Wind through his mane

11 02 2019


Skywalker didn’t let a little breeze get in the way of a nap. He did sway a bit as the wind howled and pushed, but he kept his feet. 🙂


Elk friends

10 02 2019

So I was just hanging out in Spring Creek Basin with my mustang friends when these guys showed up, moseying along, drinking at the same little pool of water in the rock arroyo. Super cool. 🙂

Bull elk, Spring Creek Basin

Bull elk, Spring Creek Basin

Bull elk, Spring Creek Basin

Bull elk, Spring Creek Basin

This fellow has had some kind of encounter that resulted in a broken main beam of his antlers.

Bull elk, Spring Creek Basin

And this healthy-bodied youngster has a great start on what will someday be a very impressive set of antlers!

There were about five bulls with a group of cows and calves. Because of the trees, I couldn’t get a count (and I never think about it anyway), but I’d estimate around 15 to 20 total. The boys usually disperse into all-male groups after the rut, but these elk were still hanging out together. And as you can see, they still have their antlers.

In my experience, elk are pretty wary and hard to get close to. These guys and gals were grazing through the snow near a band of mustangs when I first saw them, but unfortunately, I couldn’t get to my camera quick enough to document that. However, it may be why they were so calm; their equine friends were calm. 🙂

Later, when I looked across the little valley from the ridge I was on to the ridge they had been on, most of them had bedded down on patches of bare ground under pinon and juniper trees (which are sucking up that moisture like nobody’s business!). Nice and quiet on a very windy day!


9 02 2019

Temple; Filly Peak

Fuzzy grey girl Temple looks right at home in snowy Spring Creek Basin. 🙂

Wait for me!

8 02 2019


Hollywood got ahead of his girls and, while he waited, did a a little modeling for me. Then he decided to take a nap after his hard work of looking handsome, so I left him to it and went back to visit with his girls. He apparently woke up and thought they were leaving without him as they grazed their way up the hill.

Of course, they’d never actually leave him. 🙂 He’s such a hunky model!

Takin’ a turn

7 02 2019


This pic of Aurora was taken a week or so ago. Then that snow melted. Yesterday, Disappointment Valley got white again!

Because we need it so badly in Southwest Colorado, we hope everyone got a great dose of life-giving snow!


6 02 2019


She’s a mom, grandma and great-grandma. She’s an icon of Spring Creek Basin.

She, of course, is our Houdini. 🙂


A note from Mason & Mason Images: They’re offering free shipping on their 2019 Wild Horses of Spring Creek Basin calendars through February, a savings of $9.95. These feature the gorgeous mustangs of Spring Creek Basin, so if you need a calendar (one is hanging in my house!), check them out. Karen and her husband, Shaun, have dedicated $5 from each calendar to the Colorado chapter of the National Mustang Association. We’re very grateful!

Lookin’ like awesome

5 02 2019


Tenaz looks good in snow and (dried) mud.

We’re hanging onto memories of that snow because what we have now is the mud – not so dry. 🙂 All moisture is good – and sooooooooo welcome! – and we DO have snow in the forecast!