This summer, Buffalo Peaks Ranch is as dry as we’ve ever seen. Maybe that’s why we headed to the banks of the South Platte River this past weekend. Here is the wild wet world that flows through this old ranch:
with beaver ponds:
willows in bloom:
Iris fields, and new wildflowers in bloom, with each passing week:
Water, our most limited resource in the arid West, will always be an important topic at the Land Library’s headwaters site.
For more on Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s River Hut Library, take a look at this book-filled earlier post, Water & Rivers at Buffalo Peaks Ranch!
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For Two Place-Based Writers Workshops!
Andrew Beckham returns to Buffalo Peaks Ranch!
Finding the Cosmos in the Bramble: A Photographic Study of Seeds, Stars & Sedges
Saturday, June 9th, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Andrew Beckham serves as the Visual Arts Department Chair at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado, where he teaches aesthetics, photography, works on paper and the illustrated book. In recent years Andrew has devoted much of his creative practice to the design and construction of artist’s books, some of which have been placed in the Special Collections Departments at both the Penrose Library at the University of Denver and the Norlin Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Two of these books, The Lost Christmas Gift and Firmament, have been acquired by enthusiastic publishers (Princeton Architectural Press and GFT Publishing) who have helped to bring his work to a much wider audience.
In the fall of 2013, Andrew Beckham’s first solo museum exhibition was installed in the Taylor Museum at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
“Andrew Beckham is a lot of things, but I would consider him a visual poet, using language both written and visual to construct nuanced work that is compelling, fragile, and poignant.” — Aline Smithson, Lenscratch
For more on Andrew Beckham and his work, be sure to visit his website!
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing much more information on this summer’s Ranch Workshops & Events. But for now, we are excited to announce that registration has begun for our 2018 schedule!
Please join us this summer, and enjoy the inspiring learning landscape that is Buffalo Peaks Ranch!
What an amazing day! Yesterday the Rocky Mountain Land Library hosted it’s first volunteer Ranch Work Day of 2018. Denver was socked in with low clouds and showers, but somehow South Park managed to have a glorious blue-sky day.
Over 20 volunteers turned out, and before much time had past we had crews spread across the ranch doing a variety of tasks, including clearing the corral stalls of blown-in debris and preparing two old ranch trucks for their new lives. One truck will allow folks to string up hammocks for a night under the stars. And the old white pickup (seen above) will be the ranch’s new stage for live music!
We also cleared out a promising building that will soon house the ranch’s Childrens Library. While that was happening, another crew was rehabilitating an old caravan that will soon provide people a comfortable book-lined place to stay while visiting the ranch:
And it that wasn’t enough, we had a separate team digging holes, adding ranch manure, and planting seven hardy varieties of apple trees, along with two cherry trees!
What a remarkable crew!
Stay tuned for much more on Buffalo Peaks ranch’s best summer yet!
And if you’ve missed recent volunteer calls, feel free to email email@example.com for updates & shout-outs!