Uprooted Magnolia

Nature Aplenty

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 14, 2012

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Turkey’s are still strutting but I think mating season is winding down. I don’t hear as much “gobble gobble gobble” as I did a couple weeks back.

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The bucks have dropped their antlers and are growing new ones. They are shedding now and look all a mess. I look forward to their smooth and shiny summer coats and their spotted fawns when they are born next month.

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This time of year, even though we need rain, taking a nature walk can be intoxicating. The smell from the buckbrush shrubs is magical. I wish I could bottle it! My friends and I determined,when they were out visiting from Georgia, that this flower looks close in relation to the honeysuckle. Can any of you tell me what this is?

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But we have to be VERY careful not to get too drunk on the aroma that is Wyoming. Because when I do, I come one step away from a bull snake. Yep, my my girlfriends and I went on a walk around the ranch to watch the turkey’s and our happy chatting turned into screams and giant leaps through the pasture.

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We apparently interrupted 2 bull snakes mating. Jessica was convinced we had stepped into a den. I saw the first one and as Stephanie was leaping away from that one, she almost jumped on this one. Yikes!

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Now, the way most ranchers irrigate their meadows is by flooding. The local Irrigation District lets you know how much water you can use and when to release it. So our ditches are full of river water and colorful yet harmless water snakes. Patrick uses a tarp-like material called a “check” that directs the water out of the ditch and into the ground.

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The meadows are turning green but every bit of land around it is brown and crunchy. We need moisture from the skies desperately.

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Ducks are sure loving the extra ponds around the ranch. They are becoming every day visitors.

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  1. Catherine Jarret said, on May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I love the colours in the snake/water photograph; that orange is spectacular!


    • leahyetter said, on May 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I do too! Once Patrick said it was harmless, I followed it around for a while. It’s so shiny!


      • Catherine Jarret said, on May 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Too funny! I just saw that you’re from Macon! I currently live in Griffin. We don’t live near any water, so I don’t see a lot of water snakes, but my mother did have a 5′ rat snake in her backyard last weekend. It was enough to freak us all out!


  2. Thrifty Frog (@frogladyaz) said, on May 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I just love your photos! How blessed you are to be visited by all this wildlife! Thank you for sharing with us!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ


  3. aspiringimagesbyrachel said, on May 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Oh my goodness, I can only imagine the panic when the snakes were spotted! We were swimming in the ocean once and my friend thought she spotted a shark and in her panic she pushed me at it (AAAHHHHH!!!) but luckily it was just several stingrays. Still no good but better than a shark. I think she may have walked on water that day.


  4. cravesadventure said, on May 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Loving your pics – Happy Monday!


  5. glamrock4ever said, on May 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    The snakes don’t freak me out as much as long as they are outside and I am within running distance from them. What is truly awful is if they ever wind up in the house..NOOO


  6. Gracie O'Tripp said, on May 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hope you get rain soon. The “crunchy fields” sound like Texas fields last summer in our big drought. We have had good rains this spring but dread the return of dry days when high summer comes.


  7. scrapydo said, on May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Wonderful experience to see what is going on around you! Thanks for sharing it feels as if I am with you on your walk. There are no snakes in New Zealand. In South Africa there are lots, and some are very dangerous.


  8. Sheila T Illustrated said, on May 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Love the colorful snake in the grass!


  9. Lynne Otter photographer said, on May 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Ciao, what a nice walk!!! l couldn’t cope with all those huge snakes though, well done for taking photographs of them. Lynne


  10. FeyGirl said, on May 15, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Beautiful shots; love your wildlife, snakes and all!


  11. Lenore Diane said, on May 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    The picture of the turkeys is incredible, Leah. All of the pictures are great.
    I had a pet Bull snake for about five years. Then I gave her to a middle school science teacher for their class pet. Her name was Taurus.


  12. Ellen said, on May 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I enjoyed the walk so much!!! except for the snake part but anyway I can understand the creatures, they were showing affection and you interrupted their moment so they had no choice but to scare both of you… shame on you LOL


  13. AJ said, on May 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Cool experience to see bull snakes mating… even though they startled you!


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