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Sabbath Branding

 

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Rain has been the recurring forecast with measureable amounts on over half of the last thirty days, pleasant and needed relief from four years of drought. Picking a day to brand is tricky business, usually requiring a day or two before to gather the cows and calves off steep, slick hillsides. Putting a crew of neighbors together to help often conflicts with their own branding schedules. Then the planning of a meal, perishables hanging in limbo to feed friends afterwards, keeps us tuned to the TV and several weather Internet sites for a composite report to insure we won’t be rained out before we go for it. But no one complains. Robbin jokes that when the call goes out, “We’re having a picnic, bring your horse.”

Yesterday’s approaching storm cloaked the canyon in soft ethereal gray, muted morning light where it narrows four miles above us at the Buzzard Roost Fire Control Road, corrals deep within its walls of almost-iridescent green, large ghostlike patches of naked Buckeyes on the north slopes, surrounded by skeletons of leafless Blue Oaks, some dead, some alive.

A perfect day for us to help Steve and Jody Fuller brand, I’m told that everything goes with green and gray.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Alphabet”

 

GIFT, OCTOBER 2011

 

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Bumper crop of acorns,
warm monsoon rains.
The redbud bloomed

confused, drawing butterflies
for weeks—the season’s
last hatch of Monarchs

swarming crimson, orange
and black-trimmed fairies
to the front door.

All a sign of something
unusual, uniquely beautiful—
that superfluous imbalance

charged to an unknown
future—a fleeting gift
to remember the gods

before leaving us
four years dry and begging
for something normal.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Weightless” Monarchs

 

Weather Journal 2011-12

Rainfall History

 

WPC: “Now”

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Now”

 

GATHERING TO BRAND

 

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Neighbors visiting
behind young girls and babies
headed to the gate.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Gathering”

 

NOVEMBER

 

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Cold canyon bottoms
watch early-rising cows graze
the warmth of first light.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge(2): “Transition”

 

MOONSET

 

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Waning morning moon
falls into the leafy arms
of a live Live Oak.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge(1): “Transition”

 

Trio (2)

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge (2): “Trio”

 

Trio(1)

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge (1): “Trio”

 

WAXING

 
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We become the moon
when tides of blood flood the mind
to dance in the rain.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Victory”

 

POLLEN

 

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Busy as a bee
with the basics, it’s normal
to get some on you.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Ornate”