January 31, 2009

Meadow in the Mist

The sun shone through the mist this morning, blessing my little corner of earth with ethereal promise.
Daisy and I love feeding the horses at dawn.

There's something magical about greeting those first morning rays.

January 29, 2009

Big Country


Last fall, we rode in an area known as Blindstream Ridge, on the southern edge of the Uinta Mountains.

The canyon behind us had a steep dropoff. I didn't go too close to the edge. (Steve gets photo credit for this one of me and my horse Mischief.)

Steve, Boss, and Daisy were willing to venture closer to the dropoff.

We rode across a huge plateau going and coming from the viewpoints. The orange is to make sure the hunters know we're not deer or elk.
Many of my photos have horse ears in the foreground. I could crop them out, but I think it adds interest and maybe puts the viewer in touch with my horseback position. In spite of crossing some dirt roads, we were all alone on this ride, just us, big country, and big sky.
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January 27, 2009

A Fetchin' Gal

Our Daisy Mae loves to fetch. She's a lab. It's in her DNA.
Here she is getting ready to play:
"I'm ready! I'm willing! Throw the dang frisbee, already!"

"Okay, the frisbee's in the air! I see it!"

"I've got my eyes on it!"

"Total concentration now. Nothing's getting between me and that disk!"

"It's coming down..."

"I'm here, I'm ready, I've..."

"Got it!!"

I haven't been able to get a still shot of Daisy jumping off the ground for the frisbee, but I did catch her leaping in this video:
video

January 26, 2009

Utah Petroglyphs and Pictographs


If you're exploring the state of Utah, don't miss out on the wonderful Native American rock art. These photos were taken in spring and fall, the best times to visit semi-arid areas.
Rochester Panel, near Castledale:

Rochester close-ups:


Cub Creek, in Dinosaur National Monument, near Vernal:

In Fremont Indian State Park, off of I-70 in Sevier County. Unfortunately, MIKE has defaced this panel:
In Nine Mile Canyon area, from the Great Hunt panel:

Above are petroglyphs, etched into the rock.
Below is an example of a pictograph, painted onto the surface, found on Jones Hole Creek, called the Deluge Shelter site. Excavations in the area indicate intermittent occupation for the last 7000 years.

These are just a few examples from the Fremont culture. Look for native rock art anywhere there is a water source and a good flat rock panel.
For fascinating photos from all over the world, go to That's My World!

January 22, 2009

Variety is the Spice



Most of December, all of January, and most of February is cross country skiing time around here. The weather is too cold and the snow too deep for trail riding, so the horses get a rest.
By early March, we'll start riding at lower elevations (around 4500 feet) in the desert, pinyon-juniper country.

By July/August, we'll move up to 11-12,000 feet in the Uinta Mountains.

From wildflowers through the changing aspens, we'll make the most of high country rides.
Then, as winter moves in up high, we'll again enjoy lower altitude rides...
until the snow falls in the desert once again.
We're lucky to have such diversity, all within an hour's drive of our house. And all of it under cover of the big, beautiful western sky.
To see more skies all over the world, go to Skywatch Friday.

January 21, 2009

Pastoral Fairyland

Lacy frost on the grass of summer past:
The breath of winter on an equine coat:

Take heart, friends. Only two months 'til spring!

Re: previous post, Frost Crystals. Thanks to Arija for referring to my white horse as a unicorn. I've always wanted one of those! Thanks to EGTourguide for providing a scientific definition of hoarfrost, "Ice crystals formed in super-saturated air."
Several folks offered suggestions for renaming my subject matter. Tess gave me "sparkle magic." Rob calls it "winter magic." But my favorite came from Gaelyn. I hereby wave my Good Witch of the West wand and change the name of hoarfrost to "fairy frost."

January 19, 2009

Frost Crystals

I woke this morning to a coating of hoar frost. (This deserves a more poetic name, don't you think?)
Crystalline magic encases my world and takes my breath away.

The temperature hovers at zero, but winter's surprising wonderland makes me forget chilled fingers and toes.

To see the beauty of other worlds, click here.

January 15, 2009

God-Speak


The above photo was taken right after we completed our first hay mowing last summer. From a clear sky and a sunny skies prediction, the wind picked up, the heavens darkened, and we feared we were in for a downpour on our newly cut crop.
Fortunately, the Great Spirit gave us a break, and only a few sprinkles fell from the angry-looking clouds.

A few days later, Farmer Sam and Sammette (Steve and I) had a successful baling with good dry hay. Our horses are still munching on the results.
For more great photos, go to Skywatch Friday.

January 14, 2009

An Enviable Goal

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal (by Daniel Henniger) a couple of days ago about a unique New Years Resolution: Don’t Be Stupid.
Mr. Henniger was referring to our economic crisis and avoiding the stupidity, dishonesty, and naivety that got us into it.
But I'm not a global financier and can't do much about that mess, so I'm just going for the basics.
I'm taking the resolution at face value and adopting it for my very own. On so many levels, "not being stupid" would lead to the perfect me.
I wouldn’t forget anything, I’d make great decisions about where to go when, I’d pick good investments, and avoid worthless purchases. With my new-found smarts, I’d be a virtual paragon. I'd become an excellent cook, never neglecting the pasta until its burned, always having the correct ingredients on hand. I'd keep a clean house and the pictures on the wall would never hang crooked. I would handily train horse, dog, and husband to be just as perfect. I’d wow my kids. And, of course, I’d say all the right things to friends and family, never screwing up and insulting someone unintentionally.
In other words, no flaws. In the immortal words of Eliza Doolittle, wouldn’t it be lover-ly?

January 12, 2009

An Odd Couple


Here’s Daisy Mae (at six weeks old) meeting Boss, the big guy.

The pair have been friends ever since. Boss allows Daisy to use his tail as a fly swatter, rest in his shade, or follow at his heels.

If she gets in his way on a ride, he’ll gently push her aside with his nose. If he comes up to her resting in the shade, he’ll put his head down to check on her.
If a pair of different species can get along so well, why do we humans find so much to disagree about?
Go to My World Tuesday to see a cornucopia of fascinating photos.

January 11, 2009

First Full Moon of 2009

The full moon rose a few minutes past sunset last night, while pink still tinted the sky. Clouds on the horizon obscured it at first and added mystery as the sky grew darker.


January 8, 2009

Dawn Horse

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature ~ the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.
Rachel Carson (1907 - 1964)
I wish the horse was clearer, but I wanted to share the dragon's breath at dawn...
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