Last weekend I had an amazing opportunity to visit a huge private ranch just south of Modesto in California. For the last 31 years my uncle Bob has been taking a trip to Flying M Ranch to study vernal pools and hang out with fellow botanists. This year I got to tag along. As did Bob’s new puppy Pippa. Who immediately stole my heart. I had Border Collies growing up and getting to hang out with Pippa was one of many highlights on the trip. Here is a shot of Pippa. More to come of Pippa and lots of other dogs who were on the trip.