This Skywatch is all about my Dad, He passed away this Feb. and today, Friday May 29th would have been his 87th birthday.
I scattered his ashes last week an Memorial Day weekend, it seemed a suitable time.
These are some photos of the Lemon Grove where he was sprinkled.
He Grew up on this ranch since he was 5 years old and his family came to California from the dustbowl of Oklahoma. He and his brothers and his father all worked in the groves of what was then known as the Lemon Capitol of the World. They picked the citrus, painted the tree limbs ,opened the wiers so that water could pour into the irrigation gullys that feed the trees one by one until the entire acreage was soaked to the roots.
The second photo is of a wind machine that was once used to stir the air above the citrus trees on frosty nights to warm it through motion and keep the fragile fruit from freezing. When the machines were not enough and the pre-dawn air was so cold the crop was in danger ,everyone on the ranch was up and getting the smudge pots ready to be lighted. Women made food and coffee, men and boys were out in the fridged groves filling the orchard heaters (smudge pots) with kerosene, heating oil ,whatever would burn cheap and keep the fruit warm.
Everyone on the ranch had a layer of black “smudge” on them those mornings that had to be washed off before school and the rest of the day took place.
This was in the 1920’s – 40’s when Dad worked at the ranch, although the ranchers were still using the pots when I was a kid and a frost warning also meant a smokey haze would hang in the air.
So meanwhile …back at the ranch…
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