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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Post Number 701...But Who's Counting...

No posts for two weeks...here anyhow...but I have been posting my Photo A Day HERE. I have to confess that it's not easy for me to have two blogs going.

My Man and I took a day trip a few weekends ago to the south end of Harney County to visit my Ol' Man Toby...and his family. He and the kids are doing fantastic!!!


Young Rider
Monte riding Toby with his pup in chase. The beautiful Pueblo Mountains are in the distance. I wish I could have grown up like these kids...they're amazing!


Top of P Hill
Our route took us from Princeton to Diamond and then Frenchglen. This photo is taken at the top of P Hill above Frenchglen. The Malhuer Wildlife Refuge lies below. The scorched trees are from the devastating Miller Homestead wildfire from last summer...but look at the beautiful green grass coming up!


Scars on the Land
The land will recover from the fire...the juniper trees are a noxious weed that suck up 30 gallons of water a day taking moisture that is needed for the grasses to grow and sustain cattle, wildlife, and wild horses.


Up 'n Over
We traveled the length of the Catlow Valley seeing nothing but cows and wildlife. I saw a small herd of Big Horn sheep but couldn't get a photo. Hart Mountain is in the distance.


Steens Mountain Over the Fence
We arrived at Fields which is just a few miles from the Nevada border. It's beautiful, rugged, and desolate. I think I could live there! Steens Mountain in the distance.


Alvord Desert
After our visit, we headed back north to home via the Alvord Desert...a huge alkali desert running for miles along the east base of the Steens Mountain.

As with any trip...it's good to go, but just as good to get back home!


Rurality Blog Hop #10



19 comments:

cheyenne jones said...

I really admire your world. if nothing else life has taught me, it is to appreciate everything that He made, and He has done some wonderful things! Great post, and wonderful pictures.Thank you.

alwaysbackroads said...

Two blogs are much more work than one. And your photo-a-day blog also includes a lot of writing. And my guess is that you have some work to do around the place! :) No wonder you miss a day now and then. Your blogs - photos and writing - are wonderful. I'll enjoy them no matter how often you post.

CDH said...

That is beautiful country! We just got back from a 3000 mile road trip. Went thru the steens on our way home. GORGEOUS!

Andee said...

Oh my goodness what beautiful views!

acreativeharbor.com said...

What gorgeous country ! Magnificent photography! ^_^

ps. ~ Home's the best .

SheMovedtoTexas said...

Those pictures are just beautiful. I've never lived or traveled much in that part of the country, and just think it's gorgeous.

Madge Bloom said...

Gorgeous shots Karen... love that snow on Steens...

Coombe Mill said...

Now this makes my riding photo look just a little tame!

Linda said...

You live in some beautiful country. I couldn't do two blogs.....I tried that once.

Crystal said...

Very pretty scenery there! I too wish I coulda grew up out where I live now, but at least I can experience it now :)

I have a second blog I probly haven't wrote on in a year, maybe I should get back to it one day when i have spare time, lol.

Elizabeth Martin said...

OH my goodness your photos are wonderful!!!! Congrats on post 701!!! :)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

glad to see you return & are doing well. i hope you had a good time away. i enjoy these views. just breathtaking. thanks, for sharing with us. take care. ( :

amanda said...

Sounds like an excellent trip!
Those mountains are stunning, and I especially like how you captured the deer in motion (and form!) jumping over the fence.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow! Beautiful scenery!

Tricia Hays said...

I know you know this, but I have to say it anyway... You have some beautifully awesome views out there! WoW =)

Candy C. said...

I love the wide open spaces of the west! What beautiful views and glad to see Toby is doing well! :)

lilyrose said...

Glad you're back! Your photos are stunning.

Lady Locust said...

Well Hi there,
I just found you through rural blog co-op. I have looked for 'ranching' blogs for some time - missed the key word evidently. My folks just sold their ranch out between Crane & Juntura a couple years ago - spent quite a bit of time up in those hills. Can't wait to see other blogs about 'real' life. Thanks for sharing.
Smiles,
JoeyLea
http://www.thelocustblossom.blogspot.com/

Shirley said...

Beautiful scenery, but it doesn't outdo the old horse and the young child- now that is perfect!

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