Monday, October 10, 2011

the long hike





































Not in the mood for construction today so I took a hike instead.  First stop - the swamp...two ducks been spending time there since the dam blowout.  Long trek across the canyon and up and around the big hill east of me.  There is a forest of Ocotillo up there - some doing a late bloom.  Quite a few strange new flowers blooming as well.  Pretty pooped after the long walk when I spotted that Benita finally laid down after a long day of grazing real grass.  Felt her pain so I did a late afternoon water delivery to her so she wouldn't have to walk back to the house.  71,83,55,0,B

21 comments:

Debbie said...

How old is Benita? She looks really tired. To drink laying down

Bruce S said...

You are a good man, John.

John Wells said...

I love my cow....she's 23.

remmij said...

St. Francis of Assis, meet St. John of Terlingua...
restored my faith in mankind for another day...
and longhorns - Benita Beatification.

Judith said...

What kind of ducks?

El Viejo said...

a forest of Ocotillo in bloom is a pretty thang........


.....and I didn't think you could spoil Benita any more than you already have

Debbie said...

Well Benita sure is loved. I've noticed all the cows are trying to get as much of the green stuff as they can and as fast as they can as it has been a long dry spell. With care like this, Benita will live a few more.

Daniel said...

John, is that your greenhouse that we can see in the panorama shot?

AnnieWorks said...

Thanks for sharing the photos! The landscape, etc. are otherworldly compared to my neighborhood in DC.

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Zole said...

Is the spot Benita is taking a drink on your property?

Dani said...

Now that's what I would call room service :)

Denese said...

Gorgeous! I'm jealous, our ocotillo are still struggling to green up. No blooms in sight, yet.

Michael Peck said...

NIce Pano John. Stitched from shots from your G9?
I have one of those too.

2 Dogs said...

Have you wormed that cow JW?

alam0tx said...

Well John...You are a good man to take care of all the animals and plants in your area...I think all can see how much you think of Benita...Bless you both, my friend..

Off Grid R and D said...

It is amazing to me that even after a hot long drought year the desert comes back to life beautifully. Nice pictures.

MsBelinda said...

Benita is one spoiled longhorn :)

Allen Hare said...

Yep, the desert seems to have greened up pretty well in the Benita shot.

That's a lot of Flower Power up there.

Fantastic shot from the hill top. That would've been one of the first things I would have done. That shot really shows the vast beauty of your location, and how isolated you are there in your wide valley.

We're looking forward to seeing you soon.

Good luck with everything.

elliott said...

Thats a beautiful picture; Im moved by your kindness. Your decency stirs me from afar. Your blog is great.

Elliott in Rome

WhyR said...

Nice composition in that shot of Benita taking a drink- "every picture tells a story".