California Summer-Landscapes

The best thing about living on the ranch is watching the seasons change.  Since California summers are so dry, the grasses that grew tall and green in the springtime turn golden and brittle, contrasting with the clusters of still green oak trees on the ridges.  Except for around the creeks and springs, the only green vegetation that remains are weeds: the noxious Star Thistle and the fragrant but useless Tarweed.  The summertime highs range up into the 100's with the overnight lows plummeting into the 40's or 50's.  It's a harsh landscape for anyone unfamiliar with it, but it's paradise to me.

Natural grasses in the front meadow.

Putah Creek.  Running at it's lowest in late August.

The yearly crop of Tarweed growing in the meadow with the Meadow Barn in the background.