|"I'm back ladies!"|
|Blade bellers and Tank befriends a heifer|
The bulls were also eager for a good scratch and rub on the pine bark.
|Tank and Blade getting a rub|
We saw a lot of cow elk when we returned to the canyon to pick up the last of the horses. Their adorable long legged calves bounced alongside as they moved up the ridge from the river. One cow and her calf took up residence in the box elder grove, visiting the orchard daily and cleaning up the windfall apricots.
|Elk cows and calves at the river|
The apricots came on with a vengeance in the hundred degree weather. The fruit went from green to falling off the trees in three days! Luckily the hot weather also made for good river swimming, although the water was still too high and fast to really embrace the current.
|A few of the hundreds of pounds of apricots|
|Dawson and Cammie water fight|
Even with the heat, the water was cold enough that the warm rocks felt good.
|Dawson warms up after his swim|
|Wes practices rock throwing|
|Dried, canned and jammed, apricots|
We only get a big apricot crop about every four years as frost often nips the buds in spring. Between marketing beef, herding steers, and my day job, the apricot bounty was jammed, canned and dried. We're looking forward to the sunny taste of this beautiful fruit all winter long.
Last evening, we headed out to the steer pasture, hoping to get in a wayward steer who had fallen in love with the neighbor's cow herd.
|Mike and Chester, off to bring in the awol steer|
Ten minutes later, with Chester in the trailer, we headed for home, only to see the steer jump a fence and trot back toward the cows. Sigh, we'll be back another day....
|The end of my bull whip|
From Sara at Magpie Ranch, Home of Bunchgrass Beef