Spring finally makes an appearance at Deep Creek Ranch north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Spring has been a long time coming here in northwest Colorado.  All of the locals say “this is how it used to be” but I often think those folks are just reminiscent of the good old days – Mother Nature has a way of keeping us on our toes and in my 30+ years here every year has been different.  Last spring the snow was off of the Elk River Valley hay meadows by April 1 and the following 3 months made up for the light snowpack with an abundance of rain….it was a record hay crop!  The year before, we were checking calves in May on a snowmobile.  You never know what hand the weather will deal you but one thing I’ve learned in ranching and in showing ranches, even the worst hand provides a moment to snap a photo of a bright, new wildflower defying the cold and reminding me that summer is just around the corner.

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