Walking Down My Road

19 Jul

Early Monday morning (or the middle of the night; I have no idea), before the sun was up, I got woke up by the lights and sirens of the fire trucks going past.  Because I live a mile from a main highway, most times when they go by, it’s because of an accident on the highway.  I rolled over, hoped it wasn’t too serious, and went back to sleep.  When I got up in the morning, I went out to milk.  I was immediately hit with the acrid scent of burnt wood.  I remembered the trucks from earlier, and got worried about what had burned.


After chores, I decided to walk down the road and see what it was.  I have to admit that I enjoyed the walk along my road.

Edited: It’s partridge pea

birdsfoot trefoil

Queen Anne’s lace

Edit: It’s mullein


milk weed

Just at the end of my property, someone came out and thought about joining me.  I was a little surprised to see a deer this size without an adult.  Hopefully the little one knew where it was headed.

More wild flowers!

Queen Anne’s lace

milk weed

I don’t know–tell me what this is

wild parsnip


As I neared the end of the road, I was becoming optimistic that the fire hadn’t been one of my neighbors, but then I saw a wisp of smoke.  My neighbors lost one of their buildings.  The thought of fire on the farm is very scary, and I’m glad they didn’t lose more.

It really left me grateful to see my barn roof as I walked back home.

You can see my barn’s roof tucked between all the trees.

I don’t know what I’d do if I lost my barn or any other building.


Hopefully, I never have to find out.

5 Responses to “Walking Down My Road”

  1. janicead at 5:02 pm #

    Oh, my. Fire is such a threat in this hot weather.

  2. Claire Moxon-Waltz at 6:09 pm #

    Such beautiful pictures from your walk – I love them all. Very sad about the burned building, but hopefully no animals were hurt. Your yellow-flowered plant is a partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), a native legume. Bees like them! Yay! Your lamb’s ear is actually a mullein. Both have fuzzy leaves but they are in different plant families. Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) has 12-18 inch flower spikes that are purple coloured. Mulleins (Verbascum thapsus) have flower spikes that are 15 inches to 5 feet tall, with yellow flowers, although some varieties produce purple or white flowers, but the yellow is the most common. Interestingly, both have medicinal properties and both spread quite readily.

    • Teresa at 6:12 pm #

      Thank you! You amaze me with your knowledge of plants, birds, insects, and a whole bunch of other things.

  3. Jeanne at 9:52 am #

    I’m thankful that you’re neighbor’s loss was no worse! Fire is terrifying.
    I really enjoyed your photos.

  4. anotherday2paradise at 1:40 pm #

    What a beautiful place you live in! So glad your neighbor’s fire was no worse.

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