Waiting for the flowers…

It might not happen this year, I don’t know. But there’s a sort of short barrel cactus, not real common around here, that occasionally grows the prettiest flower I’ve ever seen…


The plants really blend in with their surroundings, so I marked this one with a white rock so I could find it when I happened by. No sign of flowers this spring.


This is one of my favorite lookouts. You can see Landlady’s place in one direction…


…and Ian’s in the other.

Further along, I come to the cattle watering station.


I keep waiting to see cattle, and so far nothing. No cattle, no tracks, no nothing.


They’re still pumping water, though the tank is long since full. I wish I was geologist enough to rate an opinion about whether this water will find its way back to the aquifer in anything like a timely fashion. At least they’re not just spilling it out on the ground like Carson did in 2015 and ’16. Now there’s a pipe that dumps it into the shallow well. I should bring a plumb bob and see what the depth of that well is these days. I’m told it’s a sort of anomaly; last time I dipped it that well had water at 50 feet, but it wasn’t potable. The water from the aquifer, which is at more like 250 feet, is really hard but at least not actively toxic. I’m not convinced dumping the aquifer water into the shallow well is a big improvement, health-wise, over spilling it out on the ground. Last winter when they rounded up the cattle they never got around to turning their well off – somebody did that for them. Not saying I know who.

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4 Responses to Waiting for the flowers…

  1. Mike says:

    Nice photos Joel, you live in a pretty part of the country. Except for the cattle, it looks like a great place to be.

  2. Judy says:

    Like you, I think it’s a waste of the aquifer. I’m surprised someone in officialdom isn’t raising a pitched bitch.

  3. Zelda says:

    what color is the flower, and if you have more than one plant are the flowers all the same color?

  4. Joel says:

    It’s a pale lavender, and they’re all the same.

To the stake with the heretic!