Scenic Alderspring Snow starts to accumulate in the high country, but here on the ranch, the pastures will continue to provide nutritious grass, and on clear days we enjoy 50 degree days to wrap up late fall work. Fall on Alderspring Ranch is a time of muted colors on the ground and stunning deep blue and purple skies above. The lack of artificial light and air pollution, and the lack of air moisture in our dry high elevation valley this time of year also gives us amazingly clear nights to stargaze before it gets too cold. The cold in the mountains and the warmer air in the valleys often collides and produces stunning clouds and short squalls on Alderspring in the fall. On the 70 square miles of Idaho mountain wilderness that is the summer range for our cattle, the only other grazing animals are wild elk, deer, antelope, and moose. The native grasses and shrubs are home to a diversity of birds and small animals, as well as predators like mountain lion and wolves. We tread lightly here, working to recover some areas that were overgrazed years ago, and enhancing other areas for wildlife habitat. It is truly agriculture in nature’s image. The High Pahsimeroi, and the source of the mountain water that gives life to Alderspring Ranch. Ed’s country, which is adjacent to the country we graze our beeves in the summer. It is a stunningly beautiful place. The Salmon River where we crossed, and the river side cottonwood forests. In a few weeks, the cottonwoods that are now green will glow with the brilliance of fall, one last shot of color before winter white settles in. Here’s a small and very unusual aspen stand that was successful in regenerating after a large old growth tree left a hole in the canopy not yet occupied by second growth fir trees. Linnaea on Robin overlooking the Little Hat upper valley. Little Hat Ranch today. Ridgeline stops on our range afford sweeping views and a sense of the bigness of the country we work in, and the lack of human sign…except for Duane’s tin cans.