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The 2001 Spring at our place.

We have the one of the most beautiful springs we have ever had, probably the best. It has to be the best because it follows the worst, driest and hottest drought in local history. It redefined the term "scorcher"

As you can see below, wildflowers are everywhere and are continually changing the countryside; first pink then blue everywhere, then then yellow, now red. The prairie and our pastures seem like scenes from some idyllic travelogue, rather than the brown hills of home that we have seen the past few years.

It is a gift from God that we have a little more time to enjoy them, since we have no crop of our own to tend to this year. Losing our last two crops to the weather is a small price to pay for this kind of beauty. To walk among such resplendent and regal beauty is to lose all other reality in a sea of color and aroma that lifts your mind off its feet and lets it fly among the birds and insects, flitting from flower to cloud and back again, reveling in the sweet air and the symphony of their songs as they celebrate life by giving life.

It is hard to believe that only a few months ago, all here was dead, barren, dusty and 116 degrees. It was an eerie silence last summer without the birds or bugs and the wind whistled through bare trees and brown grass as if it were winter. It was the rent we had to pay for the prior years of green goodness. Mother Earth is a strange landlady and her price is high if you live in her boarding house and you have to take what she gives you, but the best she has to offer is worth whatever price you have to pay. Out here you learn to appreciate the cycles of nature and come to accept the difficult along with the easy. After all, this is the West, things are supposed to be tough out here every once in a while. The years of the bumper crops and the beauty more than make up for the years of drought and doubt. Some things are worth living for. Some things are worth dying for.

The beauty of our spring this year is so overwhelming I feel a need to try to capture some images of it to share with others. Not everyone can come out and see for themselves and we'd soon tire of so much company anyway, so I thought I would share our spring with you in pictures that are woefully inadequate to convey what we see, smell and hear or what we feel. When we walk out across the prairie, (Papa calls it pasture - I see pastures as greener and having fewer thorny things than grass), we try to stay on the cow trails because we feel guilty about trampling these beautiful things. After last year our appreciation for all life has increased a lot. Out here you can see the connectedness of all things so much better than you can in town where the concrete and steel obstruct one's vision as well as their view.

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Our secret meadow on an big long wide island in the creek.  It's one of Merridee and my favorite places.  It's our secret refuge from the real world outside. Pic of a pasture, purple with bluebonnets, down by the creek.

On the left - A beautiful secret meadow that is one of our favorite places.
On the right - There's a lot of trees down around the creek area and it is real pretty in places.
Chiledog from the Chesapeake would probably enjoy our creek bottom areas.

Scenic pond created by a stone barrier that relieves flooding by retaining and slowly releasing runoff water. Another lovely wooded area purple with wildflowers down by the creek.

Left - A beautiful tributary to our main creek. I think Janet in Pagosa would like this place. I sometimes play my Choctaw flute here.
Right - Down by the creek things look a lot different than they do out on the prairie. Odena would enjoy the quiet peaceful walks here.

Picture of a great place to walk down by the creek. Closeup Pic of yellow evening primrose

The picture on the left is one of our walking trails down by the creek in its blue glory. If Chester ever got in the mood for some tranquility, he would find it here.
The picture on the right shows a closeup of some evening primroses.

Pic of Beauty and the beast - phlox flowers and cactus. Pic of nice bed of phlox.

On the left, beauty and the beast - Phlox and prickly pear. The flowers may come and go but the thorny things are here forever.
In the right picture, Phlox sometimes coats the pastures in the early spring, just before the bluebonnets burst on the scene.

Picture of some Indian Paintbrushes. Pic of cactus flowers.

On the left is a cluster of Indian Paintbrushes - they bloom right after the bluebonnets.
The picture on the right is a cactus in full bloom. This kind blooms 2-3 weeks before the prickly pear.

Photos from the 2001 Springtime at our our place.
We will try to post some interesting photos from time to time so check back occasionally.

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Picture of the Garlicmeister playing his Indian flute.

Bob Anderson
Garlicmeister, a self-inflicted title for amusement only.
Photo courtesy of Bill Yeates.

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