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.
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.
What’s so interesting is that we often see varieties of wildflowers that we have never seen before. Each year is different and these little yellow flowers are something new. The seeds must lie dormant for years and germinate when the weather conditions are right. These are the landscapes that are the inspiration for Gay’s paintings.