February 20, 2015
We’ve had an incredibly mild winter so far in the valley and the snow has come and gone a few times. This weekend we are due to have a huge snow storm so we are keeping our fingers crossed that our last weekend before seasonal staff and guests arrive is filled with sledding on the dunes ( highly recommended) and watching the flakes fall.
October 2, 2014
Yesterday, after the clouds cleared from the storm, Pikes Peak’s shoulders were covered with the first snow of the season. Mornings are now crisp, the middle of the days warm, the range gold, yellow and tan and full of grass from the wonderful rains this summer. Fall is in here in full force. The snow tells us what we already know: winter is on its way. We are all looking forward to the new season …
September 30, 2014
First the moisture brought more greenery than we’ve seen in a long time. Now the green is turning to browns and yellows.
Fall is here in full force and color.
August 18, 2014
When the kids are out riding you never know what they will find. This little fellow came home in Cole’s pocket the other day. He seemed quite content with human companionship.
August 1, 2014
Over the past two weeks our fortunes have taken a turn for the better. We are green and then some and seeing sights that we have not seen for a long time.
July 14, 2014
Saturday afternoon large clouds gathered angrily overhead, as if they were going to wash us away, yet again they slipped around our north boundary, as if fleeing, to the east. Like they have been doing for the last three years. As I tried to fall asleep that night, I wondering (hoping) what rains might come in the night. Jumping out of bed in the dark the next morning, I made coffee and headed outside. To my surprise and great joy, …
May 30, 2014
It’s iris season at Zapata! Each spring I look forward to the first bloom which always comes sooner than anticipated (mid-end May). All of the meadows on the northern side of the ranch turn purple with flowers that only last a couple of weeks. The iris is commonly called the “Western Blue Flag” or “Rocky Mountain Iris” and is native to CO. It tastes bitter to livestock, so the bison leave it untouched for us to enjoy.
May 15, 2014
I’ve spent the last couple of days at the Chico in meetings. Yesterday during a break we took a walk out into the pasture and came upon a small group of Prairie Primrose. It’s one of my favorite flowers as it’s such a contrast to the just greening grass and gray soil. The grove we came upon was premature, just a couple of flowers.
This picture taken by Steve Weaver (stephen-weaver.com), shows how the flower can truly blanket the land when …
May 13, 2014
It sounds like a typical western story but after a long hard winter we are in to the growing season and the horses couldn’t be more relieved. We have split the herd in two so that we can keep the horses we’re using right now closer to home and let the other half have downtime for another week or so further out. Each year we look to see which horses had a hard time keeping condition through the winter, if …
April 11, 2014
Last Thursday we had a skiff of wet snow blow through. It might look a little tough for the little one in the photo seeking shelter under his mom, but truth is, it is just what he needs. Even that little bit of moisture has the prairie turning the palest shade of green. If we could just get some follow through it might turn into something. It is almost too much to hope for, green grass waving in the breeze …