Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘On The Road’ Category

An intriguing thought – a steak from cattle who have been fed on oranges, grapefruit, watermelons, corn meal and minerals! The Tractor Club at VP in Texas has arranged for us to tour a 700 acre ranch where Giovanna Benitez will show us how she uses the abundant fruit in the area to feed her cattle and fatten them up for market. She shows us the hay, ground up fruit, and supplements which are put in giant white tubes to be turned into acceptable feed. A long process involving her 5 workmen and big equipment, her explanations, as she leads a drive around the ranch, are excellent and the members of the club are impressed with this 22 year-old woman (the youngest rancher in the area) who is innovating this feed and hopefully will succeed in making her ranch profitable. She explains that if you buy cattle at $1.65 a lb. (as she did) and sell it at $1.37 a lb. ( the current price) you can innovate away and go broke. All my tour mates and I are crossing our fingers that the price will rise and Giovanna will sell at $2.00 a lb. Good Luck, Giovanna!!

Read Full Post »

We begin the New Year, 2016, with a trip to the overgrown, mysterious, Frontera Thicket. It is quiet as we wend our way down the path to sit at a bird feeding station. Soon several people rush by us and we shout, “What are you looking for? What have you seen?” One person turns, cup her hands around her mouth, and calls back “It’s the female Crimson-collared Grosbeak!”

We leap to our feet and follow them to a fence where a Brazilian Peppertree is loaded with red berries and two dozen pairs of binoculars are trained on the tree. “Oh, the Grosbeak must have flown away,” one person says with disgust. Everyone dribbles down the muddy path looking right and left. I stay, hoping the bird will return to the luscious berries.

And then she does! She teases me by perching in the backside of the tree so I struggle to focus through the tree branches, I get a lucky shot of her with her plain, greenish-yellow body and black head. Five years earlier I succeeded in recording a male Grosbeak with his splendid red (crimson) collar and now I have a matching pair of photos of this rare bird. Rare to the United States that is … it is more common in eastern Mexico.

A disconsolate group comes back up the path and are overjoyed to hear I saw the prize at her favored spot. They settle down for another try.

Home we go with happy hearts as the light rain stops and the sun breaks through the drifting clouds. A wonderful start to a New Year.

Read Full Post »

 

Storage Jars, 1450 A.D.

Storage Jars, 1450 A.D.

A treasure trove! Passing thru Arizona/New Mexico there is a place where the art of past ages can be seen … and admired. Over 500 years ago a person sat down … and then created!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inherited Shape?

Inherited Shape?

Is this shape an inherited, traditional shape? Someone decided on the patterns of the jars and baskets … generation after generation the pattern evolved … reflecting the countryside in which a life was lived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beans and Squash

Beans and Squash

Sitting on the steps, with a “Free – Take Me” sign, was a basket of squash and beans from the garden of the Amerind Foundation … the magical spot where thousands of artifacts have been collected and displayed for your pleasure.

 

 

 

 

 

Wander down Dragoon road to the grounds, complete with horses, and a pink complex of buildings situated in huge rocks and trees rises up …

Pueblo Artist Family

Pueblo Artist Family

Here are the Artists! A family … a mother, two brothers, and the pots they made in the early part of the 20th century.The Amerind Foundation was formed in 1937 by Williams S Fulton who began his trips to collect in the Southwest in 1906 and continued until 1964. I am thankful for his vision …

 

 

 

 

 

Dragoons

Dragoons

I am amazed! When I drove thru here in December the landscape was parched … brown … sere. Now, in the 105 degree heat of August it is GREEN … due to the summer rain storms … the flash flood time when towering clouds mutter with thunder and then drop a downpour.

 

 

 

 

 

"Summer" Arizona Poppies

“Summer” Arizona Poppies

These poppies are even called “summer poppies”, or Arizona poppies. They are different from California poppies …flatter and taller … and they are scattered everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Green Mantle

A Green Mantle

Saguaros, cacti, palo verde trees
… a green mantle.

Read Full Post »

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace

Time to load up The Winter Palace, our 24 foot trailer, and head off from Tahoe to the next adventure, in Texas.

Watch this space for all the upcoming adventures of Mary and D.L. – on the road again!

 

 

 

 

Read Full Post »