This guy is part of the reason I will not be planting a veggie garden this year. He lives in my backyard. He’s cute though and I like how the light illuminates his pink ears.
I’ll try to have a container garden on the deck but I haven’t figured out the best system or location yet for a large garden here at our new place. I fed the deer and rabbits one unprepared year out on the ranch. I planted a small garden that should have fed ME for a couple months. Instead I got one salad out of it and the resident wildlife were sitting fat and happy.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have better luck at gardening than I have had. 🙂
I’ve been checking on The Owls almost every day since we first spotted them. When I checked in on these two yesterday evening, the nestling was perched on the edge of the rock stretching his wings. He quickly waddled back in next to momma and they watched my every move like always. The baby is getting so big and I’ll be so sad when they finally take flight together. I’m not sure if they’ll stay around here or find a new place. They might see me as a threat. But for now, I’ll take in as much of them as I can. 🙂
Not a bad view while doing yard work.
After a couple thunder boomers moved through our area yesterday evening, there was this gorgeous sunset over Laramie Peak.
While checking on cattle (and owls) 🙂 yesterday, I noticed our resident geese had their goslings out. In fact, I came across two families of them! Even though Canadian Geese are so dang loud and obnoxious most of the time, I like it when they show me their yellow fuzzy babies. Ah, springtime and new life wandering around our meadows makes the hard winter worth it. Cheers to warmth and new life!
The land is turning green with wildflowers of white, yellow and pink popping up all over. Mud puddles are aplenty and the afternoon skies are incredible.
The grass is growing faster than the cows can eat. That’s a good thing. We look forward to taking them off the meadows this summer and let them graze elsewhere while we irrigate and watch the meadow grass grow taller than our waistlines. To say we are grateful for all of this moisture would be an understatement.
We had some great adventures while my folks were visiting this week. But the best part was right here at home in the meadows. In a quiet hole on the side of the bluffs nests a Great Horned Owl and her nestling. All l that we saw at first was an owl take off from the bluff and land in the trees. We saw something peeking out from the hole and thought maybe she was just nesting.
We came back a day later and set up our tripods. Once we looked through the lens, we saw a little yellow eye peeking out from under the momma.
She wasn’t wild about us being around. She’d take off but always came right back.
Just look at those fuzzy legs! The nestling hasn’t flown yet and from what we’ve read, it was probably born last month. It’s should be getting ready to spread it’s wings in the next couple of weeks.
The baby would curl up like a kitty cat when momma took off.
These images were taken over a 5 day period. This last shot was taken yesterday. He’s either fluffed up or is really growing fast.
This has been such a great week nature watching with the folks. I sure didn’t want it to end. But I promised I would keep them (and you) updated on the progress of our little baby owl. I can already see the little horned ears starting to sprout up.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed watching these guys. Have a great weekend!!
We have very special guests staying with us this week and Matilda especially couldn’t be more excited. Her grandpa (my dad) and gammy (dad’s lovely wife) have made the trip out from Georgia for a visit. Tilly has fresh laps to cover in her orange and white fur. She turned and looked at me with crossed eyes after I took this shot. I’d say she’s in heaven. And so am I. 🙂
Happy Tilda Tuesday my friends!
Matilda loves to unplug and go for a walk. She always seems to say “follow me!” She loves rolling in the sand but I am anxious for grass to grow.
Hope you take a moment to unplug and take a walk outside. That’s where I will be all day today… until the rain comes. Happy Tilda Tuesday!
My favorite sign of springtime is the Meadowlark. Their song is beautiful and they surround me with a sweet melody as I walk the meadow checking cattle. It’s a happy Monday!
Branding season is upon us and that means cowboys as far as the eye can see!
Our neighbors have been a huge help while we adjust to our new location. They came to my rescue one morning when I found a newborn calf clinging to life. They heard the stress in my voice over the phone and came right over. But that’s a story for another time.
Anyway, last weekend before I had to travel to Laramie for a shoot, I had the opportunity to photograph the gather and some of the branding. Here are some shots from that morning.
They have a larger herd than us and helped us a few days before to brand our little grasshoppers. Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what it’s all about. Am I right? 🙂
Have a great May Day folks! Hang baskets of fresh flowers on the doorknobs of your neighbors’ houses. Dance into May. It’s finally warming up!