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Matt O'Brien (email@example.com)
ranch is home to a lot more things than just cowboys and cattle:
the diversity of flora and fauna and the relationships among them
are extensive and marvelous. These ranches are full of history--
natural history, like the deer trails that have been used for ages,
and the scattered feathers and bones of animals that tell of life
and death struggles, as well as human history: next to the cattle
trails, which may have been trod by the great herds of Mission San
Jose and the land grant ranchos, you might come across an old rusted
pickup truck, an old hay rake, or some other agricultural implement
from the 20s or 30s, or perhaps the ruins of a barn or an old homestead
site. On some ranches arrowheads have been found.
these places are paved, however, all of that goes. All links to
the past, all wildlife and natural history, are covered by a homogenous
suburbia that looks the same wherever you go. Lost is a unique California
culture and a unique California landscape.
to the Ranch is my celebration of the California that I grew up
in and that I love.
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