It’s rare to see across the San Joaquin Valley to the California Coast Range anymore, over the small community of Elderwood, from the Paregien Ranch, then look east to the Kaweah Peaks of the Great Western Divide, and Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park — a good air day!
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Grazing the haze between
the Great Divide—
over and over again.
Weekly Photo Challenge (3) “Between”
We haven’t seen the high mountains in over a week of clouds. Our snow level has retreated from 4,500 to 7,500 feet with recent temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s. Roads were dry enough to feed at the Paregien Ranch this morning, offering a temporary glimpse of the Great Western Divide, including the Kaweah Peaks, Sawtooth and Castle Rocks.
At 2,500 feet, as shows in the photo, the green is coming nicely in the granite, but the cows and calves are still interested in hay. A few more warm days and a 50% chance of rain on Thursday may change their minds. We have our eye on a Pineapple Express aiming 100+ miles north of us, hoping the high pressure will weaken to allow more much needed rain. Meanwhile, Dry Creek has come to a near standstill across from the house.
February 12, 2014
First real accumulation of snow in the Kaweah watershed this season. It is light, temperatures here in the 70s, it may not last long unless we get another, colder storm soon. The grass is struggling on the south and west slopes where there is no cover of old feed, but overall doing better in the granite (higher elevations) than in the clay.
Not out of the woods by a long shot, we’re still feeding hay at all locations.
January 17, 2014: ‘No Snow’