Monday, November 21, 2016

Demand light

Some days you have to turn off the news
and listen to the bird or truck
or the neighbor screaming out her life.
You have to close all the books and open
all the windows so that whatever swirls
inside can leave and whatever flutters
against the glass can enter. Some days
you have to unplug the phone and step
out to the porch and rock all afternoon
and allow the sun to tell you what to do.
The whole day has to lie ahead of you
like railroad tracks that drift off into gravel.
Some days you have to walk down the wooden
staircase through the evening fog to the river,
where the peach roses are closing,
sit on the grassy bank and wait for the two geese.

~Philip Terman

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

In between the folds

Mardy Murie reading the preface to her book Two in the Far North to Terry Tempest Williams::


There may be people who feel no need for nature. They are fortunate, perhaps. 

But, for those of us who feel otherwise, who feel something is missing unless we can hike across the land disturbed only by our footsteps or see creatures roaming freely as they have always done, we are sure there should be wilderness. 

Species other than man have rights, too.

Having finished all the requisites of our proud, materialistic civilization, our neon-lit society, does nature, which is the basis for our existence, have the right to live on?

Do we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness this right?

Our eyes met.

"Do you think we have it in us?" she asked.



Friday, October 21, 2016

Indian Summer

Melted honey drips

into my cupped hand

i taste the setting sun

~Paul Callus


Friday, October 14, 2016

It was quite a day

Why We Fight

A Wyoming Wild Horse Victory

October 13, 2016

News blast from Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation

Dear Friends,

On the heels of winning a victory for Oregon wild horse mares, threatened by dangerous sterilization surgery, comes yet another win for the wild ones.

The U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the State of Wyoming against The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)seeking the removal of hundreds of wild horses from public lands across the state including mustangs from the Stewart Creek Herd.
Ironically, Quinn and I were visiting the Stewart Creek mustangs with Lynn Hanson, my friend and fellow wild horse advocate, when our attorneys learned of this second victory.
(Photo by GK)
Being out here with these beautiful, family and freedom loving icons of the West reminds me of why we fight. Their home is over 230,000 acres of sagebrush valleys and windswept rims along the Continental Divide.
(Lynn shoots Ginger filming)
(Photo by GK)
(Photo by GK)
The first time I saw the colorful Stewart Creek wild horses, it was the dead of winter. Ann Evans and I were driving from Riverton to Rawlins, and we were thrilled to see a family band just a short distance from Hwy 287/789, about 20 miles north of town. Winters are bitter and long in Stewart Creek. The foals above didn't seem to mind.
(Photo by GK)
We saw this lone mustang in his huge home during our winter drive-by. He, too, was not far from the main highway. It was grand to see them in nearly the same place as the winter ones.
(Photo by GK)
(Photo by GK)
We encourage you to try your hand at finding them.
If you have a high clearance vehicle, you can enter the range on a number of sandy roads. Take your binoculars to verify that these often distant dots are real live mustangs!
(Photo by Chad Hanson)

Happy Trails!
P.S. As a bonus, you are likely to see hundreds of fleet-footed pronghorns and a cottontail or two. Quinn was particularly fascinated with the rabbits!
(Photo by GK)
(Photo by GK)
Support wild mustangs and Burros.

And from me, thank you for caring and for being here!

~ Lynn