The Nina, the pinto, and the Santa Maria

photo taken April 2010 • title thanks to Elaine S.

one year ago: Between Winter And Spring
two years ago: Backlit And Blended

AAAAAAAAAHAY!  You all are so unnyfay.  Illiantbray & underfulway.
Three sweets to the wind.
Wild West Side Story
Tom, Chick & Hairy
Ollowfay Ezay Eaderlay
Two boys and a curl
Follow the yellow kit(ten) rogue
We’re off to see the wizard …..
range rovers
The Good, The Bad, and The Cuddly (NOT!)
Waggin Train……………….
Happy Trails, Happy Tails
prowl, howl and yowl
Wild West Side Story

• • • Erehay ooyay ogay ~ ayay icturepay orfay ooyay otay amenay.
Ahhay ahhay ohay ohay ogay!

272 Responses to “The Nina, the pinto, and the Santa Maria”

  1. Suzy Says:


    Follow the leader

  2. Diana Says:

    ♫ we will follow him ♫

  3. Suzy Says:

    Line Dancing


    Eli is the winner by a nose

  4. Suzy Says:

    Take a walk on the wild side

    Treasure Hunt!

    Sniff, Sniff, Sniff

  5. Lauren Says:

    Their the three best friends that anybody could have.

  6. lynn Says:

    The Hunt for Red …something

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Eli says, “I’m being followed!”

    Eli says, “Are you following me?”

    The leader.

    Leading others into trouble.

  8. JP Says:

    Sir Eli and his trusty minions

    “I’ve gotta show these kids everything”

  9. Meredith Says:

    Feline Leadership

  10. Danielle Says:

    When I first saw this photograph, the marching song that the elephants sing in Disney’s The Jungle Book immediately popped into my mind and I couldn’t get these lines out of my head for a good bit of the morning:

    “We’re a cracker jack brigade
    On a pachyderm parade
    But we’d rather stroll to a water hole
    For a furlough in the shade!”

    Title? “Cracker Jack Brigade”

  11. lynn Says:

    A little cat shall lead them

  12. Frannie Says:

    Homeward Bound – Cat, Coyote, Hound

  13. Mary Says:

    ” I said LEFT, pay attention!”
    answer = “Which is my left again?”

  14. JMS Says:

    Three Amigos


    Where he leads we will follow


    I must hurry and catch them for I am their leader!

  15. Tina Says:

    Follow the yellow kit(ten) rogue

  16. Sarah Says:


    (Goes with the “Pig Latin” instructions) And yes – I know they’re not all males, as my title would suggest.

  17. lenje Says:

    “We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader // We’re following the leader where ever he may go!”

  18. MJK Says:

    hunting lessons

  19. laura Says:

    rang rovers

  20. Lucky Says:

    if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes

  21. belle Says:

    If you lead, I will follow; you are my trusted friend(s)

  22. Carolyn C. Says:

    The Stockton Gang

  23. sybann Says:

    The Three Red-dirtteers.

  24. Claudia Says:

    This is NOT age before beauty it is wisdom before inquisitiveness

  25. Gem Says:

    “D’you wanna be in my gang, my gang, my gang?” Gary Glitter – I’m the leader of the gang, I am

  26. Pam A. Says:

    Chloe Sandwich

  27. Lynne Woodrell Says:


  28. Di Says:

    Leader of the Pack

  29. Anonymous Says:

    3′s Company

  30. Patr Says:

    3 Stooges

    3 Musketeer’s

    Eli and his worshipers

    Wherever He leadeth, they will follow

  31. Says:

    The Cat Pack


    fELIne Followers

  32. ke Says:

    Walk This Way….

  33. Dana Says:

    Follow the leader

    Way this way, Talk this way,…

    Simon says….

  34. kelly Says:

    Walk This way – that was from me.

  35. MJ Says:

    Wither thou goest…

    We’ve got your back, Eli!

    Gang of three

    Burnt Umber Sandwich

    Three C’s (Cat, Chloe, Charlie or Coyote if you prefer)

    Savanger Hunt

    ECC (Pronounced Ekkk!)

  36. Jane Stanley Says:

    Follow the leader.
    Whither thou goest.
    Snack Pack.

  37. Heather L Says:

    Rank & File…….

  38. Heather L Says:

    The Searchers

  39. Wendy Says:

    “Patience, grasshoppers…”

  40. Heather L Says:

    The Three MUSKateers

  41. Anonymous Says:

    Reservoir Dogs and cat

    On the predatory prairie prowl

    the three musk-eteers

    Leading through example

    On the leader’s nose

    The three prairie stooges

  42. Helioprogenus Says:

    oops, that anonymous was me.

    Reservoir Dogs and cat

    On the predatory prairie prowl

    the three musk-eteers

    Leading through example

    On the leader’s nose

    The three prairie stooges

  43. Heather L Says:

    Harry, Curly & Co (yote)

  44. penny Says:

    Doy de doy de doy…..

  45. Meg Says:

    Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to work we go *whistle*

  46. Eve Says:

    We’re off to see the wizard …..

  47. Debi Says:


    (as in trip or vacation or leave of absence)


  48. moondoggie Says:

    Trackin’ Trio

  49. Jude Says:

    One, Two, Three – Off to Explore are We

  50. Becky Says:

    Cat in Charge

    Explorer Scouts, Ten Sleep Troop #1

  51. Heather L Says:

    Making the Rounds…….

  52. Angela Says:

    The Leader of the Pack

  53. Angela Says:

    D’oh! Di beat me to it. I knew I shoulda read all the comments first.

  54. Heather L Says:

    Going the Mile……….In Single File

  55. Kirby Says:

    The Incredible Journey

  56. Laurie "Wo" Smith Says:

    3 Musky-teers

  57. Feral Boy Says:

    The Good, The Bad, and The Cuddly (NOT!)

  58. Eija Says:

    Roaming In Unison

    ‘Border Patrol’

    The Amazing Trio


  59. Heather L Says:

    The Get-Along Gang…

  60. Linda Lu Says:

    Once the Leader . . . . Always the Leader!

  61. bruce Says:

    Tres Farmilios

    Eli Says….

  62. Linda Lu Says:

    Boss-Man Eli in charge, as always.

  63. Heather L Says:

    Eli the Engine, Chloe the Cargo, Charlie the Caboose……

  64. Heather L Says:

    Heads or Tails………….

  65. ln Says:

    Following their Bliss

  66. Heather L Says:

    The Sod Squad…………..

    The Glee Club

    Band of Brothers & (sister)

  67. Clare Says:

    Three go forth

  68. Jenny C Says:

    The Tribe

    “We got yer back, Eli… sir.”

    (amazing photography, Shreve – that was my very first thought, btw.)

  69. Sandy Says:

    the three stooges…

  70. Pat D. Says:

    This old song snippet came to my mind:

    “Over hill, over dale,
    We will hit the dusty trail…”

    And another one:

    “Over there, over there,
    We’re going over, and we won’t be back
    Till it’s over over there!”

    I guess it’s the slightly military air the Three have. Good pic!

  71. Jean Says:

    Intent on a mission of the utmost importance!

  72. arescuemom Says:


  73. Heather L Says:

    The Fan Club

    Ten Sleep Troupe

    Scavenger Hunt….

  74. Lynsey Says:


    Dustin’ up Some Trouble

    Nacho Cheese

  75. Felis Sidus Says:

    Merry band of brothers

    ref: Henry V, W. Shakespeare

  76. Bess Says:

    The Scent Brigade


    Good, Better, Best

  77. Kathleen Says:

    A wandering we will go

    Two boys and a curl


  78. Kathleen Says:

    A wandering we will go

    Two boys and a curl


  79. E.J. Says:

    Ollowfay Ezay Eaderlay

  80. Heather L Says:

    Feline Fellowship..

    The Cat Coalition

    The Clan of the Cat

    The Confederacy of the Cat

  81. Heather L Says:

    Pet Patrol…………………..

  82. Heather L Says:

    “A League of Their Own”

  83. Shannon H. Says:

    Reservoir…… dogs?

    Mod Squad

    Charlie’s Angels

  84. cheryl Says:

    Follow the Cat

    Ducks in a Row

    Elf Leg Out of Frame

  85. Rachel Says:

    Feline Fall- in-line.

    Learning from the Master.

    Eli in the lead.

    Be vewy, vewy qwiet.

    Cat n Coyote Patrol.

    Feline, Lupine, Get in line

    The feline-lupine line.

  86. Jenny C Says:

    Los Tres Originales

  87. Shannon H. Says:

    Hook, line & sinker

  88. April Says:

    Recounting stories of the night’s prowl

  89. Heather L Says:

    Tom, Chick & Hairy

  90. Heather L Says:

    Three’s Company……….

  91. V Says:

    Blazing the Trail.

    Wyoming Rainbow.

  92. Dawn Says:

    We’re off to see the Wizard…

  93. Karen O. Says:

    Into the West

    The Three Stooges

    “We Few, We Happy Few”

  94. Pam Says:

    Let the games begin!

    To Your Marks!

  95. nancy Says:

    staggered formation

  96. Pika Says:

    Noses to the ground, tail to the sky–Charlie, Chloe, and staunch Eli.

  97. treva Says:

    “We are Family”

  98. saxon Says:

    Symphony in C : Cat, Coyote, Chloe

  99. Lynne R Says:

    Trail Blazers

  100. Lynne R Says:

    One of these things is not like the others…

  101. Valerie Says:

    Soul Train

  102. Lynne R Says:

    On The Road Again…

  103. Sherri Says:

    Following the leader…the leader.. the leader…. whereever he may go!

  104. Linda D. Says:

    Three on a mission…

  105. E.J. Jolie Says:

    Top Cat Leads the Pack

  106. bonnie Says:

    Follow the Leader.

  107. Martha 3782 Says:

    “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s after Eli we go.”

    “Whither Eli goest . . .”

    “Eli and His Devoted Followers”

    (Shreve, this has to be one of the best photos you’ve ever given us. A candidate for next year’s calendar perhaps?)

  108. Mamba 1-0 Says:

    Inspector Clouseau!

    Inspector Clouseau!

    We ‘ave found zee trail!!

  109. Jean Says:

    Surely someone’s already posted this: Leader of the Pack.

    I love how those two recognize that Eli’s the alpha critter in the family! You have some gorgeous companions there.

  110. Heather L Says:

    Waggin Train……………….

  111. Ursula Says:

    The three amigos….

    On the prowl…

  112. EP Says:

    I love a parade

  113. schatze Says:

    Desert Caravan

  114. Farmer Lady Says:

    “Follow me and learn, grasshoppers.” Eli whispers

    duck, duck, goose?

    Whatcha got?

    Providing back-up


    (I love these contests, thanks!)

  115. Linda Says:

    Follow the red dirt road, follow follow follow the red dirt road…

  116. Molly Says:

    We’re goin’ on a bear hunt. . .

  117. Karen Says:

    Chloe-the cream in the sandwich

  118. Amanda Says:

    A marchin’ we will go

    Eli: Leader of the pack

    Follow the red brick road

  119. Sara Says:

    Walk the line

  120. Amy Says:

    Follow the (pack) leader

    Single file, no talking

  121. carmel Says:


  122. Lisa Says:

    I got your backs…

  123. Heather L Says:

    Elk Envoy………..

    The Back-Up Plan…………

  124. carmel Says:

    Hey Ho, Hey Ho, it’s off to work we go !

  125. bonnie Says:

    Step right this way…

    ( just love this picture!!)

  126. carmel Says:

    alpha and omega

  127. Faye Says:

    Happy Trails, Happy Tails

  128. carmel Says:

    alpha dog !

  129. Linda D. Says:

    Moseying on down the road.

  130. carmel Says:

    celebrating the bond

  131. Barbara Says:

    A hunting we will go.

  132. Carrie Says:

    Prowling Pals

    “Whatcha Got Up There?”

    Mom, Eli always gets to go first.

  133. Barbara Says:

    He leads, they follow

  134. Lori Says:

    We’re goin’ on a bear hunt! We’re gonna catch a BIG one!

  135. MJ Says:

    S’More, Farmily Style

    (I thought of 3 more while in the shower and now I see 3 other folks had the same ones…brilliant minds:) so I’ll leave those to them)

  136. Heather L Says:

    Eli’s Expedition!

  137. TomR Says:

    The Three Muskyteers.

  138. Rebecca Says:

    On the Cat-Walk.
    Trips or better to open.
    Noses to the grindstone.
    Seek forth and conquer.
    The Three Musketeers.
    Tricky Triumverate.
    Trail Blazin’ Trio.

  139. Sheryl Says:

    We are farmily, my brother and my sister and me…..

    (To the tune of …..”We are family”, of course)

  140. Maggie Says:

    Eli Gets His Ducks (er, Dog and Coyote) in a Row.

  141. Emily Says:

    The ECCE (The Eli and Charlie and Chloe Express)

    Follow the Red Dirt Road!

    We’re Off to See the – LIZARD!

    We’re Off to See the Weed-zard!

  142. i-ching Says:

    Kit ‘n’ Caboose

    Ménage à trois

    The Good, The Bad, and The Cuddly

  143. Lindsay Says:

    Homeward Bound.

    Pecking Order.

  144. carol Says:

    A cat and two of his employees are seen here displaying the proper distance the two must maintain while awaiting any sign the boss even knows they exist.

  145. Ericka Says:

    The Brat Pack

    Simon says “Walk like this”

  146. CeeBee Says:

    Half a league half a league, Half a league onward, Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

  147. Pat D. Says:

    Yet another song, from “Godspell”:

    “Day by day, O dear lord, three things we pray:
    See thee more clearly,
    Love thee more dearly,
    Follow thee more nearly,
    Day by day by day….”

    (well– they’ve got the “follow” part down, anyway, lol.)

  148. Scotty Says:

    iffsnay estfay

  149. Nancy Peacock Says:

    The Three Noseketeers

  150. Tanya V. Says:

    Ménage à Trois

    Leader of the Band

    Los Tres Amigos

    Snipe Hunt

  151. Liz Says:

    Canine herding :)

  152. Jessica Says:

    Where are we going today, Eli??

    There are leaders and there are followers

    Natural born leader

    Conga line!

  153. Tanya V. Says:

    Triumvirate (a group of 3 individuals who share authority or importance of some kind)

    Los Banditos

    The Triple Alliance

  154. Lynne R Says:


  155. Tammy L. Says:

    Shhhh! Be very, very quiet! We’re hunting wabbits!

  156. Elaine Schoolnik Says:

    The Nina, the pinto and the Santa Maria

  157. Amy T. Says:

    Cat N’ Canine Caboose

    Taking a Hike

    Desert Wanderers

  158. Evan Says:

    Wyoming Conga line

  159. Donna Says:

    Following the Leader

  160. lynn Says:

    Having just found out there is a Waldo…they go in search

  161. John Thompson Says:

    Eli takes Chloe and Charlie on the proverbial Snipe Hunt.

  162. Maria Says:

    Electric Slide

  163. Barbara S. Says:

    The Three Noseketeers

  164. mlaiuppa Says:

    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep them doggies rollin’. Rawhide!

  165. mlaiuppa Says:

    Pecking order.

  166. Dogmom Says:

    The Quest

  167. Tracey Says:

    Eli, what have you got?

    SHARE with us!!!

  168. Jane Says:

    Sneakin’ thru the sagebrush
    The cat and his krew
    Wyoming gangstas

  169. janet Says:

    The queue of life

  170. Judy Says:


  171. Snooze Says:

    “Follow the Leader”

  172. V. Says:

    The Pecking Order

    Homeward Bound

    Eli Says: Follow the Leader!

  173. Linda Says:

    Do you smell what I smell???

  174. Meggie Says:

    Pack Mentality

  175. Heather L Says:

    3 Pal’s Posse…………….

  176. Heather L Says:

    “Hangin with our Homey”…….

  177. Margini Says:

    Walking on the moon

    as in The Police…

    “Giant steps are what you take
    Walking on the moon
    I hope my legs don’t break
    Walking on the moon
    We could walk for ever
    Walking on the moon
    We could live together
    Walking on, walking on the moon”

  178. Maegan Says:

    Wyoming Fe-Line Dance

    Wild West Side Story

  179. karen Says:

    The originial ‘ Mod Squad’

  180. Julie Says:

    Just Over Yonder…

  181. Jo Says:

    trailin’… trailin’… trailin’……………..

  182. Chris Says:

    “Heigh ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go…”

  183. Pam Strayer Says:

    Finders Keepers!

  184. linda Says:

    Three for the Road

    Three Ring Circus

    Three Fugitives

    When shall we three meet again, in thunder lightning or in rain?

    Three Comrades

  185. D'Ann Says:

    On the rode again…

  186. Arcene Says:

    Leading the Followers

  187. D'Ann Says:

    oopps, that should have been On the road again… LOL

  188. Dianne Says:

    The Incredible Journey

    (story based on 3 animals traveling home; Walt Disney movie)

  189. Leah Says:

    Charlie’s Angels (with Eli in charge of course! ;)

  190. Dianne Says:


    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to Shreve We Go!

  191. Martha Parks Johnson Says:


  192. GailT Says:

    The Three Mutts-catteers!

  193. Martha Parks Johnson Says:

    or Eli-ne


  194. Rachel Says:

    Incredible Journey, The Next Generation

  195. Bethrusso Says:

    The setting son.

  196. Rachel Says:

    Duh duh, duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh dah duuuuuuuuuuuuuh duh

    Hmm… the pink panther music is not easy to write out. Ah, well. You get the picture.

  197. Liza Lundell Says:

    Feline with entourage

  198. Dani Says:

    Leader of the pack..Eli the Cat!!

  199. Bethrusso Says:

    Three’s company.

  200. Bethrusso Says:

    Three sweets to the wind.

  201. Sophie Says:

    “The Three Little Pigs, Off to Seek Their Fortune”

    “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef…”

  202. tiger Says:

    prowl, howl and yowl

  203. Shannon H. Says:

    Hook, Eli-ne and Stinker

  204. Betsy Says:

    Eli: “Shreve said she lost her contact lens right about here. Careful now! Step where I step!”

    “Walk this way…”

  205. Tessa Says:

    Are we there yet?

  206. JML Says:

    Motley Crew

  207. Mary Says:

    Shreve, No caption. Just have to say that this is the first time I’ve every seen pig Latin actually written out. Very interesting. Mary

  208. karen Says:

    The Three Amigos
    The Fantastic Three

  209. Tina Says:

    Your left, your left, your left right left

  210. Alice Says:

    Well, Convoy, Walk the Line and Homeward Bound were all taken, so I’m left with “The Trusty Trio”

  211. carmel Says:

    One of the farmily

  212. Melody Says:

    The Three Amigos
    Then There Were Three

  213. Matt Says:

    Wyoming Trail

  214. Gary R. Says:

    On the prowl again…..Can’t wait to get on the prowl again…..


    Sundance!!! Who are those guys!!!

  215. Barbie Says:

    “Cat” Tracker

  216. Katie Says:

    Jump on the Eli-wagon!

    Following the Leader

    Barrel of monkeys?

    Links of love

    Tip to tail on the trail

  217. Katie Says:

    Not all those who wander are lost

  218. carmel Says:

    three dimensional

    three – ring – circus

    three some

  219. carmel Says:

    canine nanny

  220. carmel Says:

    Three old guys

  221. nina Says:

    Hi, I wanted to ask you if you have an account on an art site called DeviantArt, where you post your photos, because someone has told me that it is not your own, in which case I thought you should know.
    This is the link to the account:

  222. carmel Says:

    A lession from Eli

  223. carmel Says:

    The miracle of love

  224. Wife of a Sailor Says:

    Where Gato Go… (ya know, cat in Spanish)

    We Gato Go!

    Ring Around the Noses

  225. Diana Says:

    Mischief, Mayhem and Trouble
    We Three Kings (Well, 2 Kings and a Queen Anyway)
    A Walkin’ We Will Go
    A Stalkin’ We Will Go
    Off Into the Red Dusty Yonder
    Walk Like a Kittycat
    Make it So!

  226. Heather L Says:

    Team Eli………..

  227. Constance Says:

    Pride of the Pack

  228. Heather L Says:

    United Front……

    All For One & One For All

    United We Stand

  229. *gina Says:

    no comment.. too late… submitted already…

    but wanted to say the picture is fabulous.

  230. Diane Says:

    Trekkin’ Trio

  231. Karen Says:

    Feline Fan Club

  232. Angela Says:


  233. Meg Says:

    Pack Leader

    Eli and his Ducklings

    Three’s Company

    Following in Eli’s Pawsteps

  234. Trinav Says:

    the king and his court

  235. shreve Says:

    Nina ~ thanks so much for the heads up! That is NOT my account – it’s someone stealing my work and posting it as their own!

  236. Trisha Says:

    Westward, Ho!

    Hut, 2, 3, 4!

  237. carmel Says:

    A lesson from Eli

    (type error earlier)

  238. carmel Says:

    Two’s company, Threes a crowd

  239. carmel Says:

    one, two, three

  240. Lesley Says:

    We’ve got your back…pack!

  241. carmel Says:

    To search, or not to search, that is the question…

  242. carmel Says:

    It’s here or there

  243. carmel Says:

    gotta’ find it

  244. carmel Says:

    I know it’s here, somewhere

  245. carmel Says:

    Eli’s down !

  246. carmel Says:

    To the rescue

  247. E.J. Says:

    Eli Takes Time to Stop and Smell the Sagebush

  248. Arthurus Says:

    …Hup two three four
    Dress it up two three four
    Hup two three four
    Dress it up two three four

    By the ranks or single file
    Over every Wyoming mile
    Oh we stamp and crush
    Through the underbrush
    In a military style!
    In a military style!

    Hup two three four
    Keep it up two three four

  249. mlaiuppa Says:

    Tic tac toe.

  250. mlaiuppa Says:

    Taking the road less traveled.

  251. Marlene M Says:

    Shreve: I’m going to town, Eli’s in charge!

  252. mlaiuppa Says:

    And then Elijah said to Chloe, “How long have you been between two opinions?” 1 Koyote 18:21

  253. mlaiuppa Says:

    Happy wanderers.

  254. Isobel Says:


  255. Crystal Says:

    “Shhh – we’re hunting wabbits!”

  256. Melissa Says:

    Noses Knows

    Who knows where they goes, the noses knows

  257. Paige Says:

    In Egypt, cats were worshipped. These canines obviously remember this.

  258. Judy Says:

    Expedition Leader Eli

  259. James Says:

    Somos Tres

  260. Theresa Szpila Says:

    The Queen and her book-end Bros as honor-guard.

  261. Theresa Szpila Says:

    Adventure calls and Eli leads his troop forward while Charlie rear-guards Chloe (you never know when the giant octopus will attack from behind).

  262. Eija Says:

    Pals Pile Up….

    Unimaginable Set of Pals

    Over the hills, down the valleys…

  263. Nancy J Says:

    “The Musicians of Bremen, minus one”

  264. Anonymous Says:

    Trio of Trouble

  265. Andrea Says:

    Trio of Trouble

    sorry for double post, forgot to fill in the details. :P

  266. shanin Says:


  267. Pat D. Says:

    The Cat Who Would be King

    “Oh, give me a home,
    Where the coyotes roam,
    Where the hound and the kittycat play,
    Where the red Wyoming dust
    dries out all day.
    and seldom is heard a discouraging word!”

  268. Susan M Says:

    The Good, The Bad & The Coyote….


    really…I know there is a mouse over here….

  269. Liana Says:

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road

    Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho!

    The Three Musketeers

  270. Flame Says:

    PintA, not PintO

  271. shreve Says:

    Flame ~ It’s a play on words. Pinto is the name for the horse that has the same type of coloring as Chloe.

  272. taffy Says:

    …then Shreve must be D’Artagnan!

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