Last week I noticed a wounded hawk hobbling around the back sheep pasture. The bird couldn’t fly and would have become a coyote snack over the weekend. I set out some food, water and an elevated platform which he might reach if attacked. Fortunately, some good news..! A few days later, the injured hawk was attempting short flights around the pasture — dining on grasshoppers and small frogs. An update: the hawk is back to normal — flying around all the pastures…..a very lucky break.
It’s a morning ritual here on the ranch – pulling weeds while the sheep are grazing. Begrudgingly, I must have pulled a few thousand evasive species roots since June. First there was scotch broom, then bull thistle, not to mention tansy. Toward the end of summer, its time for the red doc removal, especially near the wetlands. The county ag department keeps harping on healthy fields — hopefully, this coming year I will have nothing to worry about.
The weather-folks report that the rains are coming next week. This is the driest summer in many years. We are on HIGH fire watch, and as one can see the grasses are very dry. It’s been impossible to keep the brush, pasture and weeds down with strict regulations on power equipment.
After post-editing over 500 nuptial images tonight there were a couple that I wanted to publish. Jake & Destiny’s shoot was probably my very last wedding – too many things happening here, plus there’s just never any time. Most of my photography will have to be here on the ranch. I look forward to photographing the otter family at the lake, plus the fish-snatching eagles – and there’s always a sheep or two around to make the perfect image. For all the brides and grooms that requested my services, what an honor and so much fun..!! I still scan many of those 1275+ weddings when I get the chance. It was my life and profession for so many years.
It’s been a year since taking wedding photos, but Jake & Destiny’s wedding day was pure fun and the prizewinners stacked easily on the media cards. Surrounded by great friends and family their wedding book was so easy to create. Warm wishes to Coquille’s most recent couple — many years of love and friendship.
Finally, the bogs are back….not with cranberries, but with sheep pasture. I just gained 8 acres of super pasture, which should hold through the end of the summer. This has been a super get-it-done few months. I can finally see some REAL progress on the ranch and can’t wait for the “birdsfoot” crop to produce in the fall.