Everything hurt.

I had driven 60 miles to photograph a meat market in town, bought a few recipe ingredients and photography supplies, drove back to the ranch, and then spent the rest of the day cooking, styling and writing. Towards the end of the session, I was tired, my bones ached, and I was more than a little frustrated that the none of the cloth napkins nor dish towels in my cupboard were white. Dingy, gray, shredded, stained, not even one was photo worthy. Mental storm clouds were gathering. Most of these linens had been around since I was a newlywed, and had been thoroughly used.

What’s the lesson here? I grumbled. (My mind veers off road when I’m tired. Way off.) Were all these nasty textiles sending me a cosmic message? After years of use, nothing is as white as it used to be…is that it? Was this some sort of dark humor allegory for middle age? Marriage? Ye Gods, have mercy and tell me what these dirty dishtowels are communicating!?!

Stop.

It was time for a walk. Oh yeah.

Afternoon walks are grand, and I walk every day for an hour. At the ranch, I walk with the dogs, my husband, or the boys, when they are here. Right now, the wildflowers are in bloom, so I decided to take my camera along to grab some pics.

Walking also helps clear my mind, which most days needs a complete power washing. I can deliberate on projects, (in order of must-do, should-do, and could-do), meditate on the current family crisis (some people call this prayer) or just enjoy the landscape, as I yell at my dogs to stop enjoying the landscape so much.

Here are a few pics from my walk. I encourage you to put down your reading device, and go out into the sunshine. Take the dogs, enjoy the landscape, and change your mental direction. The cosmic messages can’t find you when you are out walking.

Joe the Dog

Joe the Dog, thinking deep dog thoughts

 

Grey Ghost

The Grey Ghost, a feral ranch cat imported from San Antonio

 

Can you see the tiny yellow spider on this wildflower bloom?

Can you see the tiny yellow spider on this wildflower bloom?

 

Sun shining through a cactus bloom

Sun shining through a cactus bloom

 

Overhead of a cactus bloom

Overhead pic of a cactus bloom

 

Blooms of a Wild Olive or Anacahuita tree

Blooms of a Wild Olive or Anacahuita tree

 

Kiko coming back from the word working shop, with a BB gun and a couple of his new sculptures

Kiko coming back from the word working shop, with a BB gun and a couple of his new sculptures

 

The only bird that poses for pictures is the rooster, all the hens wanted to do was gobble the feed, fluffy bottoms to the lens

The only bird that poses for pictures is the rooster, all the hens wanted to do was gobble the feed, fluffy bottoms to the lens

 

Even roosters benefit froma nice walk

Even roosters benefit from a nice walk

 

Pocky the Cat

How did Pocky get under the porch eaves, and what is that little sore on his mouth?

 

Joe photo-bombs my wildflower shot

Joe photo-bombs my Red Blanket wildflower shot

 

A Mountain Mallow, closed for the day

A Mountain Mallow, closed for the day

 

Loads of Lantana

Loads of Lantana

8 comments

  • Sister GuerraReply

    April 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Enjoyed your blog and the pictures!! Keep them coming!

  • Pamela KennedyReply

    April 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    What a nice break for me, joining you visually on your walk! Thanks.

  • DollyReply

    April 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I feel mentally refreshed!

  • Julie NortonReply

    April 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. Lovely!

  • BarbaraReply

    April 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for letting me walk vicariously with you! Gorgeous pictures!!

  • LuisaReply

    April 4, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Me encantó! Meli! Quiero caminar contigo! En Junio! Va?

    • Melissa GuerraReply

      April 10, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Si Luigi, vamos a caminar! Traete los perros tambien! tqm meli xo

  • Jeremy ThompsonReply

    November 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience on a ranch! It’s quite refreshing. I loved that you took some pictures of the wonderful wildflowers you’ve seen through your walks in addition to the landscapes and animals. This makes me want to pursue purchasing a ranch for my own. It could possibly be a good place for our kids to learn responsibility too. http://www.nmranchproperties.com/listings/new-mexico-land.html

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