We went back to the Zapata Ranch last weekend hoping to see some "pumpkins" — baby bison. The people at the ranch call them that because of their orange color. Not only did we see a lot of pumpkins and their moms but we were given an extra treat. Rocky Mountain Iris was blooming all around the bison with the sand dunes and mountains in the background. The quintessential American west. I took over 300 photos. The weather was perfect! It couldn't have been a better day. We were also treated with a tour of the historic 1917 ranch house and barn where we saw two porcupines in a tree. I don't think I've ever seen a porcupine in the wild before. There were also three horned owls in trees around the house. I painted this 8 x8 inch oil after our trip. This framed painting will be available through the John Deaux Gallery in Pueblo, Colorado for $250. Call (719-251-4576) me if you are interested in making this painting part of your collection.