February 23, 2012
Today was a day that epitomized Spring in Colorado. It started out unseasonably warm– mid-30’s by about 7:30. Slowly the wind picked up and as it steadily increased, the skies darkened and temperatures cooled. The stage was being set for a good, winter storm. Sure enough, ten minutes later a sand cloud engulfed the mountains and soon the skies right in front of us. Before we knew it, the sand changed to snow and we were in a blizzard. The …
February 16, 2012
This morning as I was laying in bed, I heard cranes flying through the sky above the house. Their call is unmistakable– an almost prehistoric bantering. They fly over the ranch and stop to roost and feed at Dollar and Cotton Lakes, both just West of our house. I’ve heard that they’re migrating early this year…I guess it’s true!
January 27, 2012
Some of you who read David’s recent blog might be wondering: “isn’t January late for weaning calves?” The answer is yes, and although it was not an accident, it did get started that way. Two years ago in February we rode out to bring in 50 pairs or so that we did not get gathered the prior November and therefore had not had their calves weaned yet. These cows with calves at side had lived the winter in a large pasture with a lot …
September 27, 2011
The baby swallows around the lodge have been seen running around the sidewalks lately learning how to fly. One made it up to a window ledge and I’m not sure if they’ve mastered their skills enough to make it back up to their nest. The babies we’ve seen run around quickly as they flap their wings and have brief moments of lift off. Hopefully we’ll get to see it when it clicks and they take off. The baby birds are …
June 13, 2011
A few weeks ago I saw a small little figure moving out of the corner of my eye and turned to see a lone bison calf walking across the ranch. He sat down nearby and lay in the grass resting for a while and it was so weird to see something so tiny and helpless walking around the middle of the ranch by itself.
I thought for sure it was an orphan calf and would be a gonner in a matter of minutes, …
June 6, 2011
On Saturday several of us went to Saguache to help our friends George and Julie with their branding. It is dry there as well but the cows looked good and healthy. It was neat country with a lot of big hills like the one you see behind Jeff in the picture.
Our guests Jess and Carrie from New York camped out the night before with several of the crew and were close by in the morning to help bring the herd …
May 13, 2011
Each year, Spring doesn’t really sink in until we see our first group of bison mamas with calves trailing behind them. Their color is recognizable– red beyond all of the other bison, and their bodies almost extraterrestrial in shape.
I saw my first one about a month ago when out riding with the Ciavola and Reed Families near Sand Creek. I think I wrote about it, but Kendra, Jordan, Max and I came upon a bison who had just given birth. …
May 11, 2011
For me, May is the month when you finally get a reprieve from the cold, windy spring weather and start to have some nice days somewhat consistently. It marks the time of calving for our bison herd too. In mid April we’ll see our first bison calves of the year and a couple more as we approach May. Just like clockwork, the calves start to appear by the dozens when May finally rolls around. A bison calf is an interesting looking creature. They are red …
April 18, 2011
New green grass and foliage is beginning to emerge around the ranch and lodge!
The weather was amazing over the weekend with temperatures in the 60’s and bright sunny days. Tess and I went fishing on the Rio Grande in South Fork and it was great to shed some layers in the warm air.
Last night’s full moon was one of the brightest I’ve ever seen due to clear skies and with so much light we had a song bird who sang …
January 18, 2011
Cotton Lake is a pretty little lake just to the West of the old headquarters on the Medano. The Sandhill Cranes gather here each year and you can hear them squawking and calling as they make their way in to the lake and as they all sit around in the water. It is amazing how much the sound carries and how clearly you can hear them, as if they were standing right next to you. So a few weeks out …