Cottonwood seeds on Dog noses, blooming Desert Willows, Sparrows chasing Doves

Sat Jun 19th 2010 Field Log

Awaking at dawn, the words “take a walk” boomed out from within me today. So lucky we are to live in the old farming area along the rio here in north central Nuevo Mexico. Short walk in the coolness of mid June morn – along irrigation ditch:

our dog’s great nose picked up a whole lotta cotton, especially as it lingered on the low lying cottonwood leaves where I saw the delicate track of Crayfish – are they trying to climb trees?

the shade between 8:30 and 9 am is plentiful on the east road of the ditch.

the reflection in the ditch water so clear of the blue sky and green tree leaves.

folks really do make their yards into havens in this last bit of town before the river bends back east – beautiful flowers, pathways, fields, critters.

the Desert Willow blossoms were right at my own nostril level at narrow passageway from ditch to street and they sure have a distinct pleasant scent. Plus beautiful shape and subtle colors on white backgrounds.

plentiful Doves and Sparrows here – witnessed that one of each were flying together with the smaller bird seeming more the lead before they ended up next to each other on power line.


3 Responses to “Cottonwood seeds on Dog noses, blooming Desert Willows, Sparrows chasing Doves”

  1. June 21, 2010 at 5:30 am

    C.C.: What a piece of composition on your field log. I like the opportunity to see so many different aspects on your walk. The cottonwoods I always associate with New Mexico. They can be so big and the seeds on the dog’s nose — I can visualize the scene. Track of the crayfish — title for your next novella? The water. I envy you in such a good way. Such a precious commodity, the water. The scent of the willow. I miss a lot the scents when it gets hot here in west Texas. But when it rains, I can pick up scents. Excellent post!

    • June 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

      You all have the humidity that’s higher – could that be the ingredient that makes scents harder to pick up?

      So, you all must have to pump your water, right? I wonder if you are on the edge of that big aquifer like we are … Oglala is it?

      Nothin’ like a ditch.

      • June 22, 2010 at 6:18 am

        C.C.: Yes, the humidity is higher and it’s drier — the browning of grasses has already occurred.

        We get water from a cooperative out here — Barton Creek Water Cooperative. Barton Creek is about two-tenths of a mile south of us. Our Salt Creek runs into it — both are intermittent. The runoff is caught in a number of catch ponds or small lakes in a 10 mile by 10 mile area, then pumps are used to send the water to us. Only about 600 ranches and homes use the Coop. Sub-surface water around in this valley is virtually non-existent. No well water. I have a small well, but the water is brackish and not potable and it dries up in June.

        The Oglalla aquifer is north of us — about three hours on the Caprock. When I lived in Amarillo, I drilled a well into it…sweet water. Wished it was here. Course, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride them.

        I’ve thought about running for the water board. But if they found out my politics, I’d probably lose.

        Good to discourse with you, C.C. Makes my day much better to talk with you about the land and water and birds and people and art.

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