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November 23, 2007

November 23, 2007

Morning after Thanksgiving along the foothills, the sun has broken through a high overcast, remnant of last week’s Tule Fog in the Valley when the air was much less dry, illuminating the first orange and yellow leaves still attached to the string of sycamores along the creek. Approaching three miles upstream, Dry Creek has begun to run as the trees have quit taking water. When you forget how badly we need a good soaker, it’s truly beautiful today.

We’re feeding alfalfa daily in small amounts in selected places, and surprisingly the grass started with last month’s spotty thundershowers is still trying to grow on the north slopes. The cattle are getting out, though our first-calf heifers across the canyon seem to be listening closer to the sound of our diesel pickups starting mornings as they unload from the draws with an unrelenting chorus until hay arrives. Some are thin, but the calves are still growing well.

Thus far, I remember many worse years. And like most every year, we face a pivotal point in our grass season where our year’s investment and labor may well be determined early. Setting the stage, of course, for miracle weather patterns or ‘never seen before’ events that constitute our drab numerical averages. Each year the hay bales get heavier, memory blurs – but there’s still a little excitement left in these old bones, waiting and anticipating what’s yet to come.

November 21, 2007

                           HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!


                                                                         from Dry Crik

November 17, 2007



I am pleased to announce the publication of "Poems from Dry Creek" by Starhaven, 54 new and selected pieces encompassing the past fifteen years. We can offer a limited number of copies prior to the official launch of the collection at the Elko Gathering in 2008. US: $15 plus $2 postage & handling. UK residents please download file below for ordering information.

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November 12, 2007

Slow Rain

Received a slow 0.28” on Dry Creek late Sunday – as close to that as described by reader Tom Nichols in his poem, “A slow rain that soaks in\ with no runoff at all –” (see comment for October 13, 2007). Enough, we trust, to germinate the south slopes.

November 6, 2007

November 6, 2007

Yellowstone National Park

Now back on the ranch, Robbin and I left the state for a 2-week road tour of Idaho, Montana and Alberta. Highlights were Banff and the Canadian Rockies, the Mt. Sentinel Ranch south of Longview, Alberta, the Stevenson Basin Ranch in Hobson, MT, Yellowstone and the Salmon River of Idaho. Good to get outside one’s tunnel vision to find pleasant and delightful people in many other parts of the West.

While we were gone, low pressure formed off the coast provided an intense thundershower in the Kaweah River watershed with as much as 2.5 inches in Lemon Cove. However, we only recorded amounts ranging from .22 to .76 of an inch precipitation on the ranch. Mid-70s today.

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