Thursday, October 28, 2010
Every year, we harvest English walnuts from the two grand trees behind the barn. I give many of the walnuts away under the label of Happy Snake Ranch Walnuts. Last year, we made a party out of it with guests, sunsetting, an appearance by the Deer Whisperer, and I boldly claimed that these are Estate Walnuts.
With the arrival of the 2010 storms, the walnuts are dropping and it is time to decide on the snake to be featured on this year's label.
The 2010 candidates are:
Monday, October 25, 2010
|Impalement - another hazard of thistles.|
I found this honey bee speared on a yellow starthistle spine while weeding in August 2009.
It was a long and unusually cool summer and those thistles just kept blooming. Long after the cattle left the Dipper Ranch and travelled on to the brussel sprout fields, the stockyard, or wherever their bovine destiny took them, the yellow starthistle plants kept putting out more dang-blasted, spiny blooms.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
|California nightsnake. Ranger E has a calm way with snakes. She's observed that individual snakes often have uniquely shaped spots. With careful photodocumentation of their spots, I may be able to tell the difference between future nightsnakes.|