Tag Archives: animals

I Found Some Models

2 Aug

All photos are taken in either aperture priority mode of full manual, and all of the shots are SOOC.

Lily

Lily

Vixen

Vixen

Leo

Leo

Blaze

Blaze

Joe

Joe

Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl

Stella

Stella

Sugar

Sugar

I’m working hard to improve my photography skills.  Hopefully, all this transfers to humans in wedding attire.

Sharing with Saturday’s Critters, SOOC Sunday, and Shadow Shot Sunday

Memories, Dreams and Reflections 2013

1 Jan

Ashley Sisk has her annual photographic review of the year, Memories, Dreams and Reflections.  Without further ado…

1.  Me:  This is hard since I am hardly ever in pictures.  I’ll share the one my sister took of me and Millie with my novel.

Millie and Me

Millie and Me

2.  I Love You:  Of course I love my human family and my animal family, but the last several months, I’ve been faced with MJ’s mortality and I’m grateful for every day that I have with him.

MJ

MJ

3.  Still Laughing:  I might not be LOL, but I do smile every time I think of Victoria keeping her kids in the tree.

kids in tree

4.  Winter Wonderland:  Ironically, I’m using a picture from last May.  Yeah, our freak May snowstorm was beautiful.

cardinal in May snow

5.  Birthday:  There are times I never thought we’d see Millie’s 10th birthday, but she’s going to make it.  It was right around her 9th birthday that we got news of our herd being CAE positive, and I’m certainly going to celebrate this milestone birthday next month!

Millie

Millie

6.  Friends:  For some reason, Casey and Myson have become best friends.  I think it’s cute to see the two wethers out there together.

Casey and Myson

Casey and Myson

7.  I was inspired: I spent a lot of time this year adding quotes to some of my photos.  I need to really take some of them to heart.  This was one of my favorites.

Huey

Huey

8.  Spring Fever:  Spring always means babies!

gosling

Little Bit

Little Bit

9.  Travel or Vacation:  I honestly didn’t go anywhere this year, and I had to dig into the 2012 archives for this shot of Beavie on our trip out east.  However, I’m planning on a return to New York to visit my goat sisters this coming summer.  I hope Beavie’s up for another trip!

Beavie Getting Gas

10.  Summer Days:  Long hot days filled with hard work making hay for winter’s feed.

hay pick

11.  A Day in my Life:  I know I just shared this shot of Moose eating hay in the barn, but every day in my life involves chores and taking care of the animals.

goat kid eating hay

12.  All Smiles:  I love the farmer’s market and seeing the smiles on all the kids’ faces when they are having fun!

Pumpkin Bear

13.  Autumn Harvest: This is from my bean harvest this fall.

soybean harvest

14.  Family or Home:  Home is where the goat is, and I love that I have my Back Forty as a wonderful home for them and my sacred space.

Millie

Millie

15.  Celebrate! This year saw the return of our small town’s commuinty celebration!  I had a lot of fun, and it was a great day for selling my soaps at the market.

fireworks

goat milk soap on vintage dish

16.  Let’s Do It Again:  Are you ready?  It’s just about 2 1/2 months before we start kidding 2014!

Doe and twin kids

Bambi with Ximon and Xena

17.  I Miss You:  I lost several friends this year:  Cutie, Pam, Pebbles, Cupid, Annie.  I’ll miss them all, but Pam was truly a princess.  She was fun and loved to play and I will miss her for a long time.

Pam Street

Pam Street

18.  Beautiful:  A summer day, watching the sun go down.

grass sunset

19.  Dress Up:  We didn’t play dress up as much this year, but as much fun as Marley is, we might have to start doing plays for Millie’s blog again this year.

Marley

Marley

20.  Macro:  A monarch butterfly on the wild asters.

monarch butterfly

21.  Holidays:  I went all the way back to last spring for this Easter shot.

Robbie

Robbie

22.  My Favorite:  This has to be my favorite (or one of them) shot of the year.  It’s not often you see a coyote close up, and even more rare for her to hang around while I get my camera and come back.

coyote

23.  Don’t Ever Change:  I celebrate everyday I get to spend on my farm.  I am truly grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful life.  I don’t ever want that to change.

Haley

Haley

24.  Just Because–So There!  I love being close to nature in my Back Forty.  The great horned owls are some of my favorites.

Great Horned Owl

25.  Hopes & Dreams:  This is one of the hardest.  I feel like this year many of my dreams were shattered, and I’m kind of floundering.  I guess I hope my future gives me a lot more opportunity for photography as I love it.  I’ve been learning manual settings on the camera and I hope I can continue to improve my skills and maybe even master human portraiture.

flower in quadruple plate pitcher

I’m also sharing this with Alphabe-Thursday because looking back and forward, I have so many wonderful things in my life for which I’m grateful.  I’m also sharing with Rurality Blog Hop.

Farm Animals Coping With the Cold

10 Dec

We’re back to horrible cold again after one balmy day in the twenties.  It was -3*F when I milked yesterday evening.  Today is supposed to be in the twenties again and then tomorrow we’re expecting a high of 11*.  How do the animals cope with the cold?

The Birds

The geese take it all in stride.  You’d never know it was cold.  Millie jokes about their feet being made of rubber, but I think she might be right.  They still stick their whole heads in the cattle tank and get water all over themselves.  I don’t know how they do it, but the cold is just another day to them.

African goose

Of course, they do draw those legs up into their down feathers and tuck their beaks under their wings to sleep.  They are pretty aerodynamic in their shape, and the winds seems to go right over them.  It takes the worst blizzard before they bother to go inside.

geese in quonset hut

The other birds are not as fond of the cold weather, but they have warm down feathers and a building.  They huddle together for warmth, and they do pretty good.  It is awfully hard on the chickens though.  I haven’t lost any yet, but cold really is hard on them.

The Caprine and Bovine

The goats and cattle do pretty good.  Of course, the extreme weather is hardest on the old and the young.  I give them a bit of grain and they have plenty of hay.  MJ has made it challenging this year.

steer and goats in barn

I give him a huge pile of hay, but the goats seem to think they should get all the hay I put out there.  MJ is awfully nice, but he’s figured out he’ll have to stay with his food or he’ll lose it.

steer and goats eating hay

Cora, Victoria and MJ

I think I’ve talked him into staying by his big pile instead of checking out the other piles.

steer and goats in barn

I’ve also had MJ talking over the fence and telling Maxine and Norma Jean how awesome the room service is on his side of the fence.  I was really worried about Maxine trying to jump the fence to get in with him.  I took them a bale of hay, and my dear nephew set out the first big round bale of the winter.

cows in snow eating hay

Norma Jean and Maxine

The Canine

Stella has a double coat.  She tolerates the cold much better than she does the heat of summer.  When everyone else is huddled in, she’s out walking her route and barking all night.

Great Pyrenees

Stella

Still she’s getting older, and a girl needs a place to get out of the snow and wind and pull the ice balls out of her feet.

Great Pyrenees

Sadly, she’s also a freak.  I’m trying to get her to realize the greenhouse is open, and she can have the space behind the panel.

Great Pyrenees in building

The Felines

The cats are spoiled.  Leo spends most of his time lying over the register, soaking up the hot air coming out.  He will curl up in the chair with Snickers too.

cats on cushion

Leo and Snickers

sleeping cat

Bob is staying inside, but he’s an annoying Bob right now.

Bob

Bob

He’s already going stir crazy, much to the annoyance of both Snickers and me.

Honestly, for all the animals access to plenty of food, clean water (not just ice) and shelter is important.  If they are healthy and have these things, most times they’ll be fine.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday with Create With Joy.