Reflecting On Ranch Life
My job is to drive the tractor, pulling the hay feeder to several different bunches of cattle every morning. The replacement heifers are my first stop. They come out of the brush thicket covered with frost but happy to get their daily ration of hay.
In subzero weather like we’ve had this winter, they get 20% more than normal to help them generate enough heat to make it through the arctic blasts. Next destination—a mile to the east—I am driving through a snow field covered with millions of blue, red, yellow and silver snow crystals, reflecting off the rising sun.
This time it’s the 3-year olds coming out of the thicket to greet me. Heading back to the haystack, I didn’t expect to see any color because my back was to the sun. Instead, there were dozens of snowbows – shimmering yellows and reds and blues—spread out in the snow field ahead of me.
It’s the first time I’ve seen a snowbow in over 50 years of driving these fields. You never stop seeing new and incredible phenomena.