Saturday, Jul 13, 2013
Category: Live from the Ranch
It seems its all animals from me this week. I have been rebuilding a dirt overflow tank to store excess water from one of our pipelines in case something should happen to the system in the hot summer months to come. A desperate situation can quickly develop with livestock if something should happen to the water source. By repairing this old dirt tank, we should be able to store enough water to meet the needs of the entire herd for a few days, allowing us to identify and fix any potential problems, without the disaster of being without water. While I was moving dirt around I saw a few salamanders squirming through the damp sand, clearly irritated by the loud noise of the bulldozer. Upon each siting I dutifully idled down the tractor, got down and moved the salamanders to safer ground. Hopefully they are aware that I am working to build them a luxurious pond to replace the shallow mud hole that they were residing in before.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=9cd469262c&view=att&th=13fda5a492a3bb90&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P-9B3NXdgWp8fbkesOPCosS&sadet=1373758908077&sads=qLKmWUldIjd_xtKEEudgEAgLoH0
Posted by Duke I. on 07/13/2013

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013
Category: Live from the Ranch
Driving out east a few mornings ago I saw 6 box turtles in the road. It is amazing how they virtually disappear for the majority of the year, then at the first hint of moisture they inundate the two track roads in the sand country on the eastern end of the ranch. It had rained just enough to settle the dust for the first few hours of the day but that was all it took to activate the turtles.
Posted by Duke I. on 07/13/2013

Monday, Jul 08, 2013
Category: Live from the Ranch
 This is a Red Racer on the porch of my parents house that I took just before it sped off into the garden. They are great snakes and I have been seeing quite a few of them around lately. Luckily they are not poisonous but like all snakes they can be startling if you come across them unexpectedly. From my experience they vary in color from being an almost vibrant red, to duller shades of pink like this one. No matter, they are a good snake to have around and we definitely appreciate the work they do on the rodent populations around the houses and barns.
Posted by Duke I. on 07/08/2013

   
Subscribe to Feeds
 
Categories
 
Authors
 
Archives
CONTACT US 719.683.7960 info@chicobasinranch.com