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April 28, 2006

April 28, 2006

An impressive light show over the Sierras early Tuesday morning provided scattered thundershowers. In a two-mile stretch along Dry Creek, precipitation ranged from .08” to a quarter inch – we received .20” to bring our total for the season to 21.96 inches.

Feed in the shallow soil on the steep south slopes is beginning to turn, most all else is holding well with wild oats and fiddleneck along the road above the top wire. The weather is warming and forecasts call for 90 degrees by tomorrow. We are busy trying to finish several welding projects before the grass turns and before we begin gathering to ship in two weeks. Our Nevada pasture cattle that arrived in November have slicked-off and appear to have gained about 300 lbs., but truthfully, we’re just now able to get around as there are boggy spots everywhere.

With nothing scheduled and a little luck, Robbin and I might be able to get out and get some pictures of "late spring" off the road, see some cattle and check-out the damage to our roads. We’ve already earmarked at least a month’s worth of work for the dozer to get them back in shape. It’s been a remarkable season. Since the last half of February, I doubt we’ve had over four days in a row without rain. During that same period, the Sierras have accumulated a lot of snow that hasn’t had a chance to freeze hard, adding to flooding potential in the near term as weather warms.

April 24, 2006

April 24, 2006

Apparently, we're not done yet - .19" more here on Dry Creek, Sunday. With showers predicted on and off throughout the week, we may make 22" for the season.

Dry Creek:       21.76"

April 21, 2006

April 21, 2006

It's been over a month since we've been to the Paregien Ranch. Roads are barely passable, high flats a mire, stockwater ponds full and every canyon running. Emptied 9.09" from the gauge. Additionally, as we approach the end of our rainy season, we accumulated another .39" here on Dry Creek last weekend. Chance of "nuisance rains" predicted over the weekend.

Feed is holding well and still growing, cattle look super. Days warming into the 80s.

Dry Creek:             21.57"
Greasy Creek:         22.68" plus
Paregien Ranch:    23.00"

April 15, 2006

April 15, 2006

Another .80" yesterday and last night brings our total on Dry Creek to 21.18" for the season - more forecast.

Great Blue Heron




April 15, 2006

April 13, 2006

April 13, 2006

Trying to be spring, days alternating between cloudy showers and 80 degrees.

Dry Creek:        20.38"
Greasy Creek:   22.68"

April 9, 2006


Soft blanket of violet, vermillion trim
mending ragged rips of blue as dawn’s
white fire smolders along the ridge again,

splotches of poppies wait to wrap
green slopes with gold above the flats
of forget-me-nots like skiffs of snow

in the still and silent chill before
the birds begin to stir beneath the eaves
of another April Sabbath buzzing

with the deafening hum of making love
and feeding babies. The low and quiet
glide of a pair of ravens in the half-light

remind of itinerant reverends counting
heads before their sermon starts in earnest –
before the wild hymns whine with spring.

April 6, 2006

April 6, 2006 - 20.18"

Good to see a some BLUE sky today. .35" more last night brings us upto to 20.18". Showers predicted over the weekend with an inch for Tuesday. Long range forecast is for rain on and off until the end of the month.

April 5, 2006

Chocolate Latte

Dry Creek
April 5, 2006

Awoke to rain and 1.38" in the gauge. Season = 19.83"

April 4, 2006

April 4, 2006

March 20, 2006

With more rain, we are indeed sequestered to the house. An additional 1.78” in the gauge at daylight, brings our season total to 18.45”. Thundershowers promised for this afternoon, rain tonight and showers tomorrow, I suspect we’re pushing 20” at the higher elevations and Lord knows when we’ll be able to get to the corrals either side of the canyon. Too muddy to even work in the garden! There is a little loose talk of two more weeks of this kind of weather – but we’ve seen some amazing sunrises.

April 2, 2006


Lord knows where I come from
to draw back into this canyon
carved by time’s dull knife,

my distance fenced with barbed
epithets, taunting a few town dogs
to howl in the moonlight.

At daybreak, a blacked-caped Junko
poses on the crimson-clustered twig
of the Red Bud beyond my window

and I think of Michael McClure
adjusting his reflection between
classes of poetry – while the busy,

female finches claim timber-space
in my eaves – little things that fit
and flutter with wild sweet grace.

April 1, 2006

April Fools – 16.67”

Never one to complain about the rain, another .56” stands in this morning’s rain gauge, sun trying to break through the low, light clouds on the ridge. Another storm predicted for Sunday and Monday.

We are indeed limited to the asphalt, hillsides leaking streams, ground too boggy to ride – not a time to let cabin fever lead you off to work for hours knee-deep in clay on the end of a shovel or dragging cable. However, any minute I expect the weekend caravan of 4-wheel drives to roar up the road to play in the mud and snow. A couple of truck lengths apart, 15-20 at a time, they will race up the hill like young colts and limp back singly, come evening, with one or two on trailers.

With several projects running concurrently here at the house, we’re busy working ‘round the rain.

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