Our favorite tree is covered in buds - leaves will be opening soon.
Kari asked last week why this is our favorite tree. Well, it sits in the middle of an open field in a very Norman Rockwell style, with long range views of the mountains in one direction, Cataloochee Ranch in another direction and Cataloochee Ski in yet another direction. So, from any vantage point in the field, the views are just gorgeous. Plus the tree is so old, so tall, so full – it is just a work of art as only nature can do. And, in the summer, we can all spread out in its shade because it casts such a huge shadow. For all of those reasons, it is our favorite tree.
Back to the signs of spring . . .
The long range view from our tree looking east - a beautiful clear spring day before the haze of summer hits.
Cataloochee Ski is scheduled to close next Sunday, April 11.
Though with a 23"-96" (58 - 244 cm) base, conditions are still good as this snow boarder shows.
At the thousand acre Cataloochee Ranch, the horses have been released to the summer fields.
Which makes Natasha happy, who loves seeing her "Big Dog" friends.
Though traffic rules on the ranch are always clear - horses and cows have the right of way.
Spring also brings the start of wildfire season. Though this one is well away from Chez Herd (we saw it hiking), the Forest Service is reporting 23 active fires in our area and we have a week of dry weather predicted.
Note – the last fire to get on to any of our land was the Pinnacle Ridge Fire in 2008. You can read about it here.
The surest sign of spring is all around us at Chez Herd - molting Siberian - as demonstrated by Rusty.
Go ahead and confess. Who is trying to reach through the screen and pluck some fur?