North Erath County, Texas, 32.43 lat., -98.36 long. Elev. 1,086 ft. Turkey Creek Quad.
Runoff from rains and snow of past month from the Blue place to the east of us are indicated in this photograph. (How I wish Ms. Chavez could take a more artistic photograph.) There are three stock tanks that are interlinked in tandem with water surface runoff: Blue place, our pond, Hall pond to the south. From time to time, ditches to divert the water to these three stock tanks have to be reconstructed. The terracing is not difficult, but politics enters into the construction that I must do to keep the Hall pond (recently revamped) full. I have to perform the construction task with my Case-Farmall DX-55 tractor.
This is a close-up of the vitality of the runoff from the Blue Pond into Poprock Hill stock tank. One year, ca. 2005, the runoff continued from winter to early fall. This is a healthy source of water. The Blue place pond derives about one-third to one-half of its water from our front pasture.
[Presently, an unidentified shrub. I’ll type it eventually. Help anyone, quickly? See close-up of blossoms, next picture.]
[Unidentified blossoms of shrub, close-up. See previous photo for global view. I’ll eventually type, but does anyone know the name?]
In Texas and in the West, writ large, there is a saying: Out here, if it doesn’t bite you, it will stick or sting you. This photograph indicates sticking and stinging. To be frank, I am not sure the empty nest is Black Wasp or Yellow Jacket. I’ll get back to you this summer with an answer.
Tracks of coyote from yesterday’s sighting unconfirmed on Poprock pond. No track found. Doubting what I saw.
Mallard ducks flushed from Hall pond. Photographs of flight.
Wind is strong from north, 20+ m.p.h. Temperature in 50s F.
Brenda and I unable to take DNA sample from mane hair. Shiney uncooperative today with wind and other distractions.
Seed ordered. Native grass seed ordered: Blue Grama, Sideoats Grama, Buffalo Grass, Plains Bristlegrass, Little Bluestem, Prairie Junegrass and Sand Dropseed. Two day shipment by U.P.S.
Native wildflower seed order for front pasture and terraces:
|Texas Bluebonnet||A||Lupinus texensis||Blue|
|Purple Coneflower||P||Echinacea purpurea||Purple|
|Lance-Leaved Coreopsis||P||Coreopsis lanceolata||Yellow|
|Annual Gaillardia||A||Gaillardia pulchella||Yellow-Red|
|Dwarf Evening Primrose||P||Oenothera missouriensis||Yellow|
|Annual Phlox||A||Phlox drummondii||Red|
|Scarlet Sage||A/P||Salvia coccinea||Red|
|Engelmann Daisy||P||Engelmannia pinnatifida||Yellow|
|Purple Prairie Clover||P||Petalostemon purpureum||Purple|
|Blue Sage||P||Salvia farinacea||Blue|
|Lemon Mint||A||Monarda citriodora||Lavender/White|
|Prairie Coneflower||B/P||Ratibida columnifera||Yellow/Red|
|Clasping Coneflower||A||Rudbeckia amplexicaulis||Yellow|
|Golden Wave Tickseed||A||Coreopsis basalis||Yellow|
|Showy Evening Primrose||P||Oenothera speciosa||Pin|
Sought information on stallion insemination of Sweet Hija.
Sought information on sales and trainers for Shiney.
A storage tank for rain water needs to be installed. I know that Caralee Woods and Jimmy Henley (see their site) will look at this and give me a link to Tractor Supply or Higginbotham Hardware, so that I can purchase a storage tank to save this precious water. The runoff goes through a channel in the Broke Tree Corral and then is drained into our stock pond, so not all is lost.