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.
Our son, Sam Gaddis, was at the ranch recently working on his paragliding skills. The wind wasn’t just right so he practiced controlling the wing from the ground.
He’s a bad ass.
We’ve been blessed with a very wet spring. The El Nino weather pattern shift has brought us a wonderful spring. Here are some very happy Texas Longhorn cattle enjoying an overcast, rainy day. If you don’t know the history of these magnificent animals, follow this link to the Texas State Historical Association. It’s a fascinating story our family has been a part of since the 1800s.
There were 16 hawks in the field the other day when we were cutting hay. Two of them had a fight over a little jack rabbit. The jack rabbit lost! I think this is an intermediate juvenile (first year) Red-Tailed Hawk, but I’m not sure. They don’t develop the red tail until they are adult. If you can help identify it I would be most grateful.
Gay and Rebecca touring the ranch in our new/old hunting jeep. Note the photographer’s glass of Jack Daniels on the running board. This is a pasture that we cleared of cedar two years ago. You can see how the native grass has been restored.
This is one of those projects that turn out better than you ever anticipated. This is a 1991 Jeep Wrangler that we have had on the ranch for years. It was this ugly blue color. We were not using it that much so we decided to make a hunting vehicle out of it.
After the back seat was added, we had a local boat upholsterer do the top and seats. That looked so good that we did a Mossey Oak camo wrap.
Turned out well!
Here’s the before shot.
Gay is back painting again after many years. She only paints at the ranch, outdoors and only what she actually sees. So far we have sunsets, meteor showers, landscapes, blue whistler northers and a goat. She is up to something!