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Below are some of our favorite photos from the ranch

The Southern Rolling Plains can be a harsh environment.  Some people might say its ugly, but they haven't seen an Open RX sunrise, or a deer walking past their bedroom, or a turkey grazing across the canyon.  We take a camera with us even when we are working because this is a beautiful place.  Some of these photos have been used on our annual Christmas card.

Barbara Boggart of Cap Rock Telephone Company also posts pictures from the area on their website.  These pictures change monthly.

Here is a new one from November 10, 2011 just as the moon was rising over the canyon that our bedroom overlooks.

People ask if we are affected by the prairie fires.  Generally not but this summer (2011) there have been two fires really close.  Below is a picture of one that was just a few miles away and burned for 3 days.  After that are before and after pictures taken by Jeff Bonner of a fire in Gray County.  The fire started in March 2006.  The after picture is August 2008.  Nature is a great doctor!

Ellen and Cheyenne were walking on our road this morning and came across these new born fawns.  We think they were born last night (July 14, 2011).  It is surprises like this that add joy to every day at the ranch!  Momma, fawn #1 and Fawn #2:

The great snow storm of 2011 was not too bad. Ellen was comfortable bundled up in bed!  The animals survived just fine.  Cheyenne had great fun in her first winter. The cattle were actually warm (they stayed in the canyons most of the time).  Margarita (the horse) was cold, but she avoided going into her shed from some strange reason.  The deer were very eager to come up to the house.  Finally a couple of pictures of snow on the sunflower seed pods.






Cheyenne in her first snow -- Feb 2011


Ellen feeding Margarita in a snow storm and Margarita waiting for her feed.


Wild hogs:  1) Cheyenne on the way to the trap; 2) and 3) The excitement when we arrive;  4) Weigh in at the buyer's lot



Deer and turkey on the ranch:


Cheyenne with deer in the background, above.



2010 was a great year for cotton.  The farmers had a very good crop and record prices.  You might want to read Ellen's blog on cotton (see the bog page for December 2010 blog).  Above are some photos of 1) neighbors stripping (harvesting) cotton, 2) a module builder that compresses the stripped cotton for transport to the gin and finished module, 3) a module truck picking up a module, and 4) modules sitting at the gin waiting to be ginned.

Older pictures from 2009 and earlier:


Big Skies                            Conrad and Browser at the corral



Sunset                                     Browser exploring a canyon



Carl Seal planting wheat      Another great sunset



  A canyon                                 Turkey at the corral



Turkey tracks at the tank.     Browser at the tank.



Browser cooling off.             Another great sunset.



Deer outside our patio.        In the Spring of 2007, we had lots

                                        of rain breaking a two-year drought.

                                        As a result, we had great wild flowers

                                        like these Baby White Astors.




Indian Paint Brush               Yellow Cone Flower


A field of wild flowers!


Wild hogs.  One is in a trap to be sold as wild boar!


Four wild turkey at the deer feeder (a photo from our patio).


Our new vegetable garden in April 2009.  The fence is an 8' deer fence.  The black tubes are drip irrigation.  We have corn; several kinds of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and lettuce; beets; okra; asparagus; and peas.


Cattle coming up to the house for water.  This is outside our kitchen window.  These cows belong to Carl Seal, a great neighbor, who leases our land to run some of his cattle.  This stock tank is filled from our 12,000 gallon cistern which collects rain water from our roof.



A wild hog at the deer feeder 30 yards from the patio.  A cactus flower.  A yucca flower.


Rainbow over the ranch in April 2009.



In April 2009 we went to the rodeo in Paducah and I took some fun photos.  This series was the most dramatic.  I was behind a wire fence, which look stout when I started.  Picture 1, the horse is 30 feet away and coming toward me.  Picture 2 he is still coming toward me and is 20 feet away.  In picture 3, I can hear the horse snorting and feel dirt hitting my head that he is kicking up -- I am backing up fast wondering will he stop before the fence or will the fence hold him.  He turned just after I snapped picture 3!

In the winter of 2009, we had the largest snow fall that we have experienced at the ranch and neighbors tell us it has been a long time since we had this much (estimated at 5"). 

A neighbor wrote Merry Christmas on a cotton module (below).  The cotton stripping equipment dumps cotton into a module builder, which creates these large "blocks" of compressed cotton.  A special truck called a Module Getter loads them for transportation to the cotton gin for processing into cotton bales.

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Open RX Ranch, Ellen and Conrad Masterson

1062 CR 188, Cee Vee, TX 79223


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