Category: CULTURE

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Keeper of the Flame

Our artist pal Boyd Elder is one of the unforgettable characters of far-West Texas. NOTE: post initially appeared on TexasHighways.com and in print, the June 2016 edition

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Spring 2016 Game Cameras

Biodiversity is Good, not Bad Because plants need animals as much as animals need plants, a biodiverse plant community requires a biodiverse animal community. Conventional wildlife “management” and “conservation” theory says that most of the animals, and especially the predators pictured below harm “native” plants and animals, through “competition”, and should be reduced if not

Another Successful Rocket Launch in the Sierra Diablos

The escarpments in the background are the high country of Circle Ranch: The Sierra Diablo Mountains of far-West Texas.

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Merry Christmas from Circle Ranch

“God bless us, every one!”

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Congratulations Blue Origin

Blue Origin’s successful launch and recovery on November 23, 2015 leapfrogs them to leadership in the private space race. The launch-landing site is next door to Circle: The cliffs in the far background are the Sierra Diablo rim, Circle Ranch’s high country.

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AIAR Far-West Texas Reunion

My brothers and I hosted our high school graduating classes for a far-West Texas reunion. We spent two nights at Circle, two more at Cibolo Creek, one night in the Chisos Mountains and our last night in Fort Davis. Our classmates came from around the world. They could not believe the beauty and diversity of

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Notable & Quotable: John Steinbeck on Dry Years and Wet Years

‘But there were dry years too, and they put a terror on the valley.’ John Steinbeck was of a generation that lived close to the land. Grapes of Wrath, and The Red Pony reveal his farmer’s insight. Writing about California’s Salinas Valley, where he grew up, in the novel East of Eden (1952):

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West Texas, Photography by Weiman Meinzer

An evocative and beautiful short film about the culture, wildlife and geography of West Texas. Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas from Wyman Meinzer on Vimeo.

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New Year's Greetings from Far-West Texas

A 1-week family gathering in far-West Texas between Christmas and New Year’s is a family tradition. New Year weather can be fair, or brutal. Our best 2014 ranch investment was our standby generator system: We were snug in a weeklong storm.

Thanksgiving Greetings from Circle Ranch

Circle Ranch and the Gill family extend our best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Here is a short video that captures highlights of our Thanksgiving week.