Goodness! This week has flown by and while my feet have barely touched the ground, I’m a bit unsure what I’ve done. Ever have weeks like that? Probably each and every one, eh? -smile-
Our alfalfa field provides forage not only for our horses and sheep but also deer. These two fawns have been grazing each morning and evening, providing loads of pleasure while we watch from a distance. I keep a camera handy, usually in my pocket or on the table; I just never know what delights God will send our way.
It’s almost hunting season and there have been plenty of ‘rubberneckers’ driving down the road watching them as well. I try to be viligent as in times past, folks have shot from the road…a major illegal activity…and immoral…to my mind, at least…because we have our land posted “No Hunting”. So, what part of “No Hunting” do you think they don’t understand? I’m not against hunting, nor hunters, As Long As They Obey The Law. I believe deer populations need to be thinned and I believe in putting meat on the table. My problem lies with those who hunt for sport, killing to be killing; that’s beyond my kin, meaning understanding but I enjoy the old words and tend to use them whenever possible.
Beauty abounds as evidenced by these wildflowers picked by the side of the road. There’s a small table, painted green, placed at the entrance to the studio door that holds a blue enamel pitcher and it gives me joy to keep it full of found wildflowers. The cosmos are light, airy and planted in the small studio flower beds.
Last week was the full moon called the Full Corn moon because corn is, generally, harvested this month. At least, that’s the way it is around here; across the road, farmers began harvesting corn for cattle silage this week. The Harvest Moon is in October.
If you look closely at the full moon photo, it appears two hands are, gently, cupping the full moon, guiding its path across the night sky. I love to go outside, in the dark, early morning hours and watch the moon as it glides from left to right. The dogs love to go outside as well as it gives them an opportunity to chase down night smells and it gives me the opportunity to hear the night bird sing her beautiful song.
We had a gift of rain this week and a most appreciated gift it was. You can see the sheets of rain, coming across the valley, right to left, almost following the cows as they head for the huddle. Animals tend to group during harsh weather, it gives them some shelter and protects the young as the calves are sheltered amongst the cows. If lighting should strike, it will probably kill a cow and not a calf. Surely that’s nature’s way…iow, God’s way…of seeing to it life continues.
It’s been a wonderful week for bird viewing. Do you think this handsome bird is a Peregrine Falcon? The Peregrine Fund has beautiful videos and great information on this bird of prey as well as other raptors.
Isn’t it amazing how the geese will have a sentry watch? I’ve read Canada geese have a purpose to the point when they fly in that amazing V. The purpose of the lead bird is to break the wind barrier, making it easier for other geese to fly. Each bird flies point thus ensuring each bird works hard as well as earns a rest while in the air. On the ground, birds alternate between eating and sentry duty, again, ensuring each individual has an opportunity to both work and eat. Some people refer to them as Canadian geese but that’s incorrect; the name is Canada geese.
Early this morning Dave and I watched an American Bald Eagle fly by our sunroom window, across our pasture and land atop a tree. The eagle stayed for a couple of hours, surveying his kingdom and gave me plenty of time to try and take his photograph. This is one of the better photos and, while not very good, you can at least see his white head and tail. Magnificent!
Until next time,