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Building Fossil Ridge

Two_slabs

These are the slabs for the headquarters building and ,in the distance, the art gallery and conference center.

drill

Getting ready to drill piers for the foundation of Gay’s art studio.

Hanging steel

Steel going into the holes each 13 feet deep.

Poring Concrete

The foundations steel is welded to the steel in the piers, forms are built and concrete poured.

Foundation

A foundation that is not going anywhere.

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This shows the studio which will sit on top of the piers.

Rain Means Fire

Almost everything that goes on at the ranch is dictated by weather.  When we clear cedar we end up with huge piles of wood.  We can only burn when the soil and grasses are wet and there is no wind.  Sometimes that means waiting over a year to burn.  Thankfully, today is perfect.

Finding Trees

The Double Heart Ranch has a lot of cedar trees that drain the soil of moisture and kill off most of the native grass, so we have a continuing program to bulldoze the cedar trees where we have adequate topsoil to grow grass.  What’s fun about the process is that we are continuing to find wonderful oak trees we didn’t even know where there.  The cedar is so thick that you literally can’t crawl through it.  The shot above is a before.  The shot below is after we cleared.

The grass comes back quickly.