Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Ranch Walkabout 2021: Off-Road Edition

 Walking about at the Ranch, I was coming back towards the house when I heard the folks that keep the cattle up the road a bit.  I like to leave people to their own devices when I can; so I decided to leave the trail and head "off-road".

Coming off of the road, I found this stand of madrone trees.  I have never seen so many in one group:



This rock just appeared in the ground with no other rocks around it. So odd.


Deer Droppings pile:


It confirmed that the slight cuts in the tarweed were deer paths:




A nice little stand of spruce trees:




A fairly large madrone tree (they can grow that large):


Looking back toward the house, I came across a fallen tree:


I pulled out one of the branches (the wood was soft).  The process of decomposition hard at work:


I need to go off road more often.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:20 AM

    A walk in the woods helps calm a soul during troubled times. You are lucky to have a place where you can do that. I think maybe that is why so many urban people are so frazzled - they have no down time to contemplate your place in the Universe.

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    1. Anonymous, it does calm the soul (and yes, I am very lucky). This is one of the things that always bothers me about the concept that cities are "the future". Not sure how concrete and streets make one more calm.

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  2. It's comforting when the creation follows the same "rules" that it always has. At least that is still normal...

    Enjoy your contemplations... And you visit to the home place.

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    1. It is STxAR. The world continues to turn as it always has, no matter what we do.

      Thanks. It has been needed after the last two weeks.

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  3. I always enjoy pictorial walks in climates that I am unfamiliar with so I can see new things like madrone trees which I have never heard of until this morning.

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    1. I am glad to show them to you Ed. They have that lovely red bark which will peel over time. The wood is slightly red - I have never seen anyone work in it (a shame, really; I think it could be well developed), but it certainly burns hot.

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  4. Lovely! I'm always an off-the-beaten path sort of person. Keeps things interesting.

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    1. Leigh, it is not as attractive in the summer with the poison oak all about, but I do need to do this more.

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