The history of the prairie over the long arc of time.
Over the years many people have come to work with us in various capacities and for various lengths of time. While their residence on the ranches may be relatively brief–just a few months or a year long–we often hear that they are impactful in shaping people’s attitudes towards work and life as they move on to the next chapter of their lives. We caught up with a few alumni, to see what they’re doing now, and how their time at the ranch has influenced their lives.
Time stopped, we say, in moments of great joy or sorrow, but don’t we really mean that a moment of time imprinted itself on us, left its mark on us in such a way that the call of the Osprey as the sun fell into the Pacific, or the slosh of the green waves against the orange walls of the sand caves, or the rhythm of Raj’s hooves as we floated above a hundred thousand flowers, those things are not just part of my memory bank but part of my body as well.
In southern Colorado, there are two canyons in the Sangre De Cristo mountains where the wind pushes sand beneath them in such an intense and persistent manner that great dunes are formed. All year long, they’re eroded and maintained in an endless cycle of air and mineral, forming a stunning and unique ecotone. It’s part alpine, part desert, part grassland, and its name is Zapata Ranch.
If you are ever lucky enough to spot a swift fox, don’t blink, as they will quickly vanish into the vast expanse of the prairie.
How to locate seven inch swift fox burrow entrances on an 89,000 acre ranch.
Hear an electric buzzing alien shriek on the summer prairie? That’s the mating call of a Colorado cicada, the cactus dodger.
From copper mallow and cutleaf evening primrose to moss campion and Western spiderwort, this summer’s prairie was awash in a kaleidoscope of blooms thanks to ample rains.
How an internship at the MP Ranch helped an advertising art director transition to a full time career as an artist.
In pursuit of color. How a high fashion career in London became the catalyst for foraging wild plants in Colorado.