I started off the work week with owls so I thought I would end it with this…Momma owl and her THREE owlets! I finally got them all in one shot! I hope I’m not driving you crazy with these but I just had to share. Hope it makes you smile. :)
Have a great weekend!
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir
I enjoy my daily walks through the meadows and by the river. It’s a celebration of Earth and it’s a good way to clear the mind and focus on being grateful.
Yesterday I observed puddle after puddle that collected during the rainfall last week and weekend. This will help our grass to grow and the rivers to flow. I did NOT resist the temptation of splashing around in this ankle high puddle like I used to do in my younger days. I’ve often said that rain puddles are like magnets to kids (and kids at heart). :)
Happy Earth Day, my friends. xoxo
I’ve counted three owlets lately. It’s hard to tell in the photos but I’ve seen them with my own eyes and binoculars. I thought one was a goner but it turns out it was just asleep.
Momma is pretty protective and sits on them a lot.
They are getting bolder. This one stood out on the edge for a while.
I know you only see two here but I know I’ve counted three. I don’t know how far back that cave goes but momma has found a very safe place to raise her young. I love those bright eyes!
It’s been raining for days and days. It.is.good. Happy weekend to you all!
I love how the deer gracefully tiptoe into my path some days.
Notice the buds and green grass. The rain is helping us make progress towards springtime beauty. Ahhhh. :)
The morning haze rolled off the mountains and down onto us yesterday. It rained, snowed, drizzled, rained, sleeted, and snowed all day long. At one point it felt like the wind was blowing from all directions because the rain came down in a cross-cross pattern. The snow didn’t stick and on this damp and chilly morning, we are so grateful for this springtime moisture.
PS: Only two more cows left to calve. Yay!
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Say what you will about my choice to leave city life for the country. Even though I miss bits of living in a big city, I’ll take this traffic jam over road rage and exhaust fumes any day.
I love my early morning commute.
Happy Monday everyone!
We had a little snow blow through here yesterday. Along with checking cattle several times a day, I’ve also been checking the nest in the bluffs where my folks and I witnessed a horned owl and her owlet for the first time last year. Lo and behold, she’s back. I count two baby owls in this shot but there could be as many as 6 in a clutch. There was only the one last year. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to see them. Let Owl Watching 2015 commence! :)
Have a Good Friday everyone. Be well.
…I only have five more to go. Calving has been a bit challenging but overall we are well. Busy, but well. Happy and healthy. And sometimes on a sunny afternoon, we are very lazy.
Proud mommas keep their calves close.
When I ride through the meadow to check on everyone, the good mothers locate their babies for me.
And sweet kisses occur frequently.
Now don’t get too excited. There are days that don’t go as well as one would hope. Some of these cows seem to think that having their calf across the river is a good idea. Sure, she’s looking for privacy to give birth. But when she’s ready to join the herd, walking across the river isn’t as easy for her calf as she thinks. Like Patrick says, “they just want to baptize them right off the bat!”
I wait for P to get home from work so we can cross the river in the 4-wheeler to spook them out of the bluffs and catch the calf (by his tail). Then we load the little booger up and drive him back across with mom following us while breathing heavy and humming.
Then there are times when the cow crosses the river with her older calf and hides him in a canyon. So the big, bad coyote (Patrick) scares him up and out of there and we “encourage” them to cross back and join the herd.
I’m on the edge of my seat right about now.
I. hate. this. part.
Can I look now?
It’s so scary to watch them cross. Patrick is in the process of fencing off the river but that takes time and money, both of which are scarce around here. But we are hoping to have it done before next calving season.
The weather has been splendid and I have felt like I’ve been in a National Geographic documentary these past couple of weeks.
On that note, the turkey’s are back!
It was a busy weekend with shoots, computer work, and calving. The calm, overcast sunrise this morning was just what I needed to feel refreshed. Hope you are having a wonderful Monday. :)
Just chillin’. Waiting for more baby calves to arrive. Any day now girls. *Sigh* It’s like waiting for water to boil.
Stumbled upon this shed while Patrick was sawing firewood this weekend. I feel like the giant cottonwood trees are going to walk off at any moment and crush this tiny shed. Aren’t they daunting?
Hi everyone! I am back from a lovely two week trip back east visiting family and friends. I had a wonderful time but didn’t get to see half the people on my list. Ugh! Next time though…and I won’t let it go two years before my next visit.
Anyway, it’s nice to be home. The weather is magnificent and lucky number 13 debuted the first calf of the season just yesterday. It looks healthy and happy so later today I’ll get a closer look. Right now mom and baby are bonding.
Hope you are having a great start to your week. Cheers!
Ello All! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and the weather has been splendid! We are anticipating the arrival of calves within the next few weeks but I am making a quick getaway before our place turns into a cow maternity ward. I am headed back east to spend some time with family and friends and I’m packing light; one camera and one lens. Oh, and a few pieces of clothing. I am looking forward to hugging necks and giving my nephews a bunch of sloppy kisses.
Take care my friends! Winter will soon be over and when I get back, I hope to have some brand new life to show off to you. The grays and browns of the landscape will turn to greens and yellows and little black calves will be frolicking in the meadow. As you should already know, those baby calves are so dang cute! You will be reminded of the sweetness by clicking this link: Tender Moments at Calving Time. ♥
PS: Happy Fat Tuesday!
The sun peeked out through a sliver of clouds yesterday while we were feeding the cows.
The sky is as blue as a bird today and the sun us melting the white stuff quickly. Looks like it will be a muddy day. Have a good one folks!
Once again, we have found ourselves in a snowstorm. It’s pretty magical out there.
These little birds are so cute jumping from blade to blade looking for breakfast. Besides hearing the snow under my boots, all I hear is the softest “chirp chirp” from these adorable gals.
This storm is supposed to move out this afternoon and then warm up the rest of the week.
Happy Hump Day!!
Hello all! We’ve had some gorgeous weather here the last couple of weeks. Such a change from the brutal chill during the holidays. I mean, temps have gotten into the upper 50’s and 60’s on some days. I know winter isn’t over but it’s nice to have a break from those heavy snow days.
For me, this time of year is usually filled with paperwork, scheduling weddings and commercial shoots for the year, and just basic business organization. This busy work does excite me for what’s in store for the upcoming year but unfortunately it gets in the way of shooting personal work. *Sigh*…Alas, it must be done.
Anyway, here is a image from one of my walks along the river during this beautiful spell of warm weather. I love the sliver of the moon framed in the bare branches. Nature walks do the body and mind a whole lotta good. :)
Have a great weekend friends!
The grass has popped back up now that the heavy snow has either melted or blown away. We have to watch the grass carefully and determine if we need to feed the cows and horses with a bale of hay. We have plenty of grass for them to graze upon to fill up their bellies but when it’s hard for them to get to it, we roll out a bale of hay.
Anyway, I thought this was a neat perspective while I was sitting by the fence watching the horses.
Have a great weekend my friends!
On my peaceful walk yesterday morning, the quiet was occasionally interrupted by this crow perched high on a cottonwood limb. It took me a while to locate him. Pretty spooky, eh?