Remember five months and six days ago...
Friday, August 28, 2015
It's known by some as the Middle Tensleep Creek Trail; others call it the Lost Twin Lakes Trail. After studying the Forest Service map at the trailhead, we set our sights on Mirror Lake, which appeared to lie some two or three miles up the trail.
We hiked for hours but never found Mirror Lake, which is apparently not as close to the trail as we thought. Even if we return with a guidebook and have more success, we'll always call it Lost Mirror Lake Trail.
The falls were a delightful surprise.
A few wildflowers have survived the frosts. Luckily, the mosquitoes and flies have not.
I'd like to know the name of this Christmas-colored groundcover.
The Middle Tensleep Creek--I think!
Summer meets fall.
This goshawk had earlier flown just over my head. Its size was a bit intimidating!
Pikas can be heard in every boulder field along the trail, but they're not so easily seen. (Can you find it?) Oh, for a zoom lens!
"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks." ~Daniel Boone
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A sunflower actually has one- to two-thousand tiny disc flowers, making it a one-stop pollen-mart for bees.
American Indians are believed to have begun cultivating sunflowers as early as 3000 BC--with the help of their honey-making neighbors, of course.
"The world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don't be afraid....Don't even think about swatting....Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved." ~Sue Monk Kidd
Sunday, August 23, 2015
The terrible tiger and peerless panther steal out of the jungle and into a clearing.
Cat-astrophic casualties lie in their wake.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Some four months ago, Fancy arrived here in an old, beat-up station wagon.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Finnegan, a sweet friend and a star therapy horse at Rainhorse Equine Assisted Services, has been very sick with a disease which severely affects her breathing. She had to have an emergency tracheotomy and will require surgery soon.
Prayers are coveted, and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Rainhorse pay for her surgery and veterinary expenses. Please see http://de.gofund.me/savefinnegan for more information. Thank you so much!
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This beautiful hiking trail is just over an hour's drive from our place.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
We're so thankful for great haying weather--hot and dry, so there's no mold--for putting up the second cutting of hay! Due to said conditions, however, we hurried to start the irrigation water within minutes of stacking the last bale.
Afternoon temperatures are in the mid-nineties, but fall is coming. It's a race against time to get the third cutting of hay put up before the first hard frost in September. And now, of course, we'd gladly exchange these clear blue skies for rain clouds!