!)





Grey in the morning, red in the evening

11 08 2018

Temple Butte, socked in by smoke

Temple Butte and McKenna Peak seen through the haze of dense smoke on Friday morning. This view is looking east, around 10:30 a.m.

Skywalker, smoky sunset

Skywalker grazes against a smoky sunset a little after 8 p.m. Thursday.





Red at night

10 08 2018

Mariah

Thursday may have been the most smoky day yet in Disappointment Valley. The air smelled like the entire region was having a community barbecue.

West Guard Fire (south of Spring Creek Basin): 1,424 acres, 90 percent contained.

Plateau Fire (southeast of West Guard Fire; north of Dolores): 10,673 acres, 36 percent contained.

Bull Draw Fire (northwest of Nucla): 8,700 acres, 35 percent contained.

Moccasin Mesa Fire (Mesa Verde National Park): 185 acres, 100 percent contained.

Buttermilk Fire (north of Montrose): 748 acres, 70 percent contained.

We continue to send prayers to those affected … as well as gratitude to the firefighters working all these fires … and all those around Colorado and the West. We’re stuck firm and fast in the exceptional drought category.

We’re so thankful our mustangs are in good shape. They have water and forage and each other. While the humans worry, life goes on in Spring Creek Basin.