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Archive for March, 2010

In times of big water, the wild gets the upper hand and I feel a deep satisfaction inside.  We cannot drive our cars, cannot cross the creeks; the roads have washed away.  This year is the year of big water.  The rain and snow melt from Apache Creek and the runoff from Juniper Mesa and Walnut Creek converges behind our barn.

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On sunny winter mornings I come outside with my tea to let the chickens out.  I sit in a chair on the south side of the hen house to sun, if even for only a few minutes.  I sip the tea and watch the hens peck and scratch around.  The dogs wander over to lay at my feet.  I gaze around, across the meadow to the edge of the forest that borders the creek.  Years ago, when the dogs were younger, less experienced, or off on a dog adventure, I watched a coyote walk into the field and select a fat hen for breakfast.

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