Saturday, August 28, 2010

Summer Spots

When I first got Star as a yearling about 11 years ago she didn't have any spots except the star between her eyes. Each year when she gets her summer coat she has more and more of the tiny appaloosa spots on her face, neck, chest, and belly but very few of the spots on her back and butt where an appy normally has them. In the winter time in her heavy coat she doesn't have the little spots and looks like a normal sorrel horse. To get the photos I had to tie her to a post in her pen that is on the east side of our small place and has a good view of the Sandia Mountains. Albuquerque and Rio Rancho are between us and the mountains but can't be seen, thank goodness, for the hill between us and them.

More Spots

Friday, August 27, 2010



We had this rainbow before the big rain storm last week.

Attach of the Birds

Everyonce in a while we have a big flock of blackbirds come in to water.

The Devils Claw Seed Pod

This is a green seed pod from the devils caw flower. You can see the 'claw' as it clings to part of the stem and the other end has the dried flower on it. Later it will turn a dryed brown color and have little seed in it. These big seed pods work great in dryed flower arrangements.

Devils Claw Wild Flower

Each summer I get a couple of these Devils Claw Wild Flowers. They are more common in other areas of the Southwest states than here, so I try to keep some of the seeds to replant. This is the leaves and blossom on one.

Succulent Blossom

One of my houseplants, a succulent has been blooming some this summer. Here are some of the buds and an open blossom.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rose of Sharon

Catch the Feather

This and the next two photos are of Wiley playing his favorite game of Catch the Feather. You can see a chicken feather floating down a little bit above his nose, looking like it is almost part of the plant.

Grab It!

Jumping Cat

New Painting

I got this painting at a yard sale. The photo isn't that good. I love the colors. Artest has the last name of Hilton but couldn't make out the first initial - either G or maybe a Y.

New Bowl

I got this bowl at a thrift store. I really like, it just called to me, but hubby didn't care for it. It had no markings on it, and wonder if anyone knows anything about cermanic bowls like this.

On the Vine

This was a big watermelon. We guessed it at about 20 pounds. Biggest we ever raised. And it was good. The next photo down is of it cut open.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Cool Cloud

Sage and Sunflowers


Meal Time

Stormy and Trave eating together.

Night Traveler

This is Trave or Tennessee Walking Horse crossed with a Shetland pony.

Storm Shadow

Stormy is our Miniture Horse and Shetland cross.


Our oldest cat, Jade, having a leasure time on the porch.

Tuffee and Jade

Tuffee and Jade sharing the food bowl. Yes, Jade actually does get a bit now and then.


When I posted another photo of these flowers I said I didn't know what they were so I looked them up and they are a type of buttercup.

Skyrocket Flower

When I posted a simular photo I said I didn't know the name of this flower. I have found out it is called Skyrocket.

Distance Mountains

Looking toward Schoolhouse Mesa in the Jemez Mountains.

In The Rain

This is how it looked when we parked to let the rain let up as it was raining extreamly hard. This is the Jemez Pueblo Visitors Center where we buy fry bread to eat. You can just barely see one of the remadas on the right edge of the photo where they put out their food items and cook the fry bread in big pans of hot greese over wood fires.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Creek

Lee is standing by the creek that is above Jemez Springs where a lot of fishing is done. I think this is part of San Antonio Creek.

Stream and Flowers

Mountain Meadow

Balancing Rock

Rock Ridge

Mountain Top

Yellow Wild Flower

I don't know the name of this wild flower or the name of the small red one in a previous post.

Red Wild Flowers

When we went to the mountains about a week ago we found these tiny, red wildflowers.

Fenton Lake

Before the Rain

ATV Time

We took the ATV's out the other day after a rain, to see how bad a shape the roads were in. Nothing to bad but a few were washed out some.

Rains and Dirt Roads

This is what happens when we get our rains in New Mexico on our dirt roads. The water flooding down the roads causes lots of erousion and make ruts and ditches in the road and sometimes washs them out to where they are completely impassable until the wind comes, drys out the sand and blows sand back into the damage that was done. Or else man and heavy equipment repair it so it can happen again during the next rain storm.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Clouds Over the Sandia Mountains

Another Bumble


A Bee or What?

My blue knight spiria is blooming heavy and the bees and butterflies love it. I am not sure if this is a bee or a wasp but it sure had pretty blue wings.

Bumble Bee

This bumble bee was sampling the flowers on my vitex bush.

And the Bumble Bee Left

Another Rose

Red Rose

Yellow Rose