The Morning Star Ranch

Beams of yellowed light break through the hazy, morning mist, dissolving the cloud cover. The sun begins its ascent over the nearby mountain ridges. A calm wind rustles the fronds of a dozen palm trees that line a driveway leading up into the green groves. Rooster crows resound through the leaves, perched and at-home in the branches of elfin persimmon trees. Cows moo from their grassy meadows and baby goats chortle and romp about their mother's feet. Smiles spread across the faces of two young girls, each of their hands occupied at filling their pails with creamy milk. A waterfall splashes over rocks into a small pond with fish and ducks and turtles.