February 26, 2013
It’s been exceptionally beautiful on the Zapata Ranch over the past week. I’m not sure if it’s the late winter snow we got in Colorado over the weekend or the full moon that reached it’s zenith last night. Kate thinks it’s that spring is really trying to come through. One day we wake up and it’s winter: snow capped peaks with wind rushing through the cottonwoods. The next it’s bluebird skies and 70 degrees. Whatever it is, we feel quite …
February 20, 2013
We were due to sort heifers today out in the pasture, but Jeff predicted a snow storm coming through and wisely had us all out on horseback yesterday. A beautiful day warm enough to peel off the outside layer of winter clothing. We trotted out to the Dixie, Elk and Antelope pastures. The riders split up and each gathered a corner or area. The heifers moved really nicely and we didn’t need to push them at all which makes for …
October 29, 2012
The swing from warmish chilly mornings has swung to cooler chilly mornings that are sometimes on the cold side. The tree colors have faded except for a lone tree here and there. The cows are now out in their winter grounds, all pregnant and haired up. The corrals cleaned up after all the processing. Trucks, tractors and pipes under houses and in the livestock watering system are winterized. Fires burn inside some of our homes in the mornings and evenings.
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 …
January 12, 2012
If you’ve spent much time in Colorado, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. Yesterday, David and I started out at the Chico where it was incredibly windy and cold, the sky was full of clouds that promised snow. We set out for Zapata about 9am, and fourth the weather until we summited La Veta Pass, about the 3/4 mark for our trip. At the top of the pass, the clouds almost cleared, the wind stopped, the sun came …
December 20, 2011
It looks like there will be snow on the ground and maybe in the air for the holidays this year. As I write this Tess and I, and her family are stranded in Las Vegas, New Mexico after I-25 was closed due to severe blizzards.
The storm that we are in came in from the west and hit northeast New Mexico and southern Colorado, so both Chico Basin and Zapata got some snow.
On Wednesday there will be another storm coming in …
January 10, 2011
Most of Colorado received snow over the weekend, including the Zapata and our sister ranch, Chico Basin.
Just a few weeks ago we were getting snow flurries at the Zapata but the temperatures were jumping pretty high during the day and all over the ranch you could see little snow puddles just like these – it looked as if the prairie was covered in little miniature ponds.
September 24, 2010
Thursday morning, was as picturesque as they get.
To the West the almost full moon was setting from the night before. The picture was taken around 6:30 in the morning and the moon was lighting up the whole sky. A really pretty sight to see. It lit up the whole mountain range and looked more like a sunset.
Then to the East the Sangres were dusted with the first snow of Fall. We got a lot of rain the night before and …
August 7, 2010
This past week we’ve had several big storms that sweep in in a flash in the afternoons. The rain and lightning has been massive and impressive and left us each time with a huge amount of moisture.
The entire ranch is covered with tall green grass, giant patches of wild flowers and the little streams that are almost dry this time of year are flowing strong. It really is an impressive sight to see during the last month of summer and …