Wednesday, May 6, 2015

these days












Some days go by like a flash of lightning, all my thoughts and dreams racing across the sky as I go further, further into the back country, further into the wild, seeking whatever I might find there.
My heart pounds like the hooves of the feral horses that run the fence line. My blood sings like the wind in the barbed wire fence.

And on the other days, life is slow and easy. It's all green meadows in the midst of the desert and long, sunny days watching the clouds go by.

April was over and before I realized it, I was on my way to the adventures that the beginning of May brought. Spring really had come to the desert, and the rain reminded all the drought-beaten plants to burst forth in flower. The rain kept the wild ponies in the lower country, and the rain called me out to play with them.
In the course of a week, I wandered between desert and mountains, ponies and lizards, 80 degree days and cold, wet days.
And I loved it all.

Linking up with Chrisy at living a good north coast life and reconnecting with wild and wonderful Nature!

19 comments:

  1. oh these transitional days that have us with a foot in each extreme! it's been very wet and stormy here and will be through the weekend, and when the sun breaks out again it will feel as hot and oppressive as a sauna. spring isn't so much a season here as it is a study in contrasts! your photos are lovely, though, and tell stories of good times being had! keep enjoying whatever is offered, right?!
    xx

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    1. I've always loved the changing seasons, the smell of the rain and the warming of the earth. In fact, the wilder the weather, the happier I am! xx

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  2. Wonderful words to accompany your fantastic photos

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lou. Nice to see you here again!

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  3. You really do have the best of both, don't you!
    Days of yucca, days of Aspen. Warmth and wind and rain. And horses.
    I can't help but feel you are happy, so happy, these ever changing sweet days of yours!

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    1. Yes, I am guilty of feeling I have the best of life lately. And horses too! These are happy times! xx

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  4. may i just come lay in that meadow, in that stretch of desert, and just BE??

    ….sigh……..

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  5. Blue skies, horses and wildflowers galore! You're in your element, dear woman, and it shows beautifully.

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    1. Now, if I could only figure out a way to stay in this element! xx

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  6. These horses have got me intrigued. You captured them so beautifully.
    I quite like the idea of wild horses, in Australia we call them "brumbies". Except in Australia, horses aren't a natural part of the environment so ours are descendants from escaped animals, sometimes dating back to European settlement.
    In Australia wild horses are a pretty contentious issues. We naturally don't have any hard soled animals and horses can significantly damage the environment, particularly sensitive areas like up in the alpine. But then on the other hand they are a link to our history and l think there is link between our wild horses and the ones used in the Light Horse brigades in WW1.
    They're just so evocative too.....
    Are horses native to America? I've got images of Indians riding them from the tv :) and do you know if they cause any damage to the environment over there?
    Thanks for participating in the link up, always love to see what you've been up to. xx

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    1. Horses were in this part of the world during the Ice Age but migrated away. The Spaniards reintroduced them in the late 1400's and they've been a part of the wild west ever since. I can't really say they cause any damage as there is so much land for them to wander and they are pretty small herds. (Well, they DID kick in the ice machine at a local visitor center. It was quite a news item!)
      They're such a symbol of the American west...I always look forward to seeing them on my trips to Colorado.
      xx

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    2. LOL at the ice machine!
      I guess one difference is that America has other hard soled herd animals, where as in Australia we don't. Australia's such an ancient, quite fragile landscape in many ways. Looks tough and rugged, but in reality doesn't take much to knock it about.

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    3. The ice machine escapade made headlines in the nearby town! Now, if we only had wild goats, who knows what kind of trouble they would get into? xx

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  7. Love all these awesome shots. It's interesting what you find in the wild. Here in New Zealand, we have a lot of wild goats as well as birds of all kinds.

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    1. Now that's one thing I've never seen....wild goats! Plenty of deer and elk and horses here, but no wild goats! :)

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    2. *Waving hand*
      We've got wild goats in Australia too. ;)

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  8. Lovely post. Your photos, as always, are beautiful and your words always paint a beautiful picture too.

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