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Flying M Ranch

Over the weekend I had an amazing oppurtunity to visit a private ranch near Modesto, Ca. Flying M Ranches are a huge piece of property just outside of Yosemite. My Uncle Bob has been coming to Flying M for the last 31 years to study the vernal pools that dot the property. One of his big finds was identifying a grass (whose name of course I have forgotten) that was previously thought to be extinct on the property. This year I got to tag along and am so glad that I got to see this amazing landscape. 

The property is currently being leased to a cattle rancher. Luckily the cows left us all alone, but being shy they also wouldn’t let us get to close, so I don’t have any good close ups of them. 
Here everyone is is checking out a very old mortar and pestle that have been living out here for at least a thousand years. 
We found a few of these random rock washes on the side of a small hill. Actually they aren’t that random as they are in the shallow slope of the hill after a steeper bit up him. As the rain, cows and wind come along these rocks slowly make their way down the hill to form these washes.
The Uncles cooking breakfast.
Watching this tike run through this vernal pool was the highlight of the last evening at Flying M. 

Check back tomorrow for some more photos of Flying M, taken from the air.

 

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