Spring is surely approaching because the local farmers are burning their irrigation ditches in preparation for the first release of irrigation water. A few minutes ago I passed a farmer driving a tractor with his ditch burner flaring away. It consisted of a long boom attached to the rear hitch and was fitted with a downward facing burner that rides over the ditch. This flame from above brings sudden hellfire to field mice and rabbits crouching in the ditch. Potbellied farmer dudes with shovels and a 4-wheeler watch the fire from a distance ready to spring into action if the fire gets out of control.  A hawk studies the activity from atop a nearby power pole.

The local reservoirs have been silently filling up with water in preparation for the seasons long discharge into the downhill maze of irrigation canals. Things are happening in the background.