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Sangre de Cristo–Summer of Fire

Red sunrise over Sheep Mountain

Sangre de Cristo,
blood red against the sky,
smoky crimson sunrise
illuminates the dry

and murky landscape,
grey haze that turns to pink,
and throws a rosy glow
to make night’s shadows sink.

Mountains rise ephemeral,
magic light against their rock,
a brief illumination
shows their beauty with a shock.

of this pink and hazy glow
wrought by fires in the south,
fire in the sky,
and fires bred by drought.

Flames that rise and roar
and eat all before their path,
nature and man’s doings
give way before their wrath.

We watch from distant fastness
as smoky fingers curl,
long tendrils reach with greed
to menace with their swirl,

and spread a grim grey threat
to make us tear and choke.
We wear a gauzy veil
of ash and haze and smoke.

It filters through our valleys
where grass stands stiff and dry,
where leaves hang low and thirsty
beneath this pall of sky.

Tales now come to haunt us
of flames that leave a stark
and ancient calling card,
borne aloft by wind and spark.

We watch and wait and fret
that such could be our fate,
while distant matches flare,
in a tinderbox, we wait.

Such thoughts all disappear
with wonder and with awe,
as sunrise works its alchemy,
paints the country with a raw

and glowing pinkwash,
with a brief and fleeting dye.
Sangre de Cristo,
blood red against the sky.

Red sunset over Battle Mountain

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2020 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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What the shepherd saw

Sunset when the sheep got into the haystack

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2019 in Animals, Dogs, Nature and Wildlife, Sheep

 

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Last light on lilacs

Last light after rain,
a gift, a glow, glistening
drops on lilac blooms.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Christmas sunset, Sheep Mountain

photo by Chis Abel

 

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2017 in Family, Folks, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Still winter

winter sunset

winter sunset

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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Scenes from Almost Solstice

Rainbow over Powder Rim

Rainbow over Powder Rim

Feral horses on Racetrack

Feral horses on Racetrack

Yemerson with his sheep near Upper Powder Spring

Yemerson with his sheep near Upper Powder Spring

Guardian dogs chowing down on whole kernel corn

Guardian dogs chowing down on whole kernel corn

Filo with guard dogs

Filo with guard dogs

Yearling ewes and old ewes

Yearling ewes and old ewes

Unloading the bucks

Unloading the bucks

Bucks spot the girls

Bucks spot the girls

Horse on the Red Desert

Horse on the Red Desert

 siobhan and Meghan with Siobhan and Meghan with Rhen photo-bombing

Lambs on Harper feedlot

Lambs on Harper feedlot

Almost Solstice sunset

Almost Solstice sunset

Sunset over Sandman Mountain

Sunset over Sandman Mountain

 

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Another view of sunset

fenceline at sunset Siobhan Lally

fenceline at sunset
Siobhan Lally

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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Gathering the cavvy

bringing in the horses at sunset

bringing in the horses at sunset

 

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Sunset, Pat’s birthday

Horizon sheep at sunset

Horizon sheep at sunset

Battle Mountain, with not enough snow

Battle Mountain, with not enough snow

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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Farewell, 2013!

Sunset on Squaw Mountain

Sunset on Squaw Mountain

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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