Water is always important in this part of California. Here in the hills we have to depend on our own local resources -- wells for drinking and washing, and rainfall for the crops. Further down the canyon and on into the Upper Salinas Valley vineyards are sprouting, taking advantage of the climate and soil conditions that make for good wine grape production. There, they drill deep wells to irrigate, but up here in the hills our water table is too chancy.
Still, there are occasional year-round water sources. This spring still has water, even after a dry year. It's a welcome source of refreshment for the wild animals as well as the cattle who graze here. The deer, the wild pigs, the coyotes, the bobcats, and even the occasional mountain lion.