January 23, 2014

The wildlfower seedlings on range are making it, despite no rain for more than a month! From high on our horses the billions of plantlets look so tiny, so fragile, but a green haze steals across the mesa tops and bajadas. That great hope of most every Southwestern stockman of these tierras calientes, that gives extra strength to the graze of Winter and Spring–the Filaree (a naturalized species of Stork’s Bill “geranium”)–is promising to save us from bringing the herd down sooner than we’d like. The broad flats of it could all disappear tomorrow, though, in just the way they have time and time again during other Springs when the Pacific fronts and their equipatas rains were their fickle selves and uncaring of the wants of us no account humans.