August 21, 2017
The soil tells a story, and if you read it carefully, your signature on the land becomes clear.
April 13, 2017
This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.
May 19, 2015
Spring is a time of year that we all look forward to: green grass, new life. This year we’ve had more rain that we can ever remember having before.
August 11, 2014
This month on the ranches, we welcomed rain on the Chico, had our last branding, worked in the leather room, moved cattle with guests and of course, worked on the dirt bikes and trailers.
October 4, 2013
It was pretty amazing to see this Mesquite Vine Grass up to the horses knees at this Chico Creek Crossing near Headquarters. The highly palatable and nutritious Mesquite Vine Grass was a rarity until a couple years ago, but has been making a tremendous comeback under improved grazing management. This years Chico Creek Floods didn’t hurt anything either. Vanessa’s horse “Cocaine” could not stand the temptation and managed to sneak a bite.
August 22, 2013
There is a monster storm broiling over us and the entire prairie, it seems. Constant flashes of lightening show how low and boiling the clouds are in the dark. Massive hunks of thunder drown out every possible noise, so that even Frankie my dog who is not usually bothered by storms keeps looking toward the window, very worried. But the wind is what screams the loudest and what moves you by just looking at the trees being tossed around like …
August 18, 2013
Thanks to frequent afternoon thunderstorms throughout July, the grass is greener, the cows are plumper, and Medano Creek is flowing again! The creek dried up early this year because of lack of snow melt. However, the summer monsoons have brought the water back down the mountains! Here at the ranch we got just over 3 inches in the month of July. For a valley that gets less than 8 inches of rain annually, that’s fantastic!! Though it may not be …
August 8, 2013
Yesterday it rained over most the ranch, the first big general rain that we’ve had in over 5 years. In our west and south ranges, it was the first rain since three years ago. We spent alot of time on the front porch watching it come in a dark line across the prairie. Then watching it come off the roof in great torrents.
Later during supper on the porch (we couldn’t pull ourselves inside) the frogs came out and burst into …
August 8, 2013
Looking south from my house during the rain.