March 20, 2012

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David lived on the Medano Ranch for several years and is now raising his two sons on Chico Basin Ranch with his wife Tess.

The deer skull nest is one of the many surprises I come across on the ranch. It’s been there for a long time and the crew and guests see it everyday as it is located right next door to our saddlehouse. The same birds probably return each year and build it back up. The placement is perfect and gives the deer character and a little bit of a hair style.

Another little surprise – After being away for a month and arriving home I found two headless garter snakes back by my office and one half eaten in our front yard. One was miraculously draped over the top of a gate post and I knew immediately that it was a little surprise from the owl that has been hunting around the house. He’s more than welcome to stay and keep on the hunt as we don’t really care for the garter snakes that out of the whole 103,000 acre ranch, like to spend winter under our home. As I write this the owl is sitting outside of my office, quietly and patiently, only blinking, waiting for his next meal. He is a quiet, stealth machine.