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Ah, April in Wyoming…

It’s a snowy day here. We are in the midst of a good old fashioned Wyoming spring blizzard. The wild turkeys are huddled in the trees around the house with their heads tucked beneath their wings in defense. The buffalo, of course, are out frolicking in the meadow. They love this cool spring weather.

Hope you are all happy and healthy today!

Happy April Snow Showers!

More snow last night, and it’s still coming down this morning. If we can just get some warmer nighttime temperatures, the wildflowers should be amazing.

A snowy April day in Wyoming

2016-12-11 10.49.03We woke this morning to find four inches of fresh snow covering the red cliffs, and forty-nine elk standing on the mountain slope in front of the house. We made coffee and sat in front of the window to watch them peacefully graze down the mountain to the creek below.  As we did, we could hear the buffalo calling to each other in the meadow.  They love cool spring mornings best of all.  There’s new green grass, but no biting flies yet.

Perfection is made of April mornings like this…

Hope you have a peaceful and perfect day!

Mike and Kathy

Autumn has arrived…

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Autumn in northern Wyoming is so peaceful. It’s a beautiful cool morning here, 46 degrees. Our chestnuts and aspens started to turn color a few days ago and are now shading red and gold. The buffalo love this time of year, as well. The biting flies begin to disappear, and the calves are big enough–300-400 pounds now–that they can pretty much take care of themselves against the mountain lions, wolves, and occasional bear that comes through.  We love this time of year.

Thanks to everyone who wrote to say how much they like the new PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL cover and style.  We agree.  We’re really delighted with the new look.   And it was so much fun to write about early Vikings in North America.

SUN BORN, The second book in the PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR series, is due to be released in about a month.  We really hope you enjoy it.  Cahokia at it’s peak was truly an amazing city. 

We wish you all a happy and serene Autumn.

Mike and Kathy

 

 

LANGE IS GONE…

It’s always a sad day at Red Canyon Ranch when we lose an old, old friend. Our 26 year-old bison cow, Lange, died. Her best friend, Clover, and her daughter, Susie Q, did not leave her side through the entire quiet natural death. The mourning ritual for bison is fascinating and heartbreaking. The entire herd gathered around her and took turns licking her body. The herd did not leave her for ten hours, then finally they slowly moved away.

Other bison ranch’s slaughter older cows when they no long calve.  We do not.  Older animals play a vital role in the psychological health of the herd, and they pass on their knowledge to the younger animals in some amazing ways.  We’ve watched old cows lead sick young animals to the medicinal plants that will ease their pain.  Really.  Perhaps more importantly, older animals pass on bison culture, in much the same way the humans and elephants do, by teaching.  

Lange was a special and gentle old soul. We will miss her very much.

Lange at Red Canyon Ranch

Lange at Red Canyon Ranch

Mike and Kathy

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