Still have lots to share from almost two weeks ago … looking forward to getting back to the basin this week, weather-permitting. Loved getting all that moisture (including snow!), but I can hardly stand not having been in the basin for two weeks. I want to see it GREEN, like we’ve hardly had yet this year (the green-up was as subtle as I’ve ever seen it, and the cheat grass has already gone to purple), and I want to see ponds brimming with water. I want to see all the babies and families! Don’t know what I’ll find … and that’s why I’m so eager to get back out!
Juniper, mama Kestrel and daddy Comanche. For whatever reason, I just love knowing Comanche is a full-fledged daddy … He has taken such good care of Winona.
Baby girl in the spotlight
Isn’t she divine?
And the whole world is new and interesting and beautiful, to be explored and marveled at.
Then they left the shadows of the trees for the morning sunlight.
All things bright and beautiful …
All things wise and wonderful …
It was a gorgeous morning. If snow fell in the basin last week with the rain, I wonder what she made of that? What all the babies – tough little mustang babies, made of stern gossamer stuff – made of it? I hope they delighted in it and kicked up their tiny heels and ran for joy of life!
We wandered over the pinon-juniper island and found Luna’s band already hard at work at nap time. There’s just about nothing better than napping in that delicious morning sunshine after the day’s first trip to the water hole. At least, that’s my take on it.
Alpha was just to the left. I think Mouse was a little back, also to the left.
Zeroing in … Steeldust is likely Varoujan’s granddaddy (likely sire of Butch).
The littlest mister laid down …
And big brother Gideon came thiiiiiiis close to joining him … His nodding head dropped so low, I was sure he was going to lie down, but he never did.
Meanwhile, just a little distance away …
Big sister Winona, fascinated by the baby …
Ha! Mama Kestrel was just steps away to the left. Pretty soon, these two will be playing together and running circles around mama and daddy!
Handsome daddy Comanche
He stays close …
Baby girl couldn’t resist the call of nap time, either …
Like mama Luna, like daughter Kestrel … I really don’t know how to articulate how I feel when I sit with these horses, in the sunlight of a beautiful spring morning, a million miles away from anywhere and everywhere. It’s the most incredible gift to be able to do that, feeling their quiet magic all around. I am grateful beyond words … I am amazed beyond reason … It keeps me going back, it makes me do everything I can to ensure their survival in the best conditions possible. Above all things but my own family, they are my light in this world.
Luna the beautiful and wise, mother of (at least) Kestrel, Ember, Hannah, Gideon and Varoujan; grandmother of (at least) Winona, Fierro and Juniper. We are so blessed to have her (she came from Sand Wash Basin in 2001).
Varo and Luna, Gideon and Alpha in back.
Do you see all their eyes? Luna and Varo, of course, Alpha … and Gideon? I love trying to capture images like this – puzzle pieces of family life.
Baby gives mama a schnuzzle …
Mama gives baby a schnuzzle! I love how her mobile lips are stretched out to him.
Mama, always a comforting presence …
Loved the light on him against the shadowed arroyo wall behind him.
Just love … just always simply love.